Marks and Spencer launched their Summer 2015 collection today, which included the much anticipated suede skirt that we covered in yesterdays post ‘The M&S skirt every girl should own‘. So were you up at the crack of dawn, credit card at the ready, worried you wouldn’t be one of the lucky ones to own the skirt everyone wants? Well, turns out M&S took note of their previous low stock issues and the skirt hasn’t sold out, so if you want one head over to the M&S website.
Personally, we can’t help thinking that £199.00 on an albeit nice looking skirt is a bit much and we’d also feel a bit robbed knowing that so many other people had bought it too. There is a risk it could become a victim of its own success, after all once something becomes too popular surely it starts to lose some of its fashion appeal? So, bearing that in mind, we’ve found some alternative, lookalike versions of the skirt that will give you enough change to go and buy a new printed blouse, high waisted trousers and if you’re lucky some oversized sunglasses to complete your stylish 70s transformation.
River Island has got a couple of gorgeous faux suede skirts both of which are a fraction of price of the M&S skirt. First up is this A line skirt, which is also available in black. At just £25 this premium faux suede design, although shorter still channels this season’s 70s trend. Cut in a flattering A-line shape to help cinch in our waist, it features detailed stitching in an almost patchwork like design that is also a key trend for ss15. Or, if you fancy a longer length, try this Beige Pencil Skirt, priced at £32. Channelling a slightly more sophisticated look, this simple, panelled skirt with front split will take you effortlessly from work to bar.
Miss Selfridge has a pleated, swing version at a marginally more expensive cost of £45. The Tan Suedette Midi Skirt is proving very popular, so be quick, as they only have a few left online. In a more forgiving, flattering cut we thing this is perfect for that modern hippy look.
And finally, New Look has some great 70s inspired fashion pieces, including this Camel Suedette Popper front Skirt. At a bargainous £19.99 this casual fit skirt would look fantastic styled with some block heel sandals, delicate frill trim cami and if you’re feeling brave enough, a boho floppy hat.
The catwalks were completely awash with seventies fashion as designers, such as: Gucci, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, House of Holland, Chloe, Calvin Klein and JW Anderson, to name but a few, embraced the relaxed, folksy, retro vibe reminiscent of that decade. Designer, Jonathan Anderson, explains “We’re living in a generation and a moment in fashion where you see a lot of nostalgia and that’s because, fundamentally, we are living in a moment where no one knows where they are going and everyone is trying to work out whether they fit.” It is a relatively easy look to style and just by simply wearing one key piece, for example the suede skirt, you can give a modern day outfit a 70s twist. To be truly on trend, your skirt should be long or mid length with details such as buttons, splits, slits, suede or denim. The other main items for this trend include: high boots, suede jackets (with or without fringing), patchwork denim, coloured faux fur, high waisted flared trousers and bold, psychedelic print blouses.