YOUR STYLE SUGGESTIONS FOR A POST-NATAL NIGHT OUT?
I had my second baby only a couple of weeks ago, and have a few nights out in December that I am really looking forward to after my pregnancy. I won't be anywhere near my usual size 8/10 by then, so I need some things to get me through that are as slimming and flattering as possible. I am 5ft 7in and would say I'm about a size 12/14 at the moment. The tummy and hip area are my problem zones.
Deirdre (34) Dublin
A little black skirt is what you need to see you through the next couple of months. For 2014 the little black skirt, or LBS, is the new LBD (little black dress).
The once-humble black garment is no longer a mundane wardrobe essential but an exciting addition with an abundance of sartorial possibilities. Skirts worn with different combinations of shirts, sweaters, cardigans and tees create a silhouette that's contemporary and cool.
But perhaps most importantly, key separates like these will make it easier for you to better manage your varying proportions to bring out the best of your figure.
A black pencil skirt is a definite must-try. This style sits higher on the waist than traditional skirts, so a well-fitted one will add structure where you need it most.
Texture is a top trend for AW13/14, so make it leather and you're on to a real winner. For instance, try the leather pencil skirt in the Savida Gold limited collection (1 €85, Dunnes Stores).
Marks & Spencer has some beautiful separates this season, and the Per Una Speziale skirt with zips blends the classic silhouette with modern detailing (2 €199, Marks & Spencer).
While a little more expensive, Jaeger's leather tie detail skirt (3 €365) is stunning and definitely worth a try if you've got the budget. The wrap-waist design allows you to adjust the fit as necessary.
Heatons' pencil skirt with PU panels is an affordable option at €18 (4).
Alternatively, if you'd prefer a pop of colour, River Island's blue and black block skirt (5 €34) is another option.
Once you've decided on the skirt, play with proportions and contrast by styling with a more loosely fitted blouse or sweater.