One of the biggest trends heading into this fall is the midi skirt. (Get it? Not maxi, not mini, but mid-length–took me a while to figure that one out.) These calf-length skirts feel delightfully retro–especially the swingy, pleated versions–and it’s always a bonus when a trend is work-appropriate. The problem? They can be tough to wear, especially for those of us who are vertically challenged. I’m 5’3 with short legs and on the rare occasion I find a midi skirt that actually hits at mid-calf (rather than dragging on the floor), it’s not particularly flattering. “Stumpy” is really the best way to put it. So what about you? Are you embracing the midi skirt or leaving it on the rack? [Shown: Pleated Midi Skirt, $190, ASOS]
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Everybody — from Hailee Steinfeld to Keira Knightley to Sienna Miller — is doing it: the feminine accordian pleat. These pretty little pleats are much more flattering than the big boxy ones that we are so used to seeing, and they come in ethereal and flowy fabrics such as chiffon and silk. Check out some of these star styles — from mini- to maxi — and consider trying the pleat yourself. [New York Girl Style] Keep reading »
Every few weeks, without fail, trend makers come out with a new style forecast, predicting what everyone will be wearing in the coming months. RIght now, The New York Times style section is calling for longer hems, citing dresses and skirts that skim ankles or end at the calf. But when you’re short, those longer lines don’t always work well. At five feet tall, I find that the perfect length for me is mid-knee–short enough that I look proportioned, but not so short that I feel like I’m dressing too young for my age (32). But everyone’s different, and what’s mini for you, might be maxi for someone else. So tell us: what’s your ideal skirt length? And what’s your favorite go-to skirt? Keep reading »
Cue the eyeroll. A British celeb style website called MyCelebrityFashion polled men on their girlfriends’ clothes and asked, “What trends make women look promiscuous?” Because you can tell a slut by what she’s wearing, duh.
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Last week, we showed you some awesome abstract print skirts and this week we’re showing you how to rock one. Rachel McAdams proves that it’s best to keep the rest of the outfit simple and let the skirt stand out. But her satchel is also worthy of a mention. The unusual ice blue/gray color and texture make an otherwise classic-shaped bag extraordinary. And check out that roomy size that’s just right for stashing all the souvenirs and trinkets one might pick up while enjoying a street festival. Come to think of it, Rachel’s espadrilles are the right height for avoiding any street muck, while the wedge heel makes walking comfortable. Find out how you can copy her look, after the jump. Keep reading »
We’ve had a thing for this Anthropologie skirt (left) for a while now. The bright colors are alluring, the shape is flattering, and we just want it, dammit. A rather unattractive price tag, however, has held us back. That, after all, is not the sort of skirt you can wear all the time without being called out on it. So, imagine our pleasure when we came across this similar style at Fred Flare (right). The two colorful skirts share their whimsy, but the black waistband, somewhat more streamlined shape, and much prettier price tag make the Fred Flare version a whole lot easier to pull off. [$49, Fred Flare] Keep reading »
We have a problem. Lately, I have purchased several skirts and dresses from your store. I love them. They are all adorable, fit perfectly, and have quickly become go-to items. However, they are all made of fabrics without much give and none of them have a detail that I think of as standard in such garments: a slit in the back. Normally, a lack of slit is not an issue. But in certain instances—for example, when presented with a flight of stairs—the lack of leg mobility becomes vexing. Yesterday, on the way to see a band, I encountered a hill of a medium incline. Comedy ensued as I had to take baby steps the entire way up it. And forget dancing. So I beg you, Topshop, please start stitching slits into your skirts and dresses. Slits keep us ladyfolk from doing the I-can’t-quite-move-in-my-skirt shuffle.
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Unless they’re splashy formal wear, skirts tend to be pretty basic—sort of like how an LBD or a pair of jeans functions in your wardrobe. That’s why we’re loving the creativity in Mara Hoffman’s knit mini skirt, which brings a punch to an everyday look with its black, white, and purple print. Added bonus: it’s made from merino wool and baby alpaca, so the skirt will keep your derrière extra warm this winter. [$140, Bona Drag] Keep reading »
Rape sucks. So does getting mugged. But by disguising yourself as a life-sized Coca-Cola machine whenever you’re out late at night and feel threatened, you can hide from the bad guys! Seriously? Seriously. According to Bust magazine, Japanese designer Aya Tsukioka has invented an ankle-length skirt constructed from fabric that can be pulled upside down and assembled into a somewhat realistic-looking Coke machine (albeit one with feet poking out from the bottom). What inspired Tsukioka to make her safety skirt? She says a trick used by ninja assassins who would cloak themselves in black blankets in the dark.
Hopefully, while studying the ways of ninja assassins, Tsukioka picked up some self-defense moves that could actually save her because methinks this “Project-Runway”-challenge-gone-wrong won’t work. Here’s hoping she’s using the skirt as street theater to make a statement about the lengths women will go to in order to protect themselves. [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »