Monday, 9 January 2012

Statement Skirt


While in Oz I happened across this luxe gold and orange brocade skirt from Australian label Cue hanging on a sale rail at fifty percent off. Although it is completely out of character for me, I bought it. The colour, fabric, print and shape are unlike anything I've previously owned.

Maybe it was a side effect of the festive season with the all that tree decorating and present wrapping that made me more receptive to an item of clothing resembling a Christmas bauble or gift wrap. Or maybe it was because statement skirts in look-at-me prints were all the rage in 2011 and the idea of owning one had somehow filtered into my fashion subconsciousness. Or maybe following too many bloggers who would pull off these kinds of bold pieces with inspirational panache has given me Dutch courage (Hunting and Gathering and Oranges and Apples spring to mind).

The stylish sales girl cooed her approval of my choice all the way to the till declaring my find a wonderful statement piece. I secretly wondered if I should allow my fashion ego to be assuaged by her flattery or be deeply suspicious that she was just stringing me along and that actually, she was just imagining my head as a light bulb with this skirt hanging around it, laughing internally at my expense while she cinched her sale.


But no matter, I had already convinced myself of this skirt's high fashion merits having noted the sartorial nod to Jonathan Saunders in the print, as well as the influence of the Mary Katranzou school of design where interior decoration and print are combined to make high octane fashion statements in ready-to-wear - you know the type where you take the loudest, gaudiest flock wallpaper you can find, redecorate your most outrageous lampshade with it and then wear said lampshade as a skirt.  Plus it presented a chance to inject some badly needed colour into my wall-of-black wardrobe and wear two colours that would normally drain my complexion should I wear them right next to my face.

Source: Vogue
Source: Vogue

I have to admit though, that upon arriving home and surveying what in my wardrobe I could work this skirt with, I've had a sudden crisis of confidence, and it is now in grave danger of becoming nothing more than something with which to actually decorate my bedside lamp as I'm struggling for ideas as to how to wear it.  So I'm sending out a call for help on the style blogosphere!  Suggestions anyone?

Brocade Skirt: Cue

31 comments:

  1. Well, if it was me, I'd go the safe route and team with all black - that's the only way I ever get colour into my wardrobe! But you could go down the plain addition look and add a statement necklace or shoe with orange in it, to complement?

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  2. OK, I tried to think with my thinky brain of what I'd wear a skirt like that with, that wasn't all black, working with my current wardrobe. Obviously the easy solution is all black. Or black on top, gold metallic tights, black boots. If I went for color, I'm seeing a burgundy scoop-neck top and my gold-y brown Missoni ombre cardigan with the little flecks of metallic gold. And then I'd need some tights (maybe also burgundy) and boots (how about tall and black, and then wear a jet necklace or something to pick it up).

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  3. I would swoon for something like this!

    Like Emily, I think black--a body-conscious black top (maybe a bit sheer in parts, or lace or very fitted button-down, a more masculine/thick belt, and maybe heavier wood heels/platforms. Alternatively, a gold and turquoise woven, body conscious top for summer. Yum! You are someone who can pull both off--and I admire you so much for it.

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    1. I like wood heels idea - I'm thinking something Marni-ish (hopefully cheaper!)

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  4. Veshoevius, CRAP! i thought I was being so original when I thought, "I'd wear fitted black turtle neck and black tights and black boots are pumps and let the skirt stand out!" Anyway, great minds and all that, I guess. I can also see it with great brown boots and a crisp white blouse. Or in the summer, a white tank and sandals. Regardless, I think you made a stellar purchase!!! Hugs! ~Serene

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  5. I think the skirt is gorgeous - and I love that Jonathan Saunders collection. I totally agree with Serene, a black turtleneck & black opaque tights will tone things down a bit and look chic.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. Gorgeous skirt, very baroque and opulent.
    I'd go the colourful route, if it were mine I'd team it with some turquoise opaques and my fringed turquoise suede booties and top it off with the gold tee I'm wearing on today's blog with a vintage Liberty silk scarf tied around my neck in a print that incorporates all those colours. x

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  7. I LOVE this skirt and you must wear it - how about just a plain white, crisp shirt (could even be peeking out underneath if it was long enough)?

