Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fashion: Skirts

We would all agree that wearing skirts is ultra-feminine. Decades ago, women just did not wear pants unless they were on a farm or riding a horse. Then pants became more and more acceptable, but it got to the point that women stopped wearing dresses almost completely - and then wearing dresses was NOT the norm.

Women said back then how comfortable and freeing it was to wear pants, and lots of women completely stopped wearing dresses except on formal occasions. Those of us who wore dresses were definitely in the minority until recent years. Happily, the deliciousness of a dress has been rediscovered by lots of women... men never forgot how alluring a dress can be, however.

My girlfriend Linda said to me recently. "Let me share a little something that happened to me yesterday when I wore a skirt. Granted, it was a bit above the knee but not too short. Two different men tripped and nearly fell, one knocked over a display and the other ran into a door and nearly knocked himself down. When I got back in my car I just laughed at them. I am a single mother (38) and it just made me feel good that someone thought I was worth looking at again."

Now, I know that some women will get mad about another woman playing up the fact that she is a woman in the workplace. Some people believe that woman should act like men in a business setting to be taken seriously, I don't believe that is true. The truth is that there is a difference between men and women, and woman should embrace those differences and make them shine! Men feel good being around a woman who takes pride in her appearance AND is intelligent. It actually makes you appear more professional. I get a lot of compliments on my sexy legs! Obviously I would not get those compliments if I covered my legs up in slacks and pants!



STRAIGHT SKIRT

A tailored skirt hanging straight from the hips and fitted from the waist to the hips by means of darts or a yoke; may have a kick-pleat for ease of walking.

Notice the belt I am wearing to set off the cute top from the skirt. It's a great fashion accessory.

The open toed heels (3") with the ankle straps definitely complete the outfit. Note the sexy necklace that dangles into my cleavage. The necklace goes so well with that neckline.





FULL SKIRT


A skirt with fullness gathered into the waistband. The full-skirt on the right is from Club Monaco. They have a great collection of chic and modern fashions that are timeless and classic.

The picture was taken on the Las Vegas Strip at the Fashion Show mall facing south down the Strip. The Venetian Hotel and Casino is on the left and Treasure Island Hotel is on the right behind me.




A-LINE SKIRT

A skirt with a slight flare, roughly in the shape of a capital letter A.

I have very few "Brown" outfits in my wardrobe but I really like how cute and adorable this looks on me.

Check out the link to "Andrea's galleria" for more pictures of this outfit.







PLEATED SKIRT

A skirt with fullness reduced to fit the waist by means of regular pleats ('plaits') or folds, which can be stitched flat to hip-level or free-hanging.

I love pleated skirts. Love the way they hang from the hips. The way the skirt moves when I walk and how the skirt drapes across my hips and legs when i sit.








MINISKIRT

A thigh-length skirt, and micromini, an extremely short version (1960s)


Other Types of Skirts:

Circle skirt, a skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is very full but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts, pleats, or gathers

Hobble skirt, a fashion of the early 20th century, with fullness at the hips narrowing to the ankles

Poodle skirt, a circle or near-circle skirt with an appliqued poodle or other decoration (1950s)

Dirndl, a skirt made of a straight length of fabric gathered at the waist

Prairie skirt, a flared skirt with one or more flounces or tiers (1970s and on)

Kilt-skirt, a wrap-around skirt with overlapping aprons in front and pleated around the back. Though traditionally designed as women's wear, it is fashioned to mimic somewhat closely the general appearance of a (man's) kilt, including the usage of a plaid pattern more or less closely resembling those of recognized tartan patterns of Scotland.

Maxiskirt, a midcalf-length skirt (1970s)

Broomstick skirt, a skirt with many crumpled pleats formed by compressing and twisting the garment while wet (1980s and on)

Sarong, a square of fabric wrapped around the body and tied on one hip to make a skirt; worn as a skirt or as a cover-up over a bathing suit in tropical climates.

Trouser skirt, a straight skirt with the part above the hips tailored like men's trousers, with belt loops, pockets, and fly front

Jean skirt, A trouser skirt made of denim designed like 5-pocket jeans

Now that we have chatted about skirt we'll have to discuss hose and heels in future posts.

"Andrea Nicole Baker"

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