The Biggest Skirt in All the Land

50s-inspired polka dot skirt and high heels

full polka dot skirt

polka dot skirt and bardot top

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So, I like big skirts: you all know that by now.

You also probably know that I like my big skirts to have a lot of structure – so, ideally I like them to be made from the kind of fabric that will puff out all by itself, without any need for a petticoat. Because I like petticoats too, you see, but there’s basically never a situation in my life when a tulle petticoat is considered appropriate (Not that it’s stopped me in the past, mind you…), and I feel that a skirt that LOOKS like it might have a petticoat underneath it, but which DOESN’T have a petticoat underneath it – well, that’s appropriate for EVERYTHING, isn’t it? And no one can ever say, “Oooh, you’re all dressed up!” because then you can just be all, “Who, me? Nope, not even wearing a petticoat over here or anything – I just threw this on, in fact!”

So, I’m no stranger to big skirts, is what I’m saying, but this one was honestly a bit of a surprise even to me. Because this skirt is HUGE, people. It’s… well, it’s actually not quite as huge as it looks in these photos – the wind was helping it out a bit there – but it’s still absolutely gigantic, basically. And so is the black version. Which I ALSO got, because D’UH, do you even GO here? Together, they made for one mighty big parcel, which I had to go to the post office to collect, on account of how the postman always arrives when we’re out. (Honestly, you’d think that would hardly ever happen, seeing as we work from home, but you would be wrong about that. I’m actually 78% sure he hides around the corner and waits until he sees us leaving…)

Now, the post office the parcel was taken to is in the next town and, rather than driving there, I decided I would RUN there – because once you have a Fitbit, you take any opportunity going to get in some extra steps.

“Are you sure you should run there?” said Terry, watching as I put on sunblock and a waterproof jacket – two essential items for running outdoors in Scotland in the summer. “I mean, you do realise you’ll have to run BACK, too? And the parcel might be huge, for all you know?”

“Nah, I’ll be fine,” I said confidently. I had an inkling that the parcel probably contained The Skirts, and how big can skirts be, after all?

Guys, skirts can be BIG. They can be REALLY big: a fact I failed to realise until the moment the women in the post office rummaged under the counter and then produced a giant parcel – which I then had to run all the way home with, holding it out in front of me, and hoping that passers-by wouldn’t assume I’d stolen it and was now running from the cops or something. The moral of this story? Always take the car. (Um, I really hope no one thought the moral was going to be, “don’t get the skirts”. Because I will ALWAYS get the skirts…)

Anyway, these photos were taken in what Terry described as “challenging conditions”, and what I described as “OMG, will the wind EVER stop blowing, even for a second? And why is the light changing every second?!” So it was pretty un-fun, really. The out-takes are awesome, though. Oh, and while we were shooting, a lone runner went jogging by (I say “jogging” – he was running fast, uphill, and probably had a good 20 years on me. I was very glad he hadn’t seen me earlier, when I was shuffling along with a giant parcel clutched to my chest…), and, rather than rolling his eyes, like I was expecting, told me I looked beautiful. Then he told me I was still beautiful when he passed us again a little while later – him probably having run a half marathon by that time, me still struggling to keep my skirt out of my face. Anyway, it helps restore my faith in humanity when people take the time to be nice to a poor fashion blogger flashing her underwear on the roadside (And, I mean, I don’t THINK that’s why he commented?), so thank you, kind runner-man: you made my day…

polka dot skirt and bardot top

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WEARING: Polka dot skirt c/o Choies; H&M top; Studio TMLS shoes*; Unique Vintage sunglasses;

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  • Chiarina

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    I laughed out loud at the image of you running with a huge box held out in front of you. I would do that kind of thing all the time, totally underestimating size and weight of stuff I have to carry back and forth (because I love to walk and would just walk anywhere if I could), but luckily my partner is a bit more down-to-earth than me and often talks me out of things.
    Oh, and I love how random strangers can make your day with a nice comment. It happened a few weeks ago for no particular reason but because I was out alone and wearing a silk skirt, it totally made my day (I also hope it wasn’t because I accidentally flashed him…? The skirt was light and floaty..)
    I really enjoy reading your blog.

    August 5, 2015
  • As soon as I read the first line of this post I started humming the song ‘I like big (skirts) and I cannot lie’
    It’s now stuck in my head!

    August 5, 2015
    • Ha! The same thing happened to me.

      *continues humming song under breath*

      August 5, 2015
  • The Other Emma

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    You look gorgeous as always! Lovely to have someone make a nice comment like that, it’s always makes my day when a randomer says something nice so I try to do it too when I see something that I like or think someone looks lovely.

    I may have also bought the giant skirt by accidentally clicking on the link above just for a look (and then adding it to my basket and paying for it………………….)

