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I Tried on All the Skirts From H&M, Topshop and COS So You Don’t Have To

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Here at Who What Wear UK, we’re all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That’s why we’ve created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might’ve forgotten about, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you’d like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!

From the sexual liberation of the Mary Quant mini and the furore surrounding The Daily Mail‘s “Legs-It” headline to teenage boys demanding sartorial equality by donning school skirts, there’s no denying that the skirt has a politically charged past. It’s often been suggested that there’s a connection between skirt lengths and the country’s finances: According to the Hemline Index, rising hemlines are a reflection of economic prosperity, so no wonder the majority of this season’s styles are ankle-length.

Like this year’s obsession with It dresses, the skirt has been making a bid for star status in our wardrobes. Case in point? Topshop’s slip skirt, which celebrated viral success soon after its release and has gone on to see multiple restocks and sellouts. No item of clothing is immune to the cult-buy treatment. With this in mind, it seemed only natural that skirts should be my next shopping subject.

What did I discover on my travels? As previously mentioned, longer lengths are the order of the day, particularly in silky fabrics and unusual prints. There’s also a new contingent of statement-making styles: Think oversized sequins, faux leather and tiered ruffles (it’s nicer than it sounds, honest). My highlight, however, has to be H&M’s sequinned skirt, which looks a million dollars with an oversized white shirt—the perfect alternative to a party dress. Scroll down to shop my full edit.

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