The Compass

(1 customer review)


Hand made waxed cotton skirt, ‘The Compass’, because which ever way you go you’ll stay dry.

This elegant and highly practical waxed cotton skirt has been designed for a range of outdoor activities.

Protecting you from the rain, this waterproof skirt will keep you warm and dry while looking gorgeous at the same time. What’s not to love?

The waxed cotton is hard wearing and durable. The more it’s used, the more beautiful the material becomes – soft and supple.

Every skirt is handmade to order, is of a high quality and made to last.

These items are made to order and therefore delivery time will vary please contact us prior to ordering if you have a special date so we can confirm if it is possible.

Choosing a bespoke option may incur additional costs depending on your fabric choices and production time may take longer. You will receive an email to discuss options once ordered.

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Warm and dry out walking

Clean and dry

Protect your legs from branch’s and brambles

Help prevent chilblains


  • 100% Wool lined pockets
  • High supporting waistband
  • Waterproof
  • 100% genuine leather buckle mounts to fasten and adjust size
  • Wrap around design
  • Fits easily over  jeans or leggings.
  • Anti static lining
  • Waxed cotton -100% cotton
  • Magnet to help keep secure in windy weather

Nouvelle Habit sells to all UK locations, for all orders outside of the UK please contact our team.

All of our skirts are designed to fit as an elegant and protective overskirt; the buckles at the front allow for size adjustment.

The skirt waist sits on the waistline, just on or below the belly button. The weight of the skirt allows it to sit comfortably on the hips and over the natural curve of the body.

Each skirt ranges between two sizes (see chart) when the skirt is done up at its tightest it is at its lowest size.


Size  UK Length
XXS (24″ lowest)  6 – 8 80cm
XS (26″ lowest) 8 – 10 80cm
S (28″ lowest) 10 – 12 80cm
M (30″ lowest) 12 -14 80cm
L (32″ lowest) 14 -16 80cm
XL (34″ lowest) 16 – 18 80cm

Hand Made

Each Nouvelle Habit skirt is handmade to order. We aim to have your skirts sewn up 3-4 weeks from the date of order, this can change during busy periods. 

If you need your skirt made by a certain date, please contact us directly before ordering to ensure we can achieve this.


If you have selected a bespoke option you will receive an email from our team to discuss your individual requirements.

Please note that bespoke elements may incur additional costs and or require longer sewing slots depending on production costs and lead times for bespoke elements.

If you would like to talk over ideas before purchasing a bespoke skirt please email [email protected]

Odette is always happy to discuss ideas, interests, best options and provide an estimate of additional costs.

Tips from our designer

When thinking about bespoke fabrics I recommend looking at cottons, poly cottons, cotton twills, tweeds and boiled wools. If you have a different fabric in mind just let Nouvelle Habit know and we will check to see if it is a viable alternative.

Stripes and checks are more challenging than they might sound; due to the shapes of the pattern pieces in the skirt (all have a slight curve to them) straight lines will not match up at the seams.

If you want a patterned fabric in your skirt think about the size of the pattern and the repeat – this means how often the design is repeated in the width of the fabric.

Please note: If you are buying your own bespoke fabric (once you have confirmed with us it is a viable option) you will need between 2 -3m to line your skirt (depending on size ordered) ideally the width of the fabric would be 140m wide but we can work with any width.


Additional information


Chocolate, Navy, Racing Green, Wine


Rose Gold, Gunmetal, Antique Brass, Antique Silver


Medium (12-14), Extra Large (UK 16-18), Large (UK 14-16), Small (UK 10-12), Extra Small (UK 8-10), XX Small (UK 6-8)

Waxed cotton

Black, Chestnut Red, French mustard, Khaki Green, Navy, Vintage brown

Yoke (waist band) Lining

Bespoke, Blue Roses, Red Roses

1 review for The Compass

  1. Ruth Williams

    The packaging and care Odette gives to the presentation is truly beautiful. Gift wrapping at its best.

    When I first had my walking skirt, I didn’t fully understand the benefits I would feel from it, I was nervous to be too hard on it. My use soon changed, I hang it on a hook on the back of my kitchen door so I can easily wear it when going out with my dogs, and the fact that it’s such a versatile, tough item so much easier to wear and more comfortable than waterproof trousers. Water and windproof too. The deep pockets are so useful. I love it!!

    When walking the coast path I can undo it and provide us with a waterproof blanket to sit on until we’re ready to walk further. It keeps me warm and dry when walking my dogs. I can’t imagine being without it.

    I had lost quite a few inches around my middle and Odette very kindly altered the skirt for me so that it fits perfectly again.

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