Vintage: Full Length Skirts – Cover Up And Keep Cool

June 9, 2014 • Magazine, Vintage

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It’s getting to be that time of year when you want to be easy and breezy, so comfort is key! But don’t forget that there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Let’s rejoice the comeback of the full length skirt! This skirt keeps you cool and is the next most comfortable thing to a pair of PJs. Even though it offers lots of coverage on the bottom (something some of us gals may want), the flowing and lightweight fabrics serve as a great alternative to minis and shorts in the summer and they never falter in creating an ultra feminine and pulled together look.

It’s safe to say, if you’re up-to-date on fashion history, full skirts were pretty much standard issue for women since some of the first recordings of fashion itself. The fullness of the skirts went from one extreme to the other throughout the centuries, but the length during most of that time remained the same. Skirting started its drastic transformation in the 1920s when the hemlines went up and the rebellious flappers finally let their gams be seen. Knee-length and midi-length pencil skirts where fairly prominent after the roaring twenties with full length and midi circle skirts still being worn by many. Around the 1960s was when the full length maxi skirt (it was much less structured and fit a little closer to the body) started to be worn and pretty much maintained its place in fashion in recent decades, fading away a bit in the early 2000s but not disappearing completely. Cut to present day, and this silhouette is back in full force giving us fashion enthusiasts one more style to get excited about.

Many of the full skirts available today are comprised of vibrant colors and fun patterns with a 1960s boho feel which is a great look for this time of year. However, if you are not such the trend-chaser and want to go with more of a subtle look, there are lots of solid color options in beautiful jersey knits and silks. You can go ultra femme with this look and pair it with a shorter length flirty top and some sophisticated espadrilles, or you can dress it down with a chambray shirt and a pair of flat sandals or oxfords. Jewelry and accessories are a free-for-all, so pull some of your favorite pieces out of the back of your armoire and you’re good to go!

1. Dennis Basso SS2014 RTW

2. Alice + Olivia Shannon Pleated Brush-Print Maxi Skirt, $448

3. Tibi Pleated Slit Skirt, $395

4. Zoe Saldanda in Sachin + Babi

5. 70s Plaid skirt Size 4 Red and Navy Blue Reversible Skirt by Charlotte Ford, $30

6. Anthroologie Tana Mesh Maxi Skirt, $188

7. Pucci Skirt in Midnight Blue Velvet, Vintage Mod 60s Retro, $525

– Carmen Turner

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