One of the great things about press days hosted by PR companies is that you get to discover new brands that you then fall in love with. This happened to me when I attended a Varg press day and was introduced to Scandinavian brand Gudrun Sjoden. I had never heard of the label, but instantly felt an affinity with the cool and casual designs that seemed to be perfect for working moms to have in both their on and off duty wardrobe.
I reviewed some pieces from the Autumn/Winter collection in November (you can read that review here), and was very pleased when Rachel from Varg asked if I would be interested in reviewing something from the latest collection. I decided to choose a skirt, which would make a great change from the dresses I normally wear, and chose the Caramel skirt in size medium, a piece I chose for its transitional qualities.
This is a great skirt. The waist is elasticated, which makes this comfortable, even after the largest lunch or on those bloated days, whilst the length is just over the knee (length 70cms). By having an elasticated waistband, you can actually hitch the skirt up higher if you choose, making it versatile for different looks. The skirt is gently flared, which gives it the advantage that it has a slightly 1970s feel, and although a Spring/Summer skirt, I think it would also look great with knee-high boots for that Laura Mars feel that I love so much. It is always, as you expect from Gudrun Sjoden, made with eco cotton, and so is a real ethical option.
I styled my skirt on a really warm Spring day. The pretty dotted print makes this a lovely option for spring/summer, with the slightly thicker cotton meaning that the skirt isn’t see thru in the way some cotton skirts can be. The multi-coloured spots allow you to team this with so many different colours, but I decided to go with coral. I chose to wear the skirt with a coral Kate Moss Topshop top that I have never worn, despite it being in my wardrobe for about four years (it was from the very first collection – can you credit it?). The big beads were a charity shop find and have been handpainted, whilst I added a coral and blue sandal with an unusual heel from Irregular choice.
I felt really comfortable in this outfit, loving the feminine feel of the skirt. The extra material, and the fact that the waist was elasticated made this a perfect skirt for every day, but one which could easily handle a blazer for a smarter work look. I also think it would look cute with footless tights and ballerina pumps underneath.