How does one go from frumpy boring A-line skirt to cute poofy skirt? It seems the simplicity of this design has escaped a lot of people as I have never seen a skirt like this in Europe and it took a 12 hour flight to Hong Kong and a trip to a cheapie shopping mall in Mong Kok to discover such a stupendously simple idea.
I bought this skirt for about HKD100 (about £7) and it's basically a circle skirt with pairs of ribbons attached to six radii of the skirt so that when you tie the two ribbons on each line together, it creates a layer of poofiness. Doh - so simple! I have drawn a doodle just to illustrate how the skirt works. I reckon you could do this to any circle skirt as long as it's got a lot of material for it to really poof out. I don't think it would work so well with a straight-forward A-line.
Honestly, I'm surprised Topshop hasn't cottoned onto the idea. It would be ideal for those who like to sit on the fence about the puff.