The H&M Flared Skirt

If I had a style resolution for 2013 it would be this: "class it up".

I have definitely been guilty of buying things in the past because I thought they were "interesting" or "unique". These items typically end up in my wardrobe, tags in tact and never worn. They might be too young, too trendy or just not the type of look I feel comfortable with. It's such a waste of time and money and so I silently vowed that this year would be an upgrade in how I dressed.

I call it the Lisa Vanderpump effect (I proudly watch far too much Real Housewives). I want pencil skirts, tailored shirts, quality knits, delicate shoes, great bags, clean skin, glossy hair and...well, you get the idea. Ultimately it's about quality - and that doesn't have to just come from high-end stores. Case in point - this H&M skirt.

The feel and weight of this is fantastic. It could easily come from the likes of Reiss but instead cost me about £30. I wore it yesterday and loved it. The shape is very voluminous and full because of the sturdy fabric. This could be hideously unflattering but when worn high and with a blazer creates a feminine silhouette. I have to admit that without the blazer I felt really self-conscious because of the flare in shape...I think it just takes some getting used to. After an hour or two I felt completely comfortable and enjoyed the drama that it creates.

On the opposite end of the cost spectrum are the shoes. A voucher from farfetch.com made the purchase possible - otherwise I would have just looked at them for the rest of my life in envy/lust. They are probably the most beautiful shoes I have ever owned. And hello kitten heel! :)  I ordered half a size up as I heard that the front is cut low and narrow. It turned out to be a perfect fit. Unfortunately I now want to own the flat version.







Skirt: H&M - Link!
Shirt: H&M (as featured in the uninspired OOTD I last posted)
Blazer: Topshop - Link!
Shoes: Valentino
Bag: Celine

I have my sister and family staying with me at the moment so the photos were taken by George - my nephew. He did a good job I think and he didn't even question the weirdness of me getting him to take my "Outfit of the Day" :)

Before I leave you, a quick book recommendation. I am currently reading The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It set me back 20p on Amazon but is so far a cute, funny story of a rebellious old man who runs away from his old people's home. It's a little bit of a dark comedy but very much a book that rests in the "feel good" category. I recommend!

98 comments:

  1. The skirt is gorgeous! And don't even get me started on the shoes....

    I am a loud and proud lover of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Lisa always reminds me of you ;) If only we had a house half as big as her mansion ;)

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  2. Wow the shoes are beautiful! And I love the skirt! I always see such nice clothes from H&M on blogs etc. but when I go in-store I never see anything I like :)

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  3. Oh Laura this outfit is just too gorgeous :o) You look amazing x

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  4. The H&M skirt links to dog kennels haha!
    Beautiful skirt & shoes btw xx

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  5. I NEED that skirt Laura! I live in the U.S., so I hope they have it. I'm going to check it out today!

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  6. Laura I love this outfit! I cannot believe we both live in Dubai :') Its fab because I am a blogger as well. Hope to see you at an event soon x

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  7. Your outfit is stunning! I'm in love with the skirt.

    Gillian x

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  8. Im so jealous of your shoes! The skirt is beautiful too!

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  9. Cute skirt and those shoes <3. I almost bought that book at Christmas, but then spent the holiday in bed sick and forgot. I might go an purchase it now. I read good reviews although I think some bits were sad. Hopefully it is good to the end- let me know? xx

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  10. I love this outfit especially the shoes! ❤

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  11. It doesn't look like it's from H&M at all! Very classic, love it :)

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  12. You always look ever so elegant! That skirt looks expensive, its gorgeous.
    Also, I just finished reading that book (bought for the same 20p kindle reason!) I actually really enjoyed it! Funny, sweet story.
    xxx

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  13. The skirt is very Carrie Bradshaw, I love it! I'm a big fan of kitten heels too, much more classy! xx

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  14. Wow what a beautiful outfit, so elegant and chic! The shoes are amazing - I have been staring at them in awe!

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  15. Those shoes are to die for! Love how you matched them to your bag.

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  16. This is such a beautiful outfit, you look so elegant yet understated.

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  17. Wow that's a really pretty outfit! I love the skirt!!

