Hi Frugalistas! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been quite sceptical about convertible travel clothing. I hate those pants with zip off bottoms that convert to shorts. Convertible dresses look like flimsy jersey that require either a detailed knowledge of origami or a PhD in Engineering to work out what to do with them. Then I was contacted by the people at Zippy Skirts. I looked at their website. I read about how they worked. They looked smart. They looked stylish. They looked like a convertible travel garment I might actually wear. So yes, I definitely wanted to try them!
About Zippy Skirts
Zippy skirts are a high quality, stretch pencil skirt with a zip that allows various different styled panels to literally be zipped on and off to change the look of the garment. They can also be worn as a top for even more variety. You buy your basic skirt, then buy your choice of panels to change your look. Easy.
My experience of ordering Zippy Skirts
Ordering my Zippy Skirt was easy on the website. I don’t know about you, but I always get a bit anxious buying clothes online – especially skirts. I’m narrow in the hips and thicker in the waist (a bit straight up and down) so getting any skirt to fit me is always a challenge. Fortunately there is plenty of sizing advice on the website. After consulting the sizing chart and other handy advice, I decide I’m probably a Medium, so go with that.
Next, it’s time to choose your panels. There are three panel types. A flat panel with different prints (with new patterns being added seasonally). Then a plain panel that’s soft and drapes elegantly (known as the Elegance Panel on the website) . I instantly see the black elegance panel is going to make a really smart and classic option. Then finally, there’s a travel bag option, perfect for security conscious women.
Wearing the Zippy Skirt
When my Zippy Skirt arrives it’s time to put it together. I find whether I’m wearing the skirt or have it lying on my bed, zipping the panels on and off is a breeze. The zip works just like a zip on a jacket. The skirt itself looks top quality. Nice thick polyester and elastane, it looks well made.
Putting it on, it fits like a dream – the sizing advice on the website has worked perfectly. Because it’s stretchy it’s forgiving of my figure type. My only slight quibble is that I would like it to be a tiny bit longer (but I’m advised a longer version will be available soon.)
I wore my Zippy Skirt to work every day for a week. I wore it with the Paris panel and a black sweater on the first day, and received so many compliments and questions about it. My colleagues were fascinated when I told then what it was and showed them how it worked. “What a great idea” seemed to be the universal view.
Travelling with Zippy Skirts
During my “Zippy Skirt trial” I needed to take a work trip down to Melbourne. It was just a quick overnight trip, so I threw my Zippy Skirt and the Paris Panel into the tote bag I was taking with me. It stayed in my tote bag for over 24 hours, as I rummaged around in the tote for my wallet, pen & paper, night attire and other odds and ends. Returning to Sydney I took the Zippy Skirt out. It was perfect, and ready for action.
How I would wear a Zippy Skirt on a trip
I’ve decided the best way to show you how I would actually wear my Zippy Skirt on a trip, is to show me wearing it, with my real clothes and shoes that I normally travel with. Versatile isn’t the word!
What I think of Zippy Skirts
I love my Zippy Skirt. I’ve continued to wear it after my “trial” of the product. It’s supremely comfortable – so comfortable in fact I would not hesitate to wear it on a long haul flight. The quality of both the fabrics and the making of the garment cannot be faulted. I washed my Zippy Skirt in the washing machine, and it came out perfect and ready for action. It doesn’t need an iron. It doesn’t even need to be neatly folded in your bag.
As I said earlier, I did find my Zippy Skirt just a smidge too short. I overcame that by wearing it a bit lower on my hips rather than at waist level.
The other thing is, Zippy Skirts are not cheap. At AUD159 (approximately USD117 as I write) for a skirt, or AUD189 for a skirt plus the elegance panels, Zippy Skirts are definitely in the investment dressing category. But think about it this way: choose your Zippy Skirt panels carefully and you have 6 (yes, count them, 6) garments to choose from. Three tops (one plain black, then one with each panel), plus three skirts.
For Frugalistas who want to pack light, a Zippy Skirt is definitely a valuable addition to your packing list. It’s a travel skirt that I thoroughly recommend, and I can’t wait to pack it on my next (longer) trip!
For a review of the Zippy Skirt by a younger blogger, you can read Meg Jerrard’s review on Mapping Megan.
Author’s note: I was provided with my Zippy Skirt by Zippy Skirts. I genuinely did wear, pack and wash my skirt. And I genuinely do love it. Keep reading frugal first class travel to see me wearing my Zippy Skirt on my travels and see it incorporated into my real life packing lists – because it will genuinely will be going! Unfortunately I understand Zippy Skirts is currently not operating.
Photo credits: Photos of the author, author’s own. Other photos provided by Zippy Skirts