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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Long Skirt Love

I have to confess I haven't worn a long skirt in a really long time.  Maybe never, come to think of it.  Being 6' tall (or 5'12" as I like to say), long skirts, dresses, etc are usually too short for me and hit me at that incredibly awkward mid-calf length.  But lately, I've seen some longer options that sit lower on the hips and have been drawn to the gorgeous boho chic style of a colorful long skirt, paired with a simple tank and a fun chunky necklace.  Long skirts like this have a certain Auntie Mame quality that is irresistibly glamorous.

Two of Charlotte's most stylish women favor them.  Barrie Benson wore one for her Southern Living photoshoot.

Image via Southern Living

Capitol owner Laura Vinroot Poole fabulously styled a long skirt with a simple oxford shirt and patterned belt for her Garden and Gun photoshoot.
Image via Garden and Gun

Rachel Bilson pairs a long skirt with a simple white tank for a casual look.

Olivia Palermo puts a dressier twist on it, adding a classic oxford and metallic sandals.

I have started hunting for a long skirt, myself.  Here are a few that I love:

Tory Burch does boho chic better than anyone, and this skirt is no exception.  My mom had a very similar skirt in the 1970's that I wish I could fit in!

If you don't want to invest as much, this Anthropologie version is so chic.  The fitted natural waist and flat front are so flattering.  I would pair it with a simple black tank, a big turquoise necklace, a straw tote, and flat sandals for daytime.

And if you want to really do a maxi skirt on a budget, this Forever 21 version is fun with a drawstring waist.  I do think it looks less expensive than the others, but it could be a good way to test the long-skirt-waters before spending a lot.

Do you have a long skirt?


Betsy said...

Those are so cute! I was hesitant at first too (for the opposite reason- I'm so short I thought it would be silly), but I got a black one and have worn it tons! With striped tops, white t-shirts/scarves, etc etc. I might get that Forever21 version- no need to spend lots on a fun summer print when that one looks so good.

Vickie H. said...

Sarah, I (of course) did not realize you were gifted with wonderful height! With your classicly beautiful features you can pull off this look in spades! If you cannot find the skirt you want, don't overlook the possibility of hiring a wonderful seamstress and finding the perfect fabric and having the skirt made. These skirts are very simple and should NOT be prohibitively expensive when you go this route. I remember the add for Charlotte Moss's new fabric line in which she wears a skirt done in one of her fabrics. And if you yourself sew this is a no-brainer. Find yourself a fabulous pattern at one of the stores who carry those and the sky is the limit. BTW: that budget-conscious Forever 21 skirt would be great for around the house! I know you will find the perfect one and you will be positively REGAL when you wear it!

the Queen City Style said...

Love this post. All of it! I am bananas over Laura's skirt, and Barrie's and the choices you featured... I might have to spring for one of them! I have a favorite long skirt that belonged to my Grandmother. It is black with gold and red embroidery... from some other country on their travels. It is pretty amazing. It is a winter skirt, so I need a summer addition. Thanks for the recs!

Jess said...

I actually really like that F21 one! The print is my favorite. I have long skirts but only in solid colors...maybe I should now get one in a print! :)

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