Pump Up the Volume

February 19, 2006 • Magazine

Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the Volume

Sun, 2006-02-19 20:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Full skirts are one of the simplest ways to play with volume and experiment with different silhouettes this spring, and the style is surprisingly easy to wear. To avoid looking like you are wearing a dirndl or a poodle skirt, get a skirt that sits a bit below the waist, and pair it with fitted, modern pieces and sleek accessories — you’ll look 2006, not 1956.

Arts and Crafts:
Breezy and easy to wear, these skirts have a handcrafted feel to them perfect for casual looks. Rick-rack, embroidery, and other interesting trimmings make these full skirts stand out — try wearing them with a fitted, shrunken jacket (make sure the fabric is casual, like denim) and espadrilles for easy transition into spring. This one by Diab’less, available at Bluefly, is a great option, or check out Marc Jacobs and Anthropologie for many more.

Chiffon and silk circle skirts are about as graceful as it gets. A romantic choice for an evening out, pair them with simple top and strappy sandals for evening, and ballet flats and fitted blazers or cardigans by day and you can toughen up these breezy skirts with a leather jacket as well. Just make sure that the material is not too sheer! A pale blue circle version Tufi Duek (at Bluefly) could go from day to evening easily — just change the accessories. For more choices, check out Bluefly or Yoox for these skirts in every color of the rainbow.

This shape definitely lends itself to a variety of prints, so why not have some fun with your fashion? Go for a bold geometric, a pretty floral, or something complex and intricate — and remember that a neutral based print will pair well with many different colors. Try one like this Jean Paul Gaultier knee-length style (from YOOX) — it may just be your new “wear-with-everything� piece, or pick up a few at H&M to mix and match.

Get those images of tutus — or the opening sequence from Sex and the City — out of your head — tulle can definitely look modern and edgy when it’s peeking out from under the hem of a classic skirt. Keep the rest of the look simple with these style; a sleek knit top with a wide belt would work well. Get the look for less from Target with this Isaac Mizrahi skirt, or try Banana Republic for more options.

Yes, the bubble (or puffball) is back, and it’s little more wearable this time. In order to pull it off, try a skirt that hits around the knee, with most of the volume near the bottom, like this Alexander McQueen one (from Net-A-Porter), and wear something fitted on top. If you don’t want to spend a lot on this trend, H&M offers a few more options on the lower end of the price scale.

Full, voluminous skirts are actually pretty wearable and very comfortable. Just remember to keep the top half of the outfit sleek and slim. Try a wide belt at the waist and either wedges or stacked heels as well — these skirts need something to ground them. The key to wearing these skirts is finding the ones that work best on you, so give the look a try and pump up the volume.

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