3 Ways to Wear: Cord Mini Skirt

Almost a week ago now it was my birthday – yay! You may have spotted my massive fabric haul on Instagram – basically, my parents gave me free reign in JoAnns while we were on holiday to get my hands on some fabric. It’s crazy as fabric is around a quarter of the price in the US. Basically, here I need to spend £12+ per metre to get some nice fabric, whereas in the US, I was finding amazing fabrics for only $4 or $5 per yard (very nearly the same measurement). I know I can get cheaper at home, and generally I tend to aim for £10 as my maximum price when buying fabric, but sometimes you just want the good stuff with nice patterns.
But aside from that, I got many other lovely presents (a lot centred around sewing, of course), but the one I’m talking about today is this awesome cord mini skirt I got from Ben’s sister from Urban Outfitters. She’d got one herself while she was staying with us, and after I’d gushed over how much I liked it, she bought one for me too – win! You might have noticed recently that I don’t really wear short stuff any more. Over the past couple of years, I’ve got into wearing pin up and retro styles which usually means longer length skirts. I’ve already worn this skirt twice in different ways – one for work, and one for a Fall Out Boy concert I went to at the weekend with my sister (although I did wish while I was there I’d gone for tartan skirt and knee socks – reliving my teenage years there!). I think this skirt is going to be a pretty versatile piece in the wardrobe and will probably get worn to death, so I thought it would be fun to show 3 different ways that I would wear it.

Cord Skirt 2

First up is how I wore the skirt this weekend to see Fall Out Boy. As I said, I’m not sure why I chose a very typical ‘on trend’ kind of outfit for a band I should be wearing all my old tartan skirt/knee sock outfits for – I mean, that’s probably my only chance to wear an outfit like that nowadays! But nevertheless, this is pretty much what I wore. I bought the Hollister jumper while on holiday, because a. it was really cheap and b. it was really soft. I wore it for the plane journey home in fact. Unfortunately, it’s already done that bobbly thing after like 3 wears, so that’s disappointing. I was surprised to find I could actually get a link for these boots too actually as they’re from last year, but apparently Next have brought them out again.

Cord Skirt 1
So this is basically how I wore the skirt to work last week, the day after I received it, because doesn’t everyone wear clothes immediately after they get them?! Technically the jumper was actually one from Zara, but if you can get that to work against a white background, well done you. I also hadn’t thought through the fact that, apparently, that day was going to be sunny. Yep, despite the thick fog and temperatures in single digits when I went to work, it turned out to be a lovely day which definitely didn’t necessitate a polo neck jumper, but there you go – I was all autumnal just in time for October, but the weather wasn’t.
cord skirt 3
I thought for the last styling of this skirt, I’d go for something a little less autumny since I seem to have been sucked into that Fall bubble. This outfit is all made up of things I own again, and I’m falling back onto a typical red, white and blue look that’s guaranteed to work. A pretty basic outfit, as I don’t like to overdo it on jewellery or accessories, but one I can imagine I’ll be wearing at some point.
How would you wear this skirt? Any suggestions on other ways I could style it?


  1. October 19, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Basically, here I need to spend £12+ per metre to get some nice fabric, whereas in the US, I was finding amazing fabrics for only $4 or $5 per yard (very nearly the same measurement).

    Wow, fabric in the UK sounds expensive :O While in the US it sounds very cheap…
    Here in the Netherlands, prices range from 2 or 3 euros/meter to 15 or 20 euros/meter. It can be more expensive, but on average I spend about 5 to 10 euros/meter (I do want good quality fabric – the cheapest ones aren’t really suitable for clothes you can wear every day, in my opinion).

    • Sian Thomas
      October 20, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      I can’t believe the difference between prices of fabric in different places, and I’m not sure why it’s so different too – like I don’t think people in the US sew a huge amount more than people in the UK?! It doesn’t sound too bad in the Netherlands – probably fairly similar to the UK for the good quality stuff!

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