Now, you all know that I love picking out vintage inspired looks from 'normal' shops! I'd had a peek at some of Gok Wan's range for TU and had been impressed with some of the classic styling, so I was very pleased to be sent this skirt by Sainsbury's to try out. Described as a '50s style flirty full skirt, it's a lovely thick jacquard fabric in navy with gold pattern, and is fully lined. Priced at £32, it comes in two lengths.
It's always fun being sent a mystery item rather than picking one out, as it forces you outside of your usual style zone. While I do like this skirt, I have to admit that it's definitely not one I would have picked out myself. I received the 'short' length, and it's really short on my 5'9" frame compared to the '50s style skirts I normally wear. I also don't tend to wear much metallic, maybe just on accessories. This skirt said to me 'party' and I had flashbacks to the 1980's when my sister bought me a green taffeta skirt from Tammy Girl, and I wore it with white tights with little diamante bows on the ankles! So, to steer clear of the '80s, it became my challenge to make this skirt more wearable for day, and I ended up doing more of a 1960's look in the end, with a Peter Pan collar, dolly shoes and alice band.
Skirt: Gok for TU at Sainsbury's
Peter Pan collar blouse and shoes: Primark
And this is what happens when you wear a short skirt with a lot of fabric and try to photograph it on the side of a mountain where it's very windy... So much for location shooting.
What do you think of my attempt at 'toning it down' - would you wear it for day, or would you wear it as a party skirt?
There are some other super vintage-inspired alternatives at Sainsbury's currently - I recently tried on a gorgeous 'Stop Staring' style white pencil dress that screamed 1930's with its covered buttons and rear kick pleat (view it online here). Alas, not my dress in terms of fit, but if you're shorter than me it could work for you! Have you found any great vintage inspiration in Sainsbury's lately?