    August 5, 2015
  • Stacy

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    Lovely! And a great story to give me a smile after a morning of very annoying work!

    As for an occasion to wear a petticoat – I call that going to work (OK, I know you work from home). Sure, it’s a little out there compared to outfits others wear, but I have never got bad comments (and even got a complement from an ex-leader of of the Dutch green party when she visited the office).

    the petticoat is, however, a pain in the neck and not practical at all! (Something I always tell myself halfway through my day rather than at the beginning when I am picking what to wear…)

    August 5, 2015
  • That skirt is gorgeous! Good price too.

    Big into spots at the minute, but BIG ones. None of this polka dot things it’s all about big statement spots (although not on your face).

    B x

    August 5, 2015
  • I too love a big skirt to balance out higher heels or wedges. Plus I tend to find my big skirts have pockets (WIN!)

    This one is great! It’s so big it’s like a brolly for your shoes 🙂

    August 5, 2015
  • Got to love a massive skirt!
    Have you seen Pinup Girl Clothing’s skirts? They’re quite full and most are made from stiffer fabrics so they have some good swish.

    August 5, 2015
      • There’s a shop in the UK (Frome, Somerset) that sell some of the PUG stuff called Deadly is The Female, they’re online too. I find best time to buy from PUG is when they have a yard sale and prices are slashed, I got a harlequin skirt for about £30 all in with postage too!
        (Bit late in my reply….been busy buying all the clothes for my birthday! LOL!)

        August 9, 2015
  • That skirt is so pretty. Lovely pictures Amber.

    August 5, 2015
  • I, too, love the image of you running for your life carrying a giant parcel – that sounds exactly like something I’d do, and I’d probably be blaming my Fitbit too. On the plus, the Fitbit makes me far more positive about the fact I spend every Friday lunchtime (as I work at home) trekking down to the post office, whereas before I’d basically swear a lot when I got one of those infuriating red postcards. Love the giant skirt – I feel like I should invest in more of these because they are surely easier to take on holiday than trying to squish a petticoat into a suitcase, even if they make for huge parcels??

    August 5, 2015
  • Oh my gosh yes before you put on skirts like this they are MASSIVE haha but they look absolutely beautiful on so it’s all good! xx

    August 5, 2015
  • You look absolutely stunning! I love black polka dots on a white background, it makes for such a fun statement! XO -Kim
    http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

    August 5, 2015
  • The skirt looks amazing, I can easily understand why you bought 2 of them 🙂

    August 5, 2015
  • Myra

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    You are beautiful

    August 5, 2015
  • I love this skirt, but love even more the story of how you got it. I love the amount of backstory that always goes into your outfit posts.

    August 5, 2015
  • What a great story. You always put a smile on my face at the end of a tiring day.

    And you look amazing in that skirt!

    August 5, 2015
  • Oooh, I’ve been eyeing up these skirts for a while (I want both too, obvs!) love it when you buy my lust have items so I can see them in all thier glory! Might need to purchase, though I’ve already been naughty and purchase 4 big skirts recently…. You look stunning as always!

    August 6, 2015
  • You look absolutely great! That skirt is sooo huge! 🙂 really nice!
    x Angela // missangellane.blogspot.com

    August 7, 2015
  • This is a truly magnificent skirt! Really funny post, I loved it :-)New fan right here! Lexie X

    August 8, 2015
  • Well. I think it’s a beautiful skirt and whilst I hate running, I’d have run for it.

    August 10, 2015
  • Love this look and that skirt is amazing.

    August 16, 2015
  • Such a beautiful outfit! I laughed so much when I read about the huge parcel. How nice of the runner to give you a compliment (twice!).
    I have the “same” skirt from another site. It’s quite big too, I agree! But what surprised me was its quality. I really loved it! Can’t wait to wear it again! 🙂

    August 16, 2015
  • Mariana

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    You look amazing on this skirt, I have being reading your blog for a while, I really enjoy it, but im quiet disappointed since I did some research about the website where you got this skirt “Choies.com” and It seems is a fake clothes chinese website, that pays to bloggers to talk about its products, the clothes look amazing on the bloggers but when you buy there you receive horrible cheap and bad made clothes with impossible sizes. I understand that you need to live from your blog and that is common to receive some products or money from brands or websites to talk about them but I never thought you would recommend a website that is a fraud… because your are also hurting your readers

    October 19, 2015
  • Jo

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    Oh, wow! I love polkadots and Big skirts. And this one ticks all the boxes. Yes. With the right material pouffy petticoats are not necessary, even though they are fun in which to swish around. I love all your pins. How wonderful to have soo many delicious skirts and dresses.

    January 21, 2020
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