The $18 Kmart skirt women can’t get enough of

Australian women are going crazy over a simple but stylish polka dot skirt from Kmart – and it’s retailing for only $18.

Affordable style blogger Tina Abeysekara, from Sydney, shared a photo wearing the flattering satin midi skirt with her 98,000 Instagram followers, attracting attention to the budget piece.

‘New style game alert! One hero piece, five ways to wear it,’ Tina wrote in the caption of the post.

Affordable style blogger Tina Abeysekara (pictured above) shared a photo wearing the flattering satin midi skirt with her 98,000 Instagram followers

Affordable style blogger Tina Abeysekara (pictured above) shared a photo wearing the flattering satin midi skirt with her 98,000 Instagram followers

Affordable style blogger Tina Abeysekara (pictured above) shared a photo wearing the flattering satin midi skirt with her 98,000 Instagram followers

Tina paired the ‘choc spot’ skirt with a matching one shoulder top from Cotton On and a simple Rubi Shoes block heel, creating a fun evening outfit.

‘I had to size up to 12, the fabric doesn’t have much stretch,’ she said.

Along with the photo of herself, Tina included numerous images of other women wearing the versatile skirt.

Each woman styled the must-have item slightly different, though many paired it with a white t-shirt and sneakers.

Along with the photo of herself, Tina also included numerous images of other women wearing the versatile skirt

Along with the photo of herself, Tina also included numerous images of other women wearing the versatile skirt

Along with the photo of herself, Tina also included numerous images of other women wearing the versatile skirt

Each woman styled the must-have item slightly different, though many paired it with a white t-shirt and sneakers

Each woman styled the must-have item slightly different, though many paired it with a white t-shirt and sneakers

Each woman styled the must-have item slightly different, though many paired it with a white t-shirt and sneakers 

Other Instagram users were quick to praise the different looks, with many saying they can’t wait to purchase the product themselves.  

‘This skirt reminds me so much of the dress Vivian wears to the polo in Pretty Woman,’ one said. 

‘What a great idea! Love the different styling ideas. Can’t wait to see more,’ another commented. 

A third added: ‘Love this concept! So many fabulous ladies in one post’.

Meanwhile, there are similar alternative styles available from Nasty Gal for $25 or a pricier option by Talulah for $229.  

Meanwhile, there are similar alternative styles available from Nasty Gal for $25 (left) or a pricier option by Talulah for $229 (right)

Last year Tina promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot dress also from Kmart and priced at $25. 

‘I can see this $25 Kmart frock flying off the rack,’ Tina wrote, adding that she is wearing a size 10 and the dress comes in a generous fit.

‘Feels fab, stretch waist and breastfeeding friendly – what’s not to love? Teamed with $8 sneakers. I’ll be restyling for work so keep an eye out,’ she wrote.  

Both posts promoting the skirt and dress were quickly flooded with other people’s comments about how much they loved each outfit. but also how difficult it has been to find. 

Last year Tina also promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot Kmart dress priced at $25 (pictured above)

Last year Tina also promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot Kmart dress priced at $25 (pictured above)

Last year Tina also promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot Kmart dress priced at $25 (pictured above)  

'I can see this $25 Kmart frock flying off the rack,' Tina wrote, adding that she is wearing a size 10 and the dress comes in a generous fit (pictured in store)

'I can see this $25 Kmart frock flying off the rack,' Tina wrote, adding that she is wearing a size 10 and the dress comes in a generous fit (pictured in store)

‘I can see this $25 Kmart frock flying off the rack,’ Tina wrote, adding that she is wearing a size 10 and the dress comes in a generous fit (pictured in store)

‘I ADORE this frock but it is sold out online and I am yet to find it in store,’ one said.

Another added: ‘I got one at Chadstone [Melbourne] today. I love it!! Generous fit! Maybe 20 on the rack there.’

One posted: ‘Kmart are stepping it up in the fashion stakes. Love this colour.’

The burnt orange polka dot dress is currently sold out online, but it is available in some stores around the country. 

'Feels fab, stretch waist and breastfeeding friendly - what's not to love? Teamed with $8 sneakers. I'll be restyling for work,' the fashion blogger wrote of the dress (pictured)

'Feels fab, stretch waist and breastfeeding friendly - what's not to love? Teamed with $8 sneakers. I'll be restyling for work,' the fashion blogger wrote of the dress (pictured)

‘Feels fab, stretch waist and breastfeeding friendly – what’s not to love? Teamed with $8 sneakers. I’ll be restyling for work,’ the fashion blogger wrote of the dress (pictured)

How can you find a good bargain in a cheap store?

* Sign up to the store’s newsletters, so you know when they’re going to have their sales and events.

* Invest in classic colour palettes which will always look more expensive.

* Be prepared that something might look better in the flesh than it did online.

* Pay attention to shop layouts. Often, when stores change the floor plan, it can indicate a sale is coming.

* Remember in places like Kmart and Target that the good stuff is going to be at the front. 50 – 60 per cent of their stock they keep all year around.

* Know your body shape, the size you are in each store and what sorts of styles suit you. This will save you time and money. 

Tina makes a point of styling up affordable items from the likes of Kmart and Target to make them look expensive. 

Speaking previously to FEMAIL, she revealed that the most important things for snapping up a bargain is knowing what size you are in different shops and holding out for the sales. 

‘When it comes to Kmart and Target, they have 50 to 60 per cent of their stock all year round – and you’ll never find much good,’ she said.

‘But it’s all about heading straight to the front section, where they’ll put the newer, more fashion-focused items which are replaced roughly once every three weeks.’

Tina also recommends checking out a few different stores from the same shop:

‘I think it pays to go to different places if you have the time,’ she said.