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Long Skirt
I searched and there were none specifically on this so
I'm all in for long skirt, mid and full length but I find it difficult to pull off because Im short (5'4") and do not look very narrow (I'll fix this with diet but still...). I also see that this kind of skirt looks good in movement but when it stays still, I understand why it's a problem . So I think we'll discuss how to mix long skirt, how to pull it off, experience with it (moving in column skirt, keeping it in good condition, avoiding wrinkles...).

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I think there might be a couple of threads on this in the Trend Spotting area, they've been trying to push it for a while but it's finally taking off.

I'm no help here as I've never worn a long skirt by the way, just adding my thoughts. :p

So many examples have surfaced but most girls end up looking a little witchy, or look like they wrapped a curtain around their legs.. only a couple days ago I spotted a girl (blogger! ) that I finally found lovely in the way she carried it.. a total surprise as I think her style is generally kind of corny, I guess it takes a style like that to tone down the severity of the long skirt styles that have surfaced.

this is the girl:


[liebemarlene.com]

It has to be light and spacious like this to work in my opinion.. and I think her top sort of 'drowns' the emphasis on the skirt and makes it looked more balanced.. more about comfort and lightness than lengths.

I also adore this other look, that it's less voluminous but shorter, so the element of comfort is still there:


[style.com]

I'll probably be leaning on the last one more for next summer.. and also the fabric is uncomplicated. Pleats and soft materials are screwed when you sit for more than half an hour, a skirt like Fendi's is so thick you can control it any time.

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I think in order to pull off a long skirt it actually demands that you are tall (or that you wear very high heels ), otherwise it will look mum-alike/out-dated.

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^ that's the consensus but I'm not sure I agree, I'm on the tall side and even though long skirts look 'wrong' on me for self-conscious reasons that probably have little to do with reality, I do think that some girls of average height tend to pull this off better than some tall or very short ones. I know I've never liked any of the looks on Frida Gustavsson and (besides the styles she goes for) I think it's partly for her height (she's 1.85 from what I've heard), there's just too much fabric going on on a long body to focus on anything else. It sort of elongates the body in a weird way.

I think a petite girl could pull this off, even the 'lycra' looks.

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I think it's more important that the proportions are right. I saw a girl the other day wearing one. She looked fantastic, even though she was on the shorter side. It was made out of some semi-clingy, but not tight, fabric--maybe a jersey blend?--so that there was some shape to it. She wore it a bit dramatic, to the floor, with a checkered scarf around her neck.

Come to think of it, though, she didn't look that comfortable in it. The wind was making the skirt tangle around her legs, which was pretty and sensual, but she kept trying to pick it out.

Managing all that fabric is probably a bit difficult. I think MulletProof's observation about thicker fabrics is a good solution.

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I think you can easily look shorter (if you're not very tall) when you are wearing a long skirt. However, I do see your point that how you combine it all together is also a main point.

Another aspect I want to add is that I'm already bored with the long skirt look or the transparent one at least. It's just everywhere.. I might change my mind though.

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I wear long skirts every so often and I'm not exactly tall. Proportion is key, and if you're short a fuller (but still streamlined) rather than a column-like long skirt is probably best, and wear it with a much more controlled top, either a good tee with an interesting necklace/neckline (not a dinky pendant or chain) and maybe a cardigan or whatever else you like to make the top more interesting, or a fitted blouse. a high waist can be really lengthening, so you could do something with a thin belt on the waist - thick belts cut short people in half I think. I wear my skirts quite long, ankle length or longer, with flats.

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hmm...interesting, proportion is the key....and i like to wear it high waist.

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I personally love long skirts and have been wearing them more often (as it is summer in Australia) and I think I would have to agree with the idea that 'proportion is key'. However I think that the length is also another factor...

I wouldn't say I was average height (probably shorter than average) and I like to wear my skirts either at ankle height or just below the knee and I think it actually makes me look taller, any other length just doesn't look right.

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I've been living in long skirts my whole life; the last two photos Bonchic posted, especially the last one could be me, in that I like wearing everything really long flowy and layered and falling with gravity to go with my waist-length hair. I love Mullet's looks too, very decontracté, laid back...
It's definitely all about proportion, but there are no rules...you really have to play with each individual item on each individual person. A centimeter difference here and there can change the look entirely.

Here's the thread on maxi skirts:

http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f49...rts-27868.html

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I love long skirts but I really fall into the category of people who can't pull them off. I recently tried on the most beautiful Alexander McQueen skirt that was fringed and slightly puffy and it looked disasterous on me even though I'm not that short (5'7).

I really like long tight skirts like the ones from Rick Owens, Ann D., etc.

And I like these from Rag & Bone:




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And this sheer one on Abbey is perfection:


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I tend to like them paired with boots. And I like long skirts in sheer fabrics so they don't look so heavy and overwhelming on a petite person.

I really love all the looks in post #1, too!

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I think a full-circle, bohemian-type skirt can make the wearers look short since it increases the width while column-type increases the height. Am I wrong ? How do you guys think Frida's skirt was tailored ?

If I want a "fuller" skirt, how should it be pleated ? I think a skirt with large gap between pleats is ideal since it creates "flare" yet doesn't appear to be made of too much fabric. I know this girl who is only 5'3" but her narrow frame helps to pull off skirts very well










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I think in order to pull off a long skirt it actually demands that you are tall (or that you wear very high heels ), otherwise it will look mum-alike/out-dated.
I have always felt they work well on me & I'm only 5'5". I often wear 100mm heels, but not always. I'm long-waisted, so the long skirt balances the proportions & helps me look taller.

I like A-lines, and also skirts that are fuller but yoked. I do have some that are more a column, I have a knit leopard intarsia like that. Also a punched suede skirt that's more A-line ... the punching at the bottom lightens it.

I have always found them more comfortable. I think having my legs on display makes me self-conscious somehow ...

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Hey would you mind posting your skirts ?

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^ I have pix of one I work in high tech but am a total Luddite IRL :p (This is not one of the ones I mentioned btw ... this is A-line and has a lot of structure. Very heavyweight linen.)
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