    Great post! :D

    XO
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  18. I love this look and the shoes are amazing! xx
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  19. This just proves that you don't need money to look stylish with a skirt like this! Great buy! The Celine bag always pulls at my heart though :')

    Siobhan xxxx

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  20. That skirt is beautiful! Will be looking out for that in stores :)
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  21. Such a beautiful and classy outfit. So gorgeous.

    xx

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  22. Oh my gosh. In love with that skirt. Laura, how do you manage to look amazing in everything? Class act. ;)

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  23. Love this skirt!! I would love to be able to pull that look off, but I am so short it would probably drown me.

    I have a style resolution, to be more brave in my fashion choices! It was my first post on my blog x

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  24. Love the skirt but completely in love with the Valentino shoes!
    xxx

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  25. I love the skirt, I am going to go and check it out now.

    Lou

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  26. I just bought that book so glad to hear you're giving it a good review. Can't wait to read it! Also, love the flare of that skirt!

    xo, alison*elle

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  27. Those are my ULTIMATE shoes, total shoe envy! The skirt looks lovely on you too.
    Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo
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  28. Those shoes are lovely!

    - Keyta

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  29. Love those shoes and currently watching Mrs Vanderpump as I'm typing, she looks fab in her kaftan in Hawai. I too aspire to look as glam as the Vanderpump there's no shame in that!!!

    Xx

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  30. This skirt is now on my wish list. I can't believe how affordable it is! Thank you for sharing. Also, I am halfway through that book, I love it. As you say, a little bit of dark humour, but I think it's very clever and an absolute bargain.

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  31. Beautiful as always. Do you know if the skirt comes in different colours? May have to make a visit, and pick one up for myself :)

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  32. Gorgeous, as always! I'm in love with your bag. Xx

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  33. Such a beautiful outfit. I love the skirt so much, it's been put to the top of my wish list.
    Love
    Emily Jane x

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  34. I think you already have a style like lisa. I really like this skirt x

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  35. That skirt is beautiful!! And George is a very good photographer! xxx

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  36. Love the skirt!!! And the valentino shoes are amazing!!

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  37. Laura, I love the skirt. It's obvious that you were hiding the flare with the blazer tho. May I suggest wearing a more fitted cropped blazer with it and show off that flare!!!

    Those shoes are something gorgeous!!!!!! I'm officially jealous of you.

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  38. i love the whole look!!!the bag is great!
    kisses from milano
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  39. Wow, that skirt is gorgeous! Looks lovely!

    XO, Kelsey

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  40. Gorgeous outfit as always Laura :) xx

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  41. I had the same revelation this weekend. Quantity over quality.

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  42. I'm reading that book too, finding it a little slow at parts!

    I also need that skirt in my life! The celine bag shall have to wait...one day;)

    xox

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  43. Oh this is so lovely and summery! Hurry up warm weather! x

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  44. Lovely skirt, your heels are STUNNING

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  45. Beautiful head to toe!
    Love watching the real housewives :)

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  46. Those shoes!!! So amazing. The skirt is really pretty too, funny I wouldn't have picked that up in the shop. And now I'm looking at it online... sigh...

    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

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  47. I like the different elements of this outfit but to be honest I am not sure if it's you? I hope its ok for me to say....I do admire you trying new things,,,,I am the worst for that.
    J
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  48. this skirt is amazing!


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  49. I have been lusting after those shoes for too long, and they perfectly match the Celine. Love this look!

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  50. Love love love this look xx

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  51. Shoes are just amazing!the skirt is nice to, but youre just so pretty that everything must look great on you!
    Hugs

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  52. Gorgeous skirt!
    Really love this outfit.
    Am also very tempted to buy the book you've suggested - am looking for something to read at the moment so I'm glad I saw your post :)

    X

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  53. Love this entire outfit, its so put together. I wish H&M had a proper website because I would be all over that shirt!!! I was browsing ASOS earlier and saw a top that is very you. Is that weird?

    http://www.asos.com/ASOS-Petite/ASOS-PETITE-Exclusive-Peplum-Blouse-With-Crochet-Trim/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2724394&cid=2623&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=200&sort=-1&clr=Cream

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  54. I literally dream about owning those shoes, so perfect! I would never have picked this skirt up in the shop but seeing it on I'm starting to think differently...

