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How can I make this skirt not frumpy?

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fishladder Mon 14-Oct-19 18:24:43

I do like the print but worried it looks a it frumpy on me as not as svelte as the model? Can it be made cool?

HundredMilesAnHour Mon 14-Oct-19 18:28:20

I think it's quite frumpy even on the model. But then Boden is hardly cutting edge fashion so it depends what you're looking for.

Do you like the style of the skirt or are you just swayed because you like the print? Trying to understand what look you're going for then maybe we can help you?

FantailsFly Mon 14-Oct-19 18:31:20

Knee high boots under that length skirt looks contemporary. Alternatively ankle boots and opaque tights. Not sure about what to wear on top half though - maybe someone else will be along to complete the look. I’m thinking volume on top ... Nice skirt btw!

nevernotstruggling Mon 14-Oct-19 18:34:23

I think it's frumpy sorry

Onekidnoclue Mon 14-Oct-19 18:38:53

It’s pretty frumpy imo. Think you need to go very sexy or high fashion to balance it out.
Patent boots? Slightly cropped top?

fishladder Mon 14-Oct-19 18:38:53

Well Would wear for work so want to lol smart but also a bit glam. Thinking navy or black satin blouse??

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo Mon 14-Oct-19 18:41:55

I like it, I don’t think it looks frumpy but I don’t like how it’s styled on the model the shoes in particular are horrendous, I agree with pp you need long boots underneath to make it contemporary, I think ankle boots and skirts are hard to pull of unless you have long legs, although the pics I have posted are a different shape skirt I think Kate looks great in the tartan long boots combo.

Divebar Mon 14-Oct-19 18:53:15

It’s a pencil skirt.... it’s classic not frumpy at all. I would be channelling Vivienne Westwood depending on how far you want to go. A graphic print t shirt and block heeled knee boots.

Divebar Mon 14-Oct-19 18:56:09

Alternatively an oversized black sweater and ankle boots. Have a look on Pinterest under “ plaid pencil skirt outfit”.... there are loads of ideas.

ConFusion360 Mon 14-Oct-19 19:16:05

Raise the hemline by three feet?

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 14-Oct-19 20:05:52

Don't wear it?

Atalune Mon 14-Oct-19 20:09:39

Wide legged black flat boots or block heel boots. Think a late 70s/early 80s look.

Or if you’re leggy, then some little buckled up black ankle boots.

Then a fine gauge oversized jumper in maybe navy, black, teal, or even a minty green would look nice. Grey too.

feelingsinister Mon 14-Oct-19 20:11:54

Knee high boots are definitely not the way to stop that skirt being frumpy, ankle boots would be better if anything but it is quite a frumpy skirt.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 14-Oct-19 20:20:18

Gawd, I hate the word 'frumpy'.

Agree that it could potentially be very Westwood. Heeled ankle boots and a fitted but not too clingy black jumper would work well.

Or yes to buckled boots, which could also be very Westwood. Or little black pixie boots.

BubblesBuddy Mon 14-Oct-19 20:23:28

All the skirts like this, midi pencil skirts, are styled with long boots at Zara! They know the time of day regarding style. They have several tartan midi skirts so it’s on trend. Of course you could wear ankle boots or kitten heels. It’s not frumpy - it’s a skirt for winter 2019-20. If you look, there are lots like this.

Long boots, good quality shirt or cashmere and a big coat! What’s not to like?

BubblesBuddy Mon 14-Oct-19 20:24:50

Who wears Vivienne Westwood now? No one under 50!

CmdrCressidaDuck Mon 14-Oct-19 20:26:25

This site is really bizarre on fashion sometimes. It's not frumpy - it's a tartan midi length pencil skirt. It's entirely current. The heels Boden have styled it with aren't particularly an up-to-date look but the skirt in itself isn't frumpy at all.

Wear with boots as advised by PP.

Moominfan Mon 14-Oct-19 20:28:14

I really like it. Would wear it with a cropped leather jacket and dr martens

Joans3rddaughter Mon 14-Oct-19 20:28:41

You can't. It's awful

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 14-Oct-19 20:30:48

Bubbles - your post is intending to help the OP how?

Moominfan Mon 14-Oct-19 20:31:07

Who wears Vivienne Westwood now? No one under 50!

More fool them. truffles before pigs

Divebar Mon 14-Oct-19 21:05:23

Ha ha ha. I love it..... yes OP make it a tartan mini skirt because that’s soooooooo..... ahem “ on trend” hmm

Riverviews Mon 14-Oct-19 22:32:27

I was in H&M in London's Oxford Street yesterday and it was full of tartan, so i think it's quite on trend this year.

I would wear that skirt with high ankle boots and a fitted black top

user1471504234 Tue 15-Oct-19 04:06:27

I think if you wore a blouse you’d have to tuck it in, and a satin blouse would not stay tucked in, it would ride up and not look neat. So for work I’d probably go for a tight black scoop or polo neck and some interesting boots

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 15-Oct-19 07:16:06

Yes to a poloneck if your workplace is a sensible temperature, rather than hotter than Jarvis Cocker's underpants like mine.

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