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How to style a tube skirt

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Popgoesthepelvicfloor Mon 19-Sep-16 22:35:25

So, I've bought myself a couple of tube skirts, one grey, one black. I've worn them both a couple of times in the summer, with sandals and baggy tshirts. I'm trying to work out how to carry them into autumn /winter. Only casual, school runs, shopping, occasional evenings at the pub etc. I'm short (5'3) with short stumpy legs, size 10 so slim but untoned with a bit of a belly. Not particularly booby but I don't suit high necks. I need advice for leg and footwear and tops. For jackets I have a black leather biker, dark denim, khaki army shirt jacket (I've seen them called shackets, I refuse to do that!) and various slouchy and boyfriend cardigans. Please help get me out of my uniform skinny jeans! I really want to wear my new skirts but I keep putting them on and taking them off again as I can't get it right.

PippilottaViktualia Tue 20-Sep-16 13:29:59

Have you got Pinterest? Loads of ideas on there... Or just google tube skirt winter outfits or something?

I wear tube skirts a lot to work and for casual also. What is it about what you're pairing then with that you think isn't working? To be honest, I don't think they are hard to style, but I'm willing to accept that perhaps I'm walking around looking like a sack of shit grin i am a whole foot taller than you, so maybe that's it. I just wear them with what I'd wear with like jeans for example so like a checked shirt with a vest underneath and a tube skirt or I like it with denim shirt too, or for more casual thick black tights, vest, hoodie and new balance trainers or the obvious slouchy jumper, vest and a slouchy cardi.

sausagefest Tue 20-Sep-16 13:38:16

I wear mine with denim shirts or slouchy knits. I feel as though a jumper with a shirt underneath (poking out the bottom) should work but I'm not sure.

nickEcave Tue 20-Sep-16 14:32:54

I love tube skirts but I've got a bit of a c-section overhang so wear slouchy tops with a bit of a dipped hem that hides the belly. Unless you've got an amazing figure it's usually better to combine a tight bottom half with looser fitting top half (or vice versa)

Popgoesthepelvicfloor Tue 20-Sep-16 14:59:54

Thanks everyone, I think it's the feet and legs that stress me out. What type of tights and what colour. And shoes or boots? My legs are stumpy and look best with low fronted heels but not suitable for day to day. I have grey Dunlop trainers, would they work with black tights and black skirt, or grey skirt? What other flat shoes would work? I think ankle boots would make my legs look hideously stumpy but I don't really like knee high boots.

Runningupthathill82 Tue 20-Sep-16 15:26:58

Trainers and tights look really silly itogether IMO. In cold weather, I usually wear my tube skirts with opaques and black shoe boots or tan brogues. I also have some grey slouchy flat boots, and some black pointy flats that work.

PippilottaViktualia Tue 20-Sep-16 16:04:33

See, I hate brogues, they look awful, in my opinion. Everyone's different. I love trainers and tights together.

I like really thick opaque black tights, I wear navy, plum and dark grey trainers with grey, navy, black and striped tube skirts.

I'm really tall and I find a lot of knee boots are mid calf boots - very unflattering so I never wear boots, can't help you there. Maybe some biker boots? Might be flattering, nice thick dark tights are always flattering anyway I think.

hollieberrie Tue 20-Sep-16 17:02:18

I wear mine with tights and converse. Also short so ankle boots don't work and anyway I like the casual look. I think it works. Tube skirts are shortish and tightish so clomp feet balance out iyswim.

I wear them with opaques and either ankle boots (Chelsea or with a chunky heel) or DM shoes, plus a plain t-shirt and either a biker or denim jacket, or for work with ballet flats and a blazer.

Trainers and tights look a bit 'Business woman in NYC in the 80s' to me. I like the look of Converse with tights, but find it a bit too 'teen Emo' for me these days!

Judydreamsofhorses Tue 20-Sep-16 20:35:46

I think it depends on the trainers. I have black Stan Smiths, and glittery black suede Gazelles - I wear both of these with tights and think they look good. On the other hand, I wouldn't wear more "sporty" trainers like my Nike Theas or Roshe, which is more the look remus describes.

Good point. Glittery ones sound nice!

CointreauVersial Wed 21-Sep-16 22:32:39

I wear much word for word what Remus said! I also think trainers need a bare leg (so summer only).

Thecatgotmytongue Thu 22-Sep-16 02:53:23

nickEcave, what sort of slouchy tops do you wear with a tube skirt? I've also got a bit of belly I'd like to hide, although I'm shall a size 14/16 and large of nork, so don't suit high necks ...

Can anybody post links to suitable slouchy tops and jumpers?

I tend to not wear slouchy tops with them, unless I'm wearing a jacket over. I am norky and need something to nip me in at the waist or I look much bigger than I am. I tend to just wear plain black t-shirts, but in a size larger than normal.

BrillianaHarvey Thu 22-Sep-16 21:41:23

Remus, where do you get your T shirts from? I feel I should be wearing plain T shirts under bikers/denim jackets but mine are all too sheer and clingy. I am also norky so feel your lead would be a good one to follow!
Watching this thread with interest as feel the tube skirt would be a good addition to my wardrobe.

Thecatgotmytongue Fri 23-Sep-16 16:02:54

I see what you mean, but t-shirts just cling to my bulges. What ones do you wear? I can only wear scoop necks. I wear a lot of black vest tops with an open long shirt or long cardigan over.

Runningupthathill82 Fri 23-Sep-16 16:24:23

I need something to nip me in at the waist or I look much bigger than I am

New too, Remus. I have two tube skirts and they have to be worn with tucked-in T shirts. Nothing too big that adds bulk.

Just cheapo H&M basics ones generally (scoop neck). I can't do tucked in - am too short waisted.

BrillianaHarvey Fri 23-Sep-16 23:51:28

Me too! For that reason I really struggle with skirts. Even though I do go in quite a bit at the waist, in a skirt I just look like a barrel.
Will check out H and M though.

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