Skirt: Kates Clothing
This outfit was planned around this lovely bow-fronted skirt that was sent to me by the lovely folk over at Kates Clothing for an honest review. The skirt is manufactured by Chic Star and I've owned other Chic Star pieces in the past but this was my first experience with this particular website. Kates Clothing are a UK-based alternative clothing website that host a whole bunch of brands offering most styles of gothic clothing and other alternative looks in different styles. International shipping to here in the US was super quick, which I really appreciated.
The skirt is a fairly simple black pencil skirt with notched top and a decorative flat bow. It rises up under the bust and falls down below the knee (on me, anyway, at 5'7".) There's no boning or structure in the top of the skirt but I was surprised at how well it stood up without unfortunate folding or creasing. The fabric is on the thin side, not enough that it's sheer but if you're wearing bulkier underwear you might end up with a visible panty line, so Spanx or skimpy underwear might be advisable.
The skirt is closed at the side with a zipper. In the past I've had issues with Chicstar zippers breaking easily but this one seems sturdier and has stood up to a fair bit of wiggling. The skirt runs from a UK8 (XS) to a UK30 (8XL) so there's a size for everyone, which is always really nice and something most goth clothing brands don't cater to.
Style-wise I think this skirt is really versatile. There's nothing about it that screams GOTHIC but that's perfect if you're wanting something that can be worn as part of a corporate Goth outfit or around less-accepting family members. It also lends itself to a retro/vintage pin-up look quite well, so there's a lot you can do with this skirt.
I don't have any real complaints about this skirt, it's a very versatile piece that I'll certainly be wearing a lot and if you're into this kind of feminine pin-up or corp-goth style I'd definitely consider it. The one thing I will say is that it is fairly long and if you're shorter than 5'6" or so you'll probably find yourself with the skirt hitting your mid-calf, which isn't really the intended look. So, this one might be for my taller folk.