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    xxx

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  55. You look so gorgeous, that skirt is amazing!

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

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  56. u rock everything sooo well!! those shoes are so amazing too bad my wallet doesn't think so :/

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  57. Wow. That skirt is fantastic, never would have picked it out myself but you make it work so I will have to investigate :)

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  58. Hi Laura, I saw sincerely Jules blog last week and she is wearing the same shoes!! I guess that is the IT shoe for now :)
    Your hair looks great!

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  59. I am drooling over the shoes! Fabulous.

    Liz
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  60. I always feel like I need to class it up, but when you're still a student I guess it's something that's easier to look over :) xx

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  61. Loving the shoes! I am also trying to update my closet .. I am trying new things instead of my blah solid cotton shirts .. it's quite the transition :-)

    Monica
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  62. I love this! I have a skirt like this and it's been at the back of my closet but now I know how I can easily make it look more flattering thanks for the inspiration and looooove the shoes! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  63. Love the skirt/shoe combination. Also I just started the same book!

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  64. Completely agree the blazer makes it do-able. I love skirts that flare out so much.. but I can't pull it off. You have managed it somehow!! gorgeous.

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  65. I love your skirt, and of course your Celine is perfection!! Xx

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  66. The shoes are great.You are lucky to have a voucher from farfech.
    Great outfit.
    Stefania
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  67. Hi Laura,
    couldn't agree with you more when you say that you should dress in clothes that define you! Love thes kirt and H&M has some great jewels, next time your in London visit Covent Garden (Long Arce) branch third floor. It's amazing xx

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  68. this outfit is amazing! it's so feminine and classy (your style resolution has been fulfilled in this outfit!). and the shoes! oh the shoes are gorgeous! i want a pair so badly now :( absolutely beautiful as always laura :) X

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  69. Can't even begin to describe how stunning this outfit is! Love your style Laura, definitely an inspiration to me! xx

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  70. I love the shoes so much! I want! They inspired me to write a blog post on a more affordable alternative from Zara. Check it out. Love your blog!

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  71. Oh my god those shoes!!! They look so amazing.

    dreamdustx

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  72. Love this look!! The shoes are absolutely stunning!! :) ♥
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  73. Everything about this outfit is amazing! I'm your newest follower : )

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  74. Wow that skirt is amazing, so pretty and feminine, love it!

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  75. I love everything about this outfit but my favorite piece has to be the skirt. That skirt is amazing. It's so feminine and pretty and looks awesome on you.
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  76. love that first picture! you can just feel the light, fun, flirt vibe of that skirt!
    the length is perfection too!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  77. that skirt is so elegant! love the entire outfit, so gorgeous. Beautifully done!

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  78. This skirt reminds me of something Carrie Bradshaw wore in one of the Sex and the City episodes. It's lovely.
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  79. Woow your outfit is really awesome and I love everything you wear! The skirt and your bag are my favorits! What a perfect combination!

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  80. That skirt is fab. I think it would take getting used to at first as it's so big but as you say does create drama and it would be perfect for work. I would wear it with a pastel knit jumper I have! Looks like I will be updating my Spring wardrobe at H&M!

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  81. The skirt and blazer combo is definitely a winner, but then you could make a paperbag look amazing! :)

    x

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  83. What a gorgeous skirt, I'll definitely be picking it up for my summer work wardrobe. Oh and how amazing are those shoes?! FIERCE! x

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  84. I am always lusting over your handbags and shoes! Always so wonderful. x

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  85. Hi Laura, would you mind telling me what size if your handbag? They seem to be sold out in stores and this nice rep at Saks is willing to order it for me but can't seem get sizes right.

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  86. This is gorgeous, I LOVE you're bag & I'm obsessed with Valentino!! x

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  87. Wow! These shoes! *drool

    Very minimal and modern :)



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  88. Love the 1950's style of the skirt! x

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  89. I really love this skirt!

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  90. I love your Celine bag. It's gorgeous. Great Outfit

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  91. ahh you look amazing with those valentinos! Must be a sign, I just posted about how I was craving them yesterday!

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  93. The Valentinos look great on you and so doe the skirt. Absolutely love. Special love to another fellow Realhousewives of BH lover :)
    X
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