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  8. That skirt is gorgeous. I have been known to wear orange and purple together, so I'd probably do that, but I agree with others that black is a pretty safe bet.

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  9. I like the idea of a bow blouse in a color like the beigy background of the skirt, bare legs and gold strappy shoes. Or shoes in a contrast color. I would cover it with a brown leather moto jacket.
    I love the skirt. It is just so beautiful I think I would just sit and stare at it.

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    1. Great suggestion - I really like the gold strappy shoes and leather jacket!

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  10. Gorgeous! You are so creative and adventuresome. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  11. Since the skirt already makes quite a statement, I would go conservative up top. I like it with a white shirt and gold sandals, very Palm Beachy, but since you are in the UK it wouldn't matter!

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  12. I absolutely love this skirt -- good for you! Tone it down, or better yet, amp it up (a la Mary Katranzou). Beautiful piece for the wardrobe. xx

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  13. You've started something...the lampshade skirt. I thrifted a similar skirt over the holidays, though mine is ivory and gold. And I've been wondering myself what I shall pair it with...I'll be curious to see what you come up with.

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  14. Oh, my! My heart skipped the beat when I saw that skirt! I can't wait to see you wearing it and I'm very intrigued how you'll style it.
    And thank you for mentioning me in your post!
    And thank you so much for your kind words! Comments like yours inspire me to continue blogging. Thank you so much!
    We can do it, we can survive winter!

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  16. I love this skirt, mostly because I'm realy into brocagde lately (thanks to this dress - http://farfarawaysite.com/merlin/actors/katie/events/gallery5/medres/10.jpg)))).
    I think I'd pair this skirt with something black, but it also can look amazing with crisp white shirt (with some Victorian detailing) and red lipstick)))

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  17. I'll buy it off you if you won't wear it!!!

    Signed,
    The Other V

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  18. oooh I absolutely love that skirt! I think in my pre-blogger days I would totally skip over it but it's amazing how blogging opens up your horizons!

    As for styling, I would take a cue from the first picture and wear it with a button down shirt tucked in (in white though!) and some nice brown shoes or loafers. Or you can get really bold with color and wear a white shirt and with a colored cardigan (preferably one that has the same color intensity as the skirt). Would be a great color blocking opportunity!

    Can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

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    1. "it's amazing how blogging opens up your horizons"
      It's very true - pre blogging I might have well shied away from even trying this skirt on and just reached for a black one instead!

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  19. Gorgeous prints and colors! Love the bohemian vibe. =)

    pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi my dear! Some really inspirational and stylish ideas, I think black is chic but trying turquoise and gold would look great too!! Its a really fabulous skirt and should be a keeper x

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  21. Thank you so much everyone for your great suggestions! There something in everyone's that made me go "Ah ha! I might be able to do that" - I'm quite happy that people suggested wearing black to let the skirt stand out - that one I can do!
    I also really like the white shirt idea which several of you suggested and bright shoes - gold/orange/burgundy.
    And very keen to try the turquoise and burgundy suggestions too!
    I'm going to fish around, do some styling and report back.

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  22. Oh mama!!! If the skirt gets too scary in the wall of black, you can chuck it my way, no worries, you're welcome;)). I would wear it with green or blue on the top half, mad layered tights and fecking huge heels - you can do it babe!!! xoxoxo

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  23. That skirt is wonderful! I like a bright pop of color to wear as pants or skirt, then a shot of neutral near the face. This skirt has serious legs- you'll find all sorts of ways to wear it, I'm sure.

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  24. Teal would be great with this skirt! I love that skirt. What an awesome find and on sale too! I think nude hose or champagne colored tights with natural color leather boots. It is a dreamy skirt!

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  25. I think this skirt is so cool, I would rock it in a minute. I would wear this skirt with a tan blouse and tan boots in suede or leather. I have a tan quilted leather jacket that I would wear or my black boucle jacket with fur trim would be nice.

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  26. Super cute skirt from CUE - it's one of my must-go shops when I'm in OZ. ; )

    Do you have a post with the skirt? Would love to see how you style it.

    I just updated my blog with a post on statement skirt - check it out at http://apopofpurple.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/ss-2012-challenge-16-skirt-the-issue/

    let me know what you think!

    thanks
    xx
    Jenn

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