Reviewed – Kiera PU midi skirt from Boohoo

Boohoo.com are having a rather busy Spring. As well as launching a very successful new collection with the uber gorgeous Nadia Aboulhosn (which you can read about here), the main Boohoo plus collection continues to grow in strength and style. It has everything, including skirts in mini, midi, maxi and skater lengths. My current favourite from the collection is the Kiera midi skirt in faux leather style. It is sassy, stylish and fun to wear. It can be worn so many different ways that it is an ultimate wardrobe no brainer. It is also something a long way from my comfort zone, but it was my first choice when it came to choosing something to review from the current collection. Why? One reason – Marianne Faithfull!

Keira PU Midi Skirt £16 click to visit Boohoo

Keira PU Midi Skirt £16 click to visit Boohoo

In my late teens I discovered Marianne Faithfull and her awesome 1960s rock chick style, and that was how I dressed for the next few years. A-line suede skirts, acres of scarves and bell bottom jeans and trousers, all these made their way into my wardrobe, courtesy of Birmingham’s rag market. And even though those years have flown by, one iconic photograph of Mick and Marianne still gives me style inspiration. imagesI totally love this image of a fluffy jumper teamed with a black skirt, and, although I know Marianne’s skirt is a skater style mini, I prefer to think it might be a leather pencil skirt. This was the look I was going for with my Boohoo skirt – a sort of an (aging) rock chick! The skirt is super easy to wear as it has an elasticated waistband – a simple pull on, pull off style. The length is midi, and, at the moment, I am wearing it with tights, but I do think this would look great with bare legs and a suntan. The fabric is great, it doesn’t feel too thin, and it has some stretch in it too. It is a bodycon fit, but I haven’t felt the need to add shapewear with this.

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Primark fluffy jumper teamed with Boohoo skirt

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The skirt gets a wearing at Disney on Ice…not quite so rock chick!

As well as wearing the skirt with the fluffy jumper, I also teamed it with a pink blouse (another charity shop find) and Mary Janes for a slightly more formal look. The fifties print clutch adds a little fun to the look. DSCN6675[1] DSCN6676[1] Boohoo never fails to give style inspiration at affordable prices, and the current collection is well worth a look. Here are a few more skirts that have caught my eye.

Georgina Leopard Print Midi Skirt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Georgina Leopard Print Midi Skirt £12

Marie Zip Front Midi Skirt £15 click to visit Boohoo

Marie Zip Front Midi Skirt £15

Ailsa Contrast Trim Scuba Midi Length Skater Skirt £15 click to visit Boohoo

Ailsa Contrast Trim Scuba Midi Length Skater Skirt £15

Polly Pinstripe Midi Skirt £8 Click to visit Boohoo

Polly Pinstripe Midi Skirt £8

Ivy Double Mesh Midi Skirt £20 click to visit Boohoo

Ivy Double Mesh Midi Skirt £20

 

Family Fever

1978 style icons – Kate Bush and Debbie Harry

Hurray! The ‘Top of the Pops’ 1970s reruns are back, and this year the focus is on 1978. The introductory series ‘The Story of 1978’ was shown on BBC4 last night and got my very excited about this years focus, as it was the year that two of my absolute, all time style icons really found fame. I’m talking of course about Blondie’s Debbie Harry and the inimitable, unique Kate Bush.

These two ladies helped change the perception of female singers. Not mere puppets or sex objects, they were woman in control, talented females whose music and personal style have stood the test of time. Kate was just 18 when she rocketed to number one with the incredible ‘Wuthering Heights’, her strange, ethereal singing style so different from anything that had come before. She combined this with a look that was decidedly boho, almost gypsyish, with acres of scarves and floaty materials, along with pieces that looked forward to the early 1980s dance obsession. Kate was an otherworldly beauty, sort of girl next door, but only if you were lucky enough to live next door to one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her look and temperamental talent has influenced a generation of singers, notably Natasha Khan of Bats for Lashes, and also singers like PJ Harvey.

Debbie Harry found fame when she was in her 30s, after years of playing in venues like CBGB’S in New York. Her music was a melodic version of punk/New Wave, and Debbie’s eye-catching looks soon caught the attention of the music buying public. Rumours swirled that she was the illegitimate daughter of Marilyn Monroe, with her blue eyes, peroxide blonde hair and bee stung lips. I loved Debbie’s style as a young girl because she decided not to conform to any set image, at home in a gorgeous white cocktail dress a la Parallel Lines album cover as she was in a beaten up leather jacket. Never just the pretty front (Blondie is a group was one of their slogans), Debbie was a strong role model for me growing up, one who showed that being beautiful and feminine could be used in a powerful way.

I salute my 70s icons of style and beauty.

Debbie Harry

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Black slim leg jeans Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue ruffle drawstring top Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace collar dress Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace Insert Drop Back Tunic Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rose Jacquard Skater Skirt Price: £29.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

Kate Bush

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Embroidered Hem Midi Skirt Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Embroided Western Yoke Shirt Price: £37.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Victorianna Midi Dress Price: £49.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Cream Spot Mesh Maxi Dress Price: £49.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge