I am a big fan of this Everlane skirt, and it has become a true office staple for me. It’s one of those items that just ticks all the boxes – great standard colour that goes with everything, simple cut, complimentary length, high waistline but with an invisible zip and elasticated waist for a bit of give. I know that whatever I wear on top will be paired well with this skirt – slim shirts, tees, oversized jumpers, with cardigans or jackets – because it’s so unassuming and basic.
An extra bonus is that it’s just that little bit longer on me that I can wear it over dresses, which means I get even more outfit options (on the website, the skirt hits at just above knee height of the model, but I’m a short-arse and it hangs down just past mine, which is my personal perfect length. It’s on this side of matronly but I can rock that). Other little details that I love include the back panelling and the darts that nip in the waist.
I reached out to Everlane to get the low down on the fabric, thinking that it was felted wool, but it’s actually double faced. Essentially this means that after shearing and spinning, two warp and weft yarns (instead of one warp and weft, as illustrated below) are used to weave the material, making the resulting fabric warmer, stronger and softer than standard wool.
By comparison, felting “involves using heat to produce a controlled shrinkage of the fabrics. The wool is woven with one warp and one weft yard, then boiled to make the fibres and yarns shrink up on themselves. This produces a more tightly woven knit, and leaves a softer and puffier look to the wool“.
Double facing also means both sides of the skirt are ‘right’ sides (i.e. reversible, like many scarves or wool blankets). In this situation though, reversing the skirt will mean you expose the hidden zip and elasticised top but hey, exposed sartorial hardware might be the new revolutionary trend (you never know, because plastic knee mum jeans are apparently a thing now).
This post is part of my Work Wear for the Cooler Months style series. There are no affiliate links in this post.