EVERYONE NEEDS - A Waisted Maxi Skirt

 Illustrated Maxi Skirt

I'm sure other freelancers will agree with me that these last couple of years have been tough. I'm always switched on, thinking of the next thing, keeping in contact with clients, making sure social media is up to date, getting work, chasing payments and repeat and repeat. I love it and get a buzz from it all, but in April this year I realised I was on a treadmill and needed to get off of it for a while. So, I spontaneously booked a return flight to Bangkok on my trusty overdraft and decided I would go on an adventure. I need real inspiration and to see somewhere new. I'm so excited and despite the fact I'm not going for another 4 weeks I have already treated myself to new sketchbooks to take.

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So whilst everyone else is focused on new Autumnal clothing I'm looking at the clothes I didn't wear much this 'summer', and wondering what to pack for my upcoming month in Asia. And perfect timing as there are still lots of goodies in the sale.

 The insane smile is because the skirt has pockets....

The insane smile is because the skirt has pockets....

What is definitely coming along for the ride is this lightweight maxi skirt. I'll be doing lots of exploring in Vietnam and then I'll be relaxing at my favourite Thai beach and I think this will work for both. It's a bit long so I'm going to take it up a little and then it's ideal with some sandals and a cami. Please note the pockets......if only every brand added pockets to everything!

 This is the regular length & I am 5'4 so be prepared to take yours up if short like me..

This is the regular length & I am 5'4 so be prepared to take yours up if short like me..

Since I illustrated the three outfits above the skirt on the left from Next has totally sold out, but the one I'm wearing from Boden is in the sale here for only £21 and the navy beauty on the right is available in most sizes for £35 at And Other Stories.

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I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. This was one of the first illustrations I did for my blog, and as a result, in retrospect I think the size 20 is rather small. Please note I am aware and will sort this out for future illustrations.

Any thoughts on this post then please comment below.

All photos by Remco Merbis.

Many thanks

Niki