Test Driving This Season’s Full Skirt

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by Leandra Medine
September 23, 2013
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From the runway to the streets to covering my labia, here you go.

You know that scene in The Nutcracker, when Mother Ginger lifts her skirt and out from under emerge a billion (eight) little gingerbread children to dance the Marlton Dance? (I’m taking creative license here.) In some iterations of the performance (and depending on skirt size) so too does a fun sized bear on a bicycle crop up. It is magical. Even more enchanting, though, is the prospect that the routine could occur during the regular humdrum of our non-acrobatically charged days.

So, a moment, please, to applaud the likes of Creatures of The Wind, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Christopher Kane and the ladies in front of the multiple street style lenses for identifying, creating, and celebrating big ass skirts, and for making dreams come true.

While the tea-length full skirt isn’t a new trend so much as a style that’s becoming increasingly more popular, I took one for a test drive last week. The findings? Continental confusion. Though I am technically in Paris right now, when these photos were snapped, I was just meandering through the East Village, looking like an asshole, acting like an asshole, putting my hands in my pocket to trick humanity into thinking I’d severed my hands.

What?

Moving on.

While I am not, by any stretch of the veiled-by-charmeuse imagination, as elegant as she-who-wears Carolina Herrera, don’t I kind of give off the impression that I could be? It’s a damn good thing photos can’t talk.

Actually, I take that back. In slipping into the clothes that tell the tale of an identity that is not mine, I have found I’m a decent role-player. My affected, rolled, French “Rs” are considerably more affected, I barely curse and I do this weird thing where I walk toe, heel instead of heel, toe. (This may have been a function of the raised in-step lining my pumps but whatever.)

The conclusion is simply that though I’m not sure the full skirt trend works particularly well outside the confines of fashion week, Paris, or the atelier of Oscar de la Renta, I really like it, so I don’t quite care, and therefore submit that I’m in the market for eight gingerbread children. Know any?

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Carven blouse, Tibi skirt, Jimmy Choo pumps and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

REPLIES
  • xtyb

    I love you in your skirt. Here’s something else I learned about the full skirt: While wearing mine from Stella Jean at a wedding this weekend, I learned that I could put several flasks in the pockets and nobody could tell! My husband suggested some sort of a tool belt could be hidden under there. Also, it was not nearly as man-repelling as I had anticipated…

    • Amelia Diamond

      i LOVE stella jean! and i love flasks in pockets.

  • Maria Inês Ribeiro

    i love it! it’s so pretty!

    My blog – http://guesswhatfashion.blogspot.pt/

  • marinacasapu

    I’ve wanted a tibi full skirt since last year. I think it would look amazing on absolutely everyone.

  • Natali

    In love with this outfit!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • StyleNonsense

    Ooooohh, YES PLEASE! I Got An Amazing PVC One From H&M, Quite The Stunner Actually.
    http://www.StyleNonsense.com

  • Mattie Kahn

    This is a poyyyfect example of what I like to call aspirational dressing. I want the kind of life I imagine a person wearing this outfit would have.

    • Leandra Medine

      Really, though? Her life seems KIND OF fussy. How about you fake it and hope you don’t make it instead

      • Mattie Kahn

        Should have been more specific. This is aspirational in the sense that I’d like to have this life +50 years. I plan to be the sheeeeek-est grandmother on the playground.

  • Crap Bucket

    I like the fact that you took several photos at a gas station. Keeping it real.

  • Aubrey Green

    I love this look. It looks good on you.

  • Colleen

    I’m a big fan of full skirts because they mean I don’t flash people while biking to class. Also, you can totally do the full-skirt and cropped-right-under-the-boobs sweater (no abs!) and still feel so classy.

  • shelley

    love this on you! it’s perfect and as long as you keep other things pretty simple I think it works for every day.

  • Hayley Mitchell-Gardner

    gorgeous outfit that skirt is so beautiful! I love midi-skirts and i think they can be worn anytime! They do suit a particular style and if thats your style you should go for it :)

    Hayley xx
    http://www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

  • Melissa

    I have a few full skirts in the rotation, but I will admit to feeling just a little odd when I wear them. I haven’t noticed many “WTF” stares so I will keep on keeping on.

  • MARIA RUTH

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOVEEEE YOUR PUMPS

  • LaClaire Styles

    I bought a black vintage circle skirt from my favorite vintage shop in NYC. I’ve received so many compliments on it, I’ve decided to make another one. I love the red. One thing I noted with a full skirt is that with all that fabric you really need to make sure the waist fits!

  • Em

    Full skirts are one of the things I know I’ll wear forever, regardless of whether they are on trend or not. Love that they make me feel like a lady. :)

  • bloomaglow

    you look so cute. So lady like

  • d4divine

    Love it! Werk it! Make sure you’re wearing your best bloomer.

  • Bean
  • http://jessjoycej.wordpress.com/ Jessica Joyce

    That shout out to Mother Ginger may be the most accurate description of what was to follow. I must admit, though, that I will be in all of those skirts ASAP.

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Angela Bowron

    I don’t know , I like it! I think you look lovely and not assholey in anyway!

