Is it ever OK to wear skirts and trousers together?
Fashion loves repeating itself and reinventing styles to confuse us.
Looking at the autumn winter 2012-2013 catwalks you're likely to have noticed a pretty unusual trend, that of skirts and trousers being worn at the same time.
I remember seeing this when I was a teenager, when some of the girls at school decided it would be super cool to try black mini-skirts over their school trousers.
And it was these kids who probably helped encourage a rush of shops and uniform providers for one season only to stock their shelves with these unusual items.
But moving on from this dubious mid-90s trend, this look has been updated and matured, so much so that I'm almost tempted to give it a go!
Marc Jacobs, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel have all got on board with it, with A-line skirts in thick wintery material paired with matching trousers and even coats.
The skirts have gotten far longer this time round and it's definitely more of a grown up look, as well as a couture style, thanks to the pricey designers who have adopted it.
Emma Watson recently rocked this style on the red carpet and while it earned confused looks from many, it was on the right lines at least.
It seems that it might not be a passing fad either, as many designers have rolled the concept forwards into their pre-spring-summer 2013 collections, meaning it might be time to try it out.
The easiest way to give it a go is to wear a tunic over narrow straight leg trousers.
At the moment, the trend seems to be for exact matching materials and shades, and I think this is the safest, and also chicest, way to try the skirt and trouser combo.
Have you given this look a go? What was the reaction?
Posted by Elsa Pienaar