Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Lust-have #1: Pretty Pleats

As any normal girl who loves clothes does, I often become slightly obsessed with a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes or a really beautiful accessory. These ‘lust-haves’ sometimes join my wardrobe, but often they remain a distant dream due to lack of funds. Previous lust-haves include white wedges (now own), a maxi skirt (own, but have never worn) and cowboy boots (have worn to death), and this feature will document my love of the moment.

This week, it’s the pleated skirt, seemingly the most fashionable item since clogs (we all remember that obsession last year, right? How does anyone even walk in them? I found it utterly impossible in the shoe section of New Look) and I was utterly desperate for one. First of all I wanted the Carrie Skirt, but due to lack of funds and the fact I remain unconvinced that pink would suit me, my Visa card remained firmly in my purse.

Then I was drawn in by a bright blue version by Zara, at £38 it was more affordable, but it didn’t really go with anything else in my wardrobe, so it was hung back on the shelf (after being carried around the Leeds shop for 15 minutes while I debated with myself).

When other high street stores failed to give me what I wanted I turned to the Internet and soon found myself adding this black pleated number from ASOS to my basket on bank holiday Monday.

Later in the day I went back to look at the picture and it had sold out, so now I’m waiting on tenterhooks to see if I’ve ordered the right size/it even looks good on me.

In the meantime I am busy trying to plan outfits around my new skirt without spending any money, which has been harder than it sounds as due to my tendency to wear dresses every day I have a severe lack of tops/blouses. Therefore, I have been looking for inspiration from my favourite guilty pleasure: lookbook.nu. Whatever you think of it, I really do find inspiration from the ladies who post their outfits for all to judge (they’re braver than me!) so here are a few of my favourites:

I love how the skirt has been rolled over at the waist - this gives me hope for if I have ordered the wrong size of skirt and it is too big!

The combination of black and mustard yellow is a favourite of mine, but apparently one of my favourite hobbies right now is being outbid on ebay on mustard yellow cardigans. Sob.

This is perfection. Classic, chic and simple - exactly the summer look i want to achieve!

Have you been swept away by the pleated trend? How would you style this skirt? Please offer your advice in the comments!


invisible_squirrel said...

I really love the bottom skirt but I think I would look like someones gran if I tried to pull it off!


Laura said...

Thank you for your comment! I was worried about the granny aspect, but I'm hoping the darker colour will make it look a bit more modern, while also giving me the opportunity to play with colours and accessories x

Megan said...

Oh my have seen these skirts alot lately and have fallen in love too. I am going to keep an eye out for them.

Laura said...

Thanks for your comment, Megan :) I've been obsessing over them for quite a while now, and when payday came I just couldn't resist!x

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh that second skirt is just awesome. I love the pale pink, I've been trying to find a pale pink pleated skirt too! I am so in love with them!
Wearing It On My Sleeves

Laura said...

Hi Sarah - thanks for commenting! I went with black because I thought it would be really versatile, but now I'm thinking I should invest in other colours - if only I had the money!haha!x

The Style Rawr said...

Wow these pictures are really inspiring, I'm not sure if it'd be able to pull it off but everybody here looks fab!

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Thank you for the comment and for following - really like your blog :) x

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