The Sophisticated Skirt I Wore On Repeat Last Summer Is Back (And Better Than Ever)

As a fashion editor, I may spend a lot of time searching through new-in sections and finding standout high-street pieces, but only a few items actually make their way into my wardrobe. Every item that does has to meet my high standards and be an exceptionally versatile addition worthy of taking up limited space. Last summer, I came across a black midi skirt with a smocked waist, and as I had only one or two skirts in my arsenal, it soon joined the roster. For the rest of the summer, it was my most worn piece, and whilst my version is now sold out, I came across an almost identical one at & Other Stories, and it's ready to join your outfit rotations right now.

Smocked waist midi skirt

(Image credit: & Other Stories)

Featuring a wide skirt, hidden pockets and an elegant smocked waistband, the skirt is almost identical to my own, so I can confidently speak to its versatility. Mine has been paired with a graphic tee and trainers for Sunday afternoon market strolls, a bikini top and flip-flops for beachside adventures; and even a smart top and strappy heels for evenings out. It only came in black when I bought it, but & Other Stories has upped the game with versatile cream, sunshine yellow, sky blue and a seriously good purple shade. We're already seeing this style of A-line skirt all over street style pictures and Instagram, and in my experience, it's a piece that will work hard year after year.

Keep scrolling to shop & Other Stories' smock-waist midi skirt, and explore more summer heroes from the brand below.

Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.