Outfit: red polish

Do you have a list of clothes you are always on the look out for to gap-fill your wardrobe – where you feel like key items in your clothing inventory are missing? For the longest time, a red pencil skirt has been one of mine and now the hunt is finally over. Turns out red pencils are hard – there’s a fine line between ‘classy wiggle’ and ‘lady of the night’ when it comes to a tight, bright scarlet skirt.
I’m glad I finally found one that works for me because red is such a perpetual favourite of mine. I must wear it in every other post on here, so that’s not exactly going to come as a surprise. It just seems to instantly brighten so many outfits and it goes with a surprising array of other colours – just look at it here, with browns. I feel like that shouldn’t work but it definitely does. Even if I’m not wearing a red accessory or item of clothing, chances are I’ve got on that perpetual classic, red nail polish. So really, there wasn’t a better companion for this outfit than this cute Erstwilder brooch from their second ‘beauty school’ range.
So here we are, an outfit based around a red skirt and leopard print that went from my imagination into reality – and I think the brooch and bows really help to veer away from the call-girl look… I think! I also really love that this skirt is a wrap design – it gives it something a bit extra. If anyone is thinking of buying it, I found the size guide very accurate and the fabric has a fair amount of stretch. It is also a genuine wrap, so I keep thinking how good it would be for a beach day… Not that there’s many of those round these parts!
Red wiggle pencil skirt, leopard print top and Laquer de Rouge Ertswilder brooch


Red wiggle pencil skirt, leopard print top and Lacquer de Rouge Ertswilder brooch


Erstwilder Laquer de Rouge brooch


Erstwilder Laquer de Rouge brooch


Red wiggle pencil skirt, leopard print top and Lcquer de Rouge Ertswilder brooch


Leopard print with red outfit


Lindy Bop red bow belt



Messy side up-do


Monsoon cream bow kitten heels
Red wiggle pencil skirt, leopard print top and Laquer de Rouge Ertswilder brooch
Top: Oasis (old)
Brooch: c/o Erstwilder ‘Laquer de Rouge’
Belt: Lindy Bop
Skirt: Glamour Bunnyย (on sale)
Bag: Top Vintage sometimes sells it
Shoes: Monsoon (old)


  1. Porcelina
    March 24, 2016 / 8:28 am

    I think the key here with this kind of skirt is the length – below the knee looks classy! I have been looking at pencil skirts for a while as want a coloured one but only Voh and House of Foxy come near to being long enough for me.

    It really is a stunning outfit, you know I love red too. I bought that belt actually but it was out of stock so I didn't get it.

    Can I just mention how excited I am about your trip to Wales?!!!


    • March 24, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      That's true, the length is definitely what does it. I have problems with pencil skirts being foolishly long, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ the belt's back in stock now I think, so maybe you'll get more lucky next time.

      I am MEGA excited too!! I will reply to your email soon ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  2. Amber
    March 24, 2016 / 9:10 am

    The is gorgeous! I really love the belt and fascinator with it, too – so cute! I'm also on the lookout for a red pencil skirt; I have one from ASOS that's too big in the waist, and one from Collectif that basically creases the second I look at it – the perfect red pencil is hard to find!

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      I have to say, this one does crease. It's not the worst creaser I've ever had, but it's probably worth avoiding if that's what you want!

  3. Mim
    March 24, 2016 / 9:38 am

    That's an outfit with lots of va-va-voom. Porcelina's right, the length keeps it classy. I've been looking for a black pencil skirt and will probably go with House of Foxy. I like the way you've repeated the bow motif in your hair and at your waist.

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Black pencil skirts I rarely wear, oddly enough. I always feel like when I wear black on my lower half I look like a waitress!

  4. Kayla
    March 24, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Wow, what an outfit! I'm glad that you found the perfect red pencil skirt. Red and leopard print is such a winner and the new Erstwilder brooch fits in perfectly with this look! That fascinator looks so gorgeous too x

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      It's not perfect, but it's about x100 better than any others I've ever tried!! This fascinator is my bargain accessory of the year so far ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. Camilla P
    March 24, 2016 / 10:26 am

    That red pencil skirt looks amazing on you…I love red so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ That Erstwilder brooch is so cute too. xo

  6. SaraLily
    March 24, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    SUPER CHIC! I agree, it's a bit of a challenge with red pencil skirts but you nailed it – I love this. I also love leopard prints with red! I debated doing a similar outfit with a leopard cardi I recently got but was worried about it looking very "lady of the night" haha! Maybe I'll try it on when I am home to see how it looks first! =)

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      I think it's partly in the accessories – cute accessories help big time!