  • brunetteletters

    Great skirt…you actually look very feminine..not so repeller at all! :) xoxo
    http://brunettelettersblog.blogspot.com/

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    This outfit is the antithesis of men repelling, in my opinion.

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.com/ Alexandra

    You look so perfectly Parisian!! It’s fun to see you in a totally different look (although I think I originally fell in love with your style while you were wearing a red and white floral Tibi skirt with some insane black wedge heels). The fact that you can walk in those pointy (and incredibly high) Jimmy Choo stilettos makes me at once jealous and confused. My feet just won’t do that (not for more than 3 feet anyway). Rock on!

  • Susan

    I love the skirt! I would probably tweak the outfit by wearing a more form-fitting shirt, I feel like that would really accentuate the fullness of the skirt. I would possibly take an inch or two off the length as well to give a little younger look. Full skirts are great (especially on a slender girl like you) & just need to be paired with the right things. Great colors!

    • Stacey Freeman

      Totally agree! I want to tuck in the blouse more so there is more definition at the waist. A more fitted shirt would be perfect. The skirt is amazing and love it with the pink heels.

  • Susan

    I think a simple white t-shirt would really show off the skirt and lend a more casual elegance to the look. And now I kind of want this outfit! ;)

  • Perry

    This feels very Carolina Herrera.

  • This Exquisite World

    Such a classy and fun look!

    http://this-exquisite-world.blogspot.com/

  • Amatoria Clothing

    I love to wear a full skirt any old day. I made this one. Up-cycled from a vintage dress. The floral print is very girly, but one can always tone it down with a tee shirt, some denim, or some plaid.

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/35184440811763710/

  • Danish Modern

    If you sew a few pennies into the hem, those skirts fall nicely with mini weights…. Not so ” poofmonster” . Yours looks amaze. Love the white shirt on top. Baggy & baggy. :)
    Super new silhouette.

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I love those skirt, you look so fabulous and chic!

    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • coffeetoo

    I *can’t* believe you just referenced Mother Ginger! I was just trying to think up her name (precisely for that Nutcracker scene) a few days ago because I was so bloated from my period that I thought I needed a shirt/dress that would cover Mother Ginger and all of her little gingerbread kids.

    Your reference in regards to the full skirt is probably a little more relevant though.

  • SVICA

    Love full skirts on crisp fall days! Thank you for sharing!

    ~ SVICA Jeans ~

    The Customizable Tuxedo Stripe Jean

    http://www.svicajeans.com

  • http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com/ Oksana Radionova

    As much as I love full skirts, let’s talk about your writing. How, girl? How, how, how?! How is every sentence just absolutely and so effortlessly, perfectly molded that upon reading I feel like all is well in the world?!

    Seriously though, thank you for being you.

    http://www.foxyoxiesupernova.blogspot.com

  • agnes szucs / iiiinspired

    oh, you look so very nice in that outfit!!!

    agnes

    http://iiiinspired.blogspot.com/

  • Rebeka Osborne

    I not only love you in this skirt, but more generally, I love the what Leandra wore posts. Please never stop with these. Kthxbye!

  • FREED MODE

    I love this outfit, very adorable.

    http://freedmode.blogspot.fr/

  • Masha Nova

    It looks very good on you! so feminine

  • Foolish Aesthete

    Tea skirts and toe-heel perambulation. Of course. I remember my mother and grandmother advising us girls to do the same. Beautiful Carolina Herrera look.

  • Chloe

    This is so cute! I love the color as well.

    http://topknotsandpolkadots.wordpress.com

  • Anon

    I’m slowly appreciating colour-blocking red with pink, pink with maroon, red with maroon etc..

  • maria victoria

    I love the full skirt style. In fact i have been thinking about buying that tibi skirt for a while now but i think could i really wear it that much to justify spending that much on it (although i do think that i would never get rid of it). But let just think about this if you looked like an asshole wearing that in NYC how am i going to look wearing that in Miami???? but i still love it, and i would very much like to be an asshole in Miami if it means wearing that beauty.

  • Haley M.

    I’m a slim-waisted person with rather wide hips and thighs, and this look is AWESOME for me. I spend hours hunting down THE elusive full skirt-preferably just above the knee, and if below, it needs to be very full and voluminous-just like the perfect one in the photos above.

    Also I love the collar on the shirt- it reminds me of the stock collars that foxhunters/dressage riders at shows wear.

  • Niki Floros-Privett

    I love the skirt…and have been looking for a well scripted piece for some time. So glad it’s back. It’s lady. Like.

  • Kristy

    I love everything about this skirt – I’ve been dreaming about it since I saw it last. Only problem is it seems to be completely sold out everywhere, and even if it weren’t – the price tag is a bit hefty for a student making ends meet with rice cakes for lunch. I’ll have to wait till one of the places on the highstreet do a suitable knock off.
    STILL. GLAMOROUS.

  • Ultimate

    I love this how you styled it! Fab style.. I just made a post on the full skirt. Check it out xxx

    http://ultimateohhlala.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/trendspotting-full-skirt-aw13-midi.html#more

    Coco
    http://www.ultimateohhlala.blogspot.com

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