When I started dreaming up this post about three weeks ago, I wouldn’t have called long skirts a trend. But with their write ups in DailyCandy, the New York Times, and a post by one of our favorite blogging duos, they’re definitely cropping up for fall (irony intended). Although they were more sparse than camel colored pieces, we saw them on the fall 2010 runways for Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana, which certainly increases their relevance in the style world. Unlike many runway fads, this one actually translates to something we can wear to the office (say it isn’t so)! There is one major drawback: long skirts, when worn incorrectly, can look horribly frumpy. Fear not! Here a few home grown tips on how to wear a long skirt for fall:
- Look for a skirt with waist definition. Unless you are thin as a rail, you do NOT want a skirt that falls straight down.
- Make sure your top is fitted around the waist. Feel free to play with volume in the collar or sleeves, but you want to keep your waist defined so your bottom half doesn’t appear shortened. You also don’t want bunching when you tuck your shirt in.
- If you’re wearing a cardigan over the skirt, belt it for a sharper look.
- Avoid wearing tights that are the same color as your skirt. You want the little leg you are showing to elongate your figure as much as possible!
- For the sexy secretary vibe, choose a skirt that is cinched at the waist, fits your hips like a glove and narrows all the way down.
If you love these skirts, here’s where to pick them up (from the left):
1. Alexander McQueen; Net-A-Porter, $795
2. Zara (camel); Evasé Long Skirt, $80
3. ModCloth; Dial M for Marvelous Skirt, $85
4. Zara (black); Midi Skirt, $60
5. Forever21; Classic A-Line Skirt, $20
What’s your favorite fall trend?
Written by Lindsay