  7. March 24, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    This length of skirt looks absolutely perfect for you, and the shade of red is fantastic. It goes so well with leopard too – a really beautiful combo! Kx

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Bright, lipstick red is always my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. Amanda
    March 24, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Loving this outfit! I am always (almost too much) a sucker for leopard print and red. I love the idea of a wrap skirt, it looks great on you, and the added bows are the perfect touch!

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Nah, you can't love leopard combos too much, surely! I think the bows just felt like they were toning down the outfit a bit!!

  9. March 24, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    You have managed the balance of this look splendidly. Super elegant silhouette and the red is sublime. Totally rocking the look lovely girl!

  10. March 24, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Va va Voom baby! Love it. And love that belt.

    Leopard and red are so hot together.


  11. Aurรจ
    March 25, 2016 / 6:04 am

    great…what a charisma!

  12. March 25, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Seriously fabulous outfit! A great red pencil (or a-line) skirt is a thing of immense beauty and wardrobe versatility. I've had a vintage one for a few years now and find that, no word of a lie, it gets as much – if not more sometimes – wardrobe play as my black, grey and navy blue skirts do. This one is head-turningly lovely and really, really looks awesome on you. I hope you two enjoy many stylish years together!

    Big hugs,
    โ™ฅ Jessica

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:49 am

      I have already worn this red skirt more than I have my black one in my weekend life. My black one feels too much like a work skirt! xx

  13. HuggyHare
    March 25, 2016 / 11:53 am

    You saying "lady of the night" reminds me how my bf reacted when I bought a bright red pencil skirt (Regina Pencil dress from Collectif). He said I looked like a call-girl when I first tried it on, BUT later when I wore it out, he was so proud of me looking sexy but classy in it ๐Ÿ˜€ So I think that even though it could give that impression at first, it'll fade away eventually.

    That skirt is very classy and pretty. I'm still searching for my red pencil skirt, but haven't run across it yet. I'm thinking about buying one from Collectif, since they actually have one that does NOT have a slit at the back. I hate slits. They always rise up to my butt and make any kind of pencil skirt/dress look indecent even if the hem reached my knees or below. I really don't know why they make slits so high :/

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:50 am

      Aw, that's a nice story! I think red done right totally is classy, but it can be a fine line… Very true about slits in skirts – I know it makes it easier to walk in them but it can make things very work inappropriate very quickly!

  14. March 26, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Such a fabulous, sultry look! Your figure looks sensational in this outfit, definitely a case of if you've got it – flaunt it! I am certain all eyes were on you when you were walking down the street in this – va-va-voom ๐Ÿ˜€

    Deco Darling

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Aw, thanks Harlow ๐Ÿ™‚ They might have been if I hadn't had a coat covering it all up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Siren dep
    March 27, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I had a red pencil skirt but unfortunately it shrunk in the washing machine… I gave it to a seamstress to alter it but it didn't work out. I think of buying a new one. Personally, I kinda like the sexy rockabilly look. Though, the way you styled it looks very classy and it suits you. ps,you always wear the cutest heels!

    • March 28, 2016 / 8:52 am

      These shoes were bargain finds in TK Maxx. If I'm honest they're a bit small for me, but I can handle it for a light day's walking!!

    • March 28, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      (… and I definitely need to get myself a red pencil skirt!)

  16. March 28, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Adorable! I love how you paired this outfit with the red bows! I totally agree with you that they turn this outfit into instant cuteness territory vs "call-girl" look. The nude shoes were also a great touch!

  17. March 31, 2016 / 7:13 am

    The demure round-toe heel in nude, and the bow are a really nice lady-like touch with the red and leopard. It's not a colour palette I would think of, but you pull it off beautifully! โค

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  18. Kate-Em
    March 31, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I really like this outfit, it is both glamorous and classy and it really suits you. I always love seeing red on other people but I find it a bit scary on myself and don't own a single solid red item!

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