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Three skirt styles we’re loving this season

Three skirt styles we’re loving this season

In-real-life get-togethers are on the horizon, which can only mean one thing for your wardrobe: it’s time to retire the loungewear. At last. Ah, but there seems to be a slight problem: it’s been nearly a year since we’ve pulled together a considered outfit and, quite frankly, we’re wondering how we ever did it in the first place. What goes with what? How can I look smart and casual at once? What are shoes again? 

Fear not. Thread Styling Lead Amy Ackerley has answered all of our quandaries with one humble item: the skirt. Whether you find yourself picnicking or pubbing in the coming weeks, she shows us that there’s a skirt out there to help you ease out of your sweatpants and make your debut back into the world.

For beer garden get-togethers: a utility skirt

“Here’s an easy and practical way to ease yourself out of your loungewear: a utility skirt,” Amy says. “A chicer and more minimal take on the ‘00s combat trend, the skirt brings a refined, utilitarian feel to even your most laid-back pieces – think a plain white tee, sweatshirt, and lace-up trainers. 

The best bit about this hero item, though? Pockets. They’ll keep all your essentials (a face mask and hand sanitiser) handy when you’re going to and from the bar."

1. The mini option: Ted Baker Wrene Skirt

Normality may be at the top of wishlists everywhere, but a bit of sunshine wouldn’t go amiss either, especially if you’re more of a mini-skirt kind of girl. We love this Ted Baker design for its statement-making, waist-cinching belt – the perfect detail to show off with a fitted top. 

2. The designer option: See by Chloe Cotton Midi Skirt

The large pockets and tie detail combo is the main event when it comes to this See by Chloe skirt, so be sure to do it justice by opting for a slightly cropped top or something you can tuck in. We think a waist-skimming milkmaid top would perfectly juxtapose its utilitarian vibe. 

3. The work-and-play option: Phase Eight Sarina Linen Pencil Skirt

We can imagine this one in a classy al fresco gastropub setting, as well as the office. Complement its lightweight linen-blend fabric and flowy silhouette with a drapey blouse. 

For rule-of-six picnics: a patterned midi

“It’s such a versatile piece to have in your spring wardrobe – and a welcome step-up from the loungewear we’ve all been living in as of late," Amy says. 

"Lightweight and easy to slip into, it’s guaranteed to make it look like you’ve made an effort, even if you’re just throwing on a basic tee and trainers. Always a win."

1. The pleated option: Boden Louisa Skirt

Photographed: Boden Louisa Pleated Midi Skirt (£130)

The great thing about pleated skirts is their ability to dress up and pare down so effortlessly. This Boden design will have you covered for picnic settings when teamed with a pair of trainers and a lightweight jumper. And by the time summer rolls around (and hopefully the return of events and weddings), it’ll be on standby along with your heeled sandals.

2. The easy-breezy option: NA-KD

Checks, ruffles, and breezy cotton fabric – this NA-KD design is practically summer in a skirt. We can see this one paired with a lightweight tee and sandals for al fresco get-togethers. And if it’s not quite picnic weather but you still want to see your friends, layer up with a long-sleeve tee and a hoodie, and team with chunky boots. It’s a toughened-up take on this midi skirt look, and keeps you cosy.

3. The wear-all-year option: Whistles Giraffe-Print Skirt

Photographed: Whistles Giraffe Skirt (£75)

This Whistles skirt’s versatile straight shape and timeless animal print make it a winner for wearing all year round. This season, complement its drapey silhouette with a slightly oversized knit. 

For the first bar night: a leather skirt

“There’s nothing like a leather number to get you excited for the return of bar nights," Amy says. "It was my go-to for nights out pre-pandemic, and this year will be no different. It’s simply timeless and works hard to elevate your look.

If you’re investing for the long-run, or just planning on having a lot of evenings out this year (aren’t we all), go for something that works well with your current wardrobe. A high-waisted style will let you tuck in tees for more smart casual occasions, and make a standout pairing for slightly cropped tops and knits.”

1. The wear-forever option: French Connection Arbia Leather Skirt

You found it. Your wear-forever leather skirt. Premium supple leather? Tick. A timeless silhouette? Tick. Ability to pair with anything? You betcha. Keep a pair of strappy heels and a silky cami top in arm’s reach too, and you’ll have a going-out ensemble on standby at all times. 

2. The classy option: Ted Baker Elii A-Line Skirt

Photographed: Ted Baker ELII A-line wrap skirt (£149)

An A-line silhouette that gently wraps the body to reveal a peek of the thigh, this skirt is all about sensual sophistication. Balance the skirt’s slight flare by going for a puff-sleeve top. Heeled mules or strappy sandals will finish off this look nicely. 

3. For something a little different: Ganni Distressed Mini Skirt

You can always count on Swedish label Ganni to serve up reimagined takes on classic styles. This skirt’s Western-style distressed detailing caught our eye – and now we can’t imagine it with anything other than a cotton blouse and Western boots.

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Words: Ashlie Brombley
Styling: Amy Ackerley