Paul & Joe spring/summer collection.
Did someone say “resort (!)”? Or, is someone living in tropical climes?
I’m approaching this assignment somewhat differently than my seasonal Top 20 project. In the days ahead I’ll include several items to wear or pack and discuss how they work together to magically multiply into infinite (I never exaggerate) outfits.
Today, however, I’m focusing on one item. It is completely alien to my dressing aesthetic, and yet I love it. A long summer skirt. For some reason, with the exception of a longish skirt with boots, I don’t like long skirts in the winter. Most of the time they look dowdy to me.
(Oh yes, do chime in.)
Back on subject. These are all the reasons I am enchanted by them:
1.) Worn intelligently, they are ageless.
2.) They’re cool and they’re cool.
3.) They dress up, they dress down.
4.) There is one out there for every figure.
5.) They make a woman feel feminine in the most subtly appealing way.
6.) A woman moves differently in them, making them somewhat seductive.
7.) They tend to be the exception to everything we own and therefore they seem daring, fun, flirty.
As with all special asides in a wardrobe, a long summer skirt (hereafter referred to as LSS) must be chosen with the utmost care. My vote is only for cotton or cotton voile. (Linen skirts I think are best left to the straight and narrow. Let’s set them aside for now.)
Some women will be obliged to steer clear of gathers at the waist, others will find tiers too frou-frou and feel silly wearing them. Most of us want flat over that pesky waist/mid-thigh area.
I recommend a belt to pull everything together. A ribbon or cummerbund will do the job without the hard edge. (You may have noticed I have a thing for cummerbunds, I’m mad about them.)
This is where the LSS gets tricky. What to wear on top? Some women may decide, “Oh, why not, let’s have fun and go all the way with a peasant blouse.” Tough call. Might work. Might not.
In any case, keep it as simple as possible, black or white, no embellishments and a belt of some sort.
Maybe a mariniere if one is very slim and a solid colored skirt can be found. How about brown with the three-toned beige, camel brown skirt above?
An aside, I think peasant blouses are divine in the summer when worn with something classic and tailored, i.e. trousers, pencil skirt. Most women’s shoulders are beautiful and we have few opportunities to flaunt them while still covering our arms.
Think about it.
My preferences are T-shirts, strict shirts (they can be tucked, sleeves rolled up, in or tied at the waist), camp skirts — a bit like the refined interpretation at Paul & Joe — and polos. As you can imagine, my color choices would most probably be black or white.
Shoes: sandals, of course, and ballerinas. Please, I beg of you, not heels. OK, maybe a sandal with a low heel. A high-heel says to me, “Why don’t you come up and see me some time?”
What I’m Wearing Today:
1.) Gray flannel trousers.
2.) White T-shirt.
3.) Charcoal cashmere cardigan.
4.) Gray suede ballerines.
And that’s it. I’m not leaving the house.
Oh yes, the color of my vest is not the bright purple in yesterday’s post — that was only a “sort of like” reference — see above.
Speaking of “sort of like,” that’s the idea behind all the skirts pictured here.