One of my favorite summer looks is long skirts. I think they look marvelous with close to the body t-shirts (as you can see from the sets I’ve got those of us covered who won’t go sleeveless) and classic shirts. As much as I love off the shoulder blouses with a gypsy vibe, I think after a certain age we must be careful not to construct a costume-y look when combining them with a long skirt that conveys the same message.
For an off the shoulder blouse and the embroidered gypsy styles, the skirt should be sober, not tiered with lots of la-dee-da.
Now, that being said, I think — and I really haven’t figured out quite why, maybe you can enlighten me — they are relatively complicated to pull off with style. I think it’s important that they are “breezy” in look and feel. They must always be worn with a flat shoe, which could mean sandals, ballerinas, espadrilles, sneakers. Often a belt gives them a clean, polished look that can be more sophisticated, grown-up.
I’ve been seeing them in Paris and out in the country, as I do every year, and they are always so appealing. We can find them at every imaginable price point, which means we can see if they answer that paramount question when dressing: Do I feel confident wearing a long skirt?
I’m seriously considering shopping for one. We’re mid-way through summer, the soldes aren’t quite finished, why not?