January 15, 2009

Down to the ground

Photo by Anna Sinkovska
It's been a very long time since maxi skirts were in fashion, but they are now.
Recently, I saw the first one on a person - rather than on the pages of a magazine - and it looked really charming teamed with a short, cord jacket and heavy boots.

Valentino (via style.com)

Jenny Packham

Certainly, full length is not for everyone and, until recently, I felt I was a long way from appearing in one myself. But, having given the matter some thought for this column, I'm now convinced that by the time spring is in full swing, I will want some for weekends and holidays.

You can wear these skirts in a number of ways. All ages can wear them with a big, tucked-in and belted white shirt.
Your reference for this look is either American society dames, such as Carolina Herrera and Lynn Wyatt - who would probably add a substantial necklace - and Georgia O'Keefe for a more minimal look. For this approach, avoid flimsy fabrics.
Another option is to pair the skirt with a very light, skinny cardigan from somewhere like Pringle or John Smedley. It will hug your torso and give it shape, and it will also provide a bit of a cover-up - if you don't want to bare arms, but want to maintain a small top half. For this, you must keep your cardigan short and tight, and not at all sloppy.
Alternatively, you could take a more gipsy-like tack. If this is more your style, exchange the shirt for a drawstring-necked smock which can be pulled down and off the shoulders for evening.
A different and probably younger look is to pair your maxi skirt with long layers of the inexpensive, loose vests that can be found in all the high-street stores. French Connection and Miss Selfridge have good selections.
However, something floral or in one bold, bright colour is very appealing. This time around, pair them with some wedge heels, which also offer the height needed to carry off a maxi. Don't, however, be tempted to wear them with spindly heels: stack heels, chunky, flat sandals, or boots are better alternatives if you aren't keen on wedges.

Kate Moss, and again Victoria Beckham

Akris (all via style.com)

Carolina Herrera

Catherine Holstein

Chris Benz
Chris Benz

Chris Benz

Dolce & Gabbana
Dries Van Noten

Emanuel Ungaro
Emporio Armani

Erin Fetherston

Herve Leger
Jaeger London

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Jean-Paul Gaultier

Jonathan Saunders
Kris Van Assche

Marc Jacobs

Maurizio Pecoraro
Miss Sixty

Miss Sixty

Ports 1961
Roberto Cavalli

Roksanda Ilincic

Sonia Rykiel

Vena Cava

Why did we forget them?
Photo by Phillip Toledano


Couture Carrie said...

Long skirts are so underrated! I love this look, especially Jenny Packham and Herve Leger. And Vicky Beckham wears them soooo well! Great trendspotting, FM!



Hum, I got a long skirt in velvet, think I would try something. But I need heels!

* Fashion Dreamer * said...

I've liked maxi-dresses for a while but not maxi-skirts. If done right, they can look incredibly chic and are a refreshing change from the short hemlines we've been used to

Laura Anais said...

wow.... the Vena Cava is gorgeous! Love this post. Filled with floathy dresses. The best darling.


atelier said...

I love long skirts, but I am not tall enough to wear them

Chris said...

Thanks for the comment :)

Love the maxi's! <3

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