I love print, and this skirt has been sitting in my wardrobe for years now. I’ve worn it a few times but nowhere near enough considering how long I’ve had it. I picked it up in the H&M sale and couldn’t resist the super sweet birdcage design, but have since found the colour tricky to pair with tops. It’s hard to place my finger on why, but that’s the exact reason things sit in my wardrobe so long – I like them on their own but struggle to find an outfit I love that uses them.
The shirt was given to me by a friend, and I thought it was adorable but often find the monochrome shirt style too formal so try to dress is down to look less office-y. In cream silky fabrics I wear them with jeans half tucked in and think they seem girly and floaty, but with this one having some black incorporated and a less soft fabric I found it harder to pair. So in the end I went for a really flippy skirt that was clearly not formal, but then ‘hardened’ it up with some black ankle boots.
Sometimes I find wearing black shoes with a predominantly white outfit a bit harsh, but because of the black in the shirt I think this works. These boots are brand new (aka second hand!) and I like that they’re a bit shorter so less of a shocking black addition. I also added slightly darker eye makeup than before in a girly meets punky balance.
Black and white bird print blouse – free – gift from a friend (originally New Look)
Cream birdcage print skirt – £4 – H&M sale
Black ankle chelsea boots – £3.50 – Lewis Manning Hospice charity shop, Ashley Road, Poole
Bird prints on the runway:
Left to right – Jill Stuart, Carolina Herrera, and Marc by Mark Jacobs
Paloma Faith in a fabulously colourful take on the trend