Full Skirt Frenzy

I have a confession to make. For the last few months I’ve developed an obsession over full, midi skirts. I’ve always had a soft spot for the full-skirted ‘40s silhouette and thanks to the style having swept down Fall 2013 runways, popular retailers, including H&M and Topshop, are now offering the style in stores. This is a blessing for me as I’ve always had a tough time tracking down full skirts, except for on ModCloth which has offered the style for eons.

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

I’ve tracked down a few of my favourites that are in stores or available online now, along with some sweet sweaters that will pair perfectly with a midi skirt.

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

– Jodi Goulart

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It’s A Mad Men World

With the premiere of the third season of Mad Men this week on AMC, it’s easy to get worked-up again over the escapades of the dashing Don Draper. And it’s not only the plot lines that command attention but the costumes that have a fervent fanbase of their own due to the meticulous work of costume designer Janie Bryant. Right now you can get your hands on Mad Men-inspired collections from both Banana Republic and Mod Cloth.com that evoke the show’s sigh-worthy retro fashions.

So whether your personal style mimics Peggy Olson’s smart skirt suits for the big leagues, Joan Holloway’s tight-in-all-the-right places colourful dresses or Betty Draper’s perfectly prim gowns and pearls there are many ways for you to dress the part.

Printed Tie Blouse $85, Hourglass Pencil Skirt $95, C-Buckle Belt $62, Flatiron Zip Wallet $95, Tassel Bracelet $50Above: Banana Republic Printed Tie Blouse $85, Hourglass Pencil Skirt $95, C-Buckle Belt $62, Flatiron Zip Wallet $95, Tassel Bracelet $50

Banana Republic Jacquard Sheath Dress $175, Elayne Sunglasses $98, Gradient Scarf $62, C-Buckle Belt $62, Pleated Clutch $95, Above: Banana Republic Jacquard Sheath Dress $175, Elayne Sunglasses $98, Gradient Scarf $62, C-Buckle Belt $62, Pleated Clutch $95

The Kenley Dress, $199.99 at Mod Cloth.com

Above: The Kenley Dress, $199.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

Hold My Calls Dress, $84.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

Above: Hold My Calls Dress, $84.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

— Jodi Goulart