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My friend put a picture up on Facebook the other week and it was a picture of her in a gorgeous skirt. I asked her where she got it from and she told me River Island. I loved the look of the skirt so decided I would visit my local store to see if they had any. The skirt comes under maxi skirt on their website. The skirt is a full length skirt, with a side split and ruching detail to the side. The split to the skirt comes up quite high up your thigh, so bear this is mind if you happen to wear it and there is a gust of wind! The skirt is made from 94% polyester and 6% elastane which means it will stretch slightly. I thought the black skirt would look great for a night out on the town with a casual but nice looking top. I also thought some of the other colours would be more suitable for the day, when it's slightly warmer outside. I decided to purchase 2 different colours of the skirt, once of which was the black and the other was the dark grey colour, which I actually think looks a slightly khaki colour. I didn't think the skirt was too badly priced as it looked great and could either be dressed up or down.
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I purchased the skirt from my local River Island store for £22.00; they only had 3 different colours to choose from. You can also purchase the skirt from the River Island website. The skirt is available in sizes 6-18 and comes in Dark Purple, Cosmic Print, Light Grey, Dark grey, Coral and Green. The green is more of a khaki colour. Some of the sizes in the skirts have actually sold out already so it's best to purchase one quickly before the other sell out.
Wearing the Skirt
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I have worn both the different coloured skirts on a few different occasions. The black skirt looks great with some smart wedges and a plain white vest top for a night out on the town. Team this outfit up with a smart suit jacket and a belt and it looks brilliant. I have worn the grey one during the day with a slouch style t-shirt and flat shoes and this also looks great and also quite summery. I range between sizes 8-10 in skirts and although the size 8 fit me ok, it was a little tight so I purchased the size 10 instead. The skirt sits on my hips really well and is very comfortable to wear. For me the split is just right and isn't too high and I love the ruching detail on the side of the skirt which gives it a little more detail rather than it being looking plain. As the skirt is stretchy it does mean that it very comfortable to wear and does stretch with your body which is great if you are out and happen to hit the dance-floor. The actual length of the skirt is slightly too long for me when I wear flat shoes so I just have to wear the skirt up higher round my waist to ensure the bottom of the skirt doesn't drag on the floor.
The skirt can be machine washed and must be put on the line to dry. The skirt cannot be tumble dried and must be ironed on reverse if its need's it. I have washed the skirts once and they wash really well and don't take long to dry on a breezy day. I find that this type of material creases quite easily so you will probably need to iron the skirt which doesn't take long anyway. The skirt always comes out looking like new and hasn't bobbled, shrunk or stretched when washing it.
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I think these skirts are brilliant and are suitable for both day and night. The thing I like about the skirts is that they can either be dressed up or down to suit the occasion you want to wear it for. In terms of value I don't think it's too badly priced for this skirt, and the main thing is that it does look good and that it washes really well too. I also like the skirt as it shoes a bit of leg, but not too much and looks rather classy with the right top and accessories to go with it. I would recommend this skirt to others as it does look great and is really comfortable to wear. Of course the skirt may not be to everyone's liking, but as soon as I saw the skirt on my friend I fell in love with it and had to have it. I am almost tempted to purchase another colour so I can wear a different colour during the day. I would like the lighter grey colour as this is quite light so would also look good for when going out into town. This is currently my favourite addition to my wardrobe.
(review also on ciao)