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Kristin Booker • August 18, 2010

Translating the Trends Fall 2010: The Short Answer on the New Long Skirt

Fall is around the corner and shopping for the season is starting to feel right. Our Contributing Fashion Editor, Reese Pereira, is here to help you make your shopping list and check it twice. Here, she explains how to get in on one of the biggest trends coming this season: the long skirt.


I don’t think there is a single woman out there who doesn’t enjoy feeling sexy, feminine and oh-so-ladylike, right, gals? Personally, there’s nothing that makes me feel more girly than a beautiful long skirt and one of the trends we’re going to be seeing a lot of this fall is just that: a sea of long, feminine skirts. The silhouette is just right for all body types, a skinny column of fitted goodness from the hip to the knee and a flaring flute of dramatic impact flowing toward the ground.

When the Michael Kors Fishtail Floor Length Skirt ($1,995, shown at top) hit my line of vision from photos of the runway show, let’s just say it was total and utter love at first sight for me.  This skirt is an absolute dream, a luxurious cashmere blend in a shape that highlights all the right spots for our bodies.  It accentuates the waist and hip,then flows to the ankles with a dreamy, waterfall effect.  Try this trend by drawing the eye down the body with a plunging V-neck top and accentuate your waist with layered skinny belts. Don’t be afraid to show a little skin up top, especially since your bottom half is covered; remember, balance is key with long skirts.

Another reason to love long skirts is their versatility in creating a myriad of looks. Take this With Hearts in My Eyes Fishtail Skirt ($120). This long black skirt is made in a slimming stretch cotton and the waist is adjustable to be worn folded over or higher for a more dramatic effect.  Per the material, you can unleash your inner rock star by adding a simple tank or cool t-shirt or take it into dressier affairs with a lace top and some gorgeous earrings or stacked bangles. When we talk about getting the most bang for your buck, this kind of skirt is the “bang” we’re talking about.

This ASOS Seam Detail Maxi Skirt ($43.81) is casual, chic and will look so fashion-forward paired with a military coat (another fall trend) or leather jacket and a scarf (for an urban, sexy look.) If classic tailoring is more your style, a large knit sweater paired with this skirt will give you a soft, romantic appeal.

A trick to the trend: try to keep your skirts in the neutral color range (black, navy, grey, camel, etc.) to allow more versatility when it comes to mixing and matching with your other wardrobe items.  Long skirts are great at hiding a multitude of sins and insecurities, so feel free to mask everything from a little tummy to a slight level of anxiety about your legs. Another item of note is that curvy girls should look for a body skimming effect at the top and watch the volume toward the bottom to ensure they look streamlined. Petites can also rock the look but make sure that you’re adding altitude (and attitude) with high heel boots. But trust me, they really do may everyone look sleek and oh-so-ah-mazing!

Definitely do yourself a favor and add some long skirts to your fall wardrobe. Trust me, you will love them as much as I do.

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One Response to Translating the Trends Fall 2010: The Short Answer on the New Long Skirt

  1. Laurie says:

    Thanks for the great tips, Reese! I’m buying one today! ~

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