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Long Skirts

A classic look with a high-fashion twist

Long skirts are classic pieces that every woman should have in her wardrobe. The problem is, just because something is a classic style doesn’t mean you can keep the same item around for decades. If you have a long skirt older than any of your school-age children, it’s time to hit the stores for a new one.

The Right Look

There’s lots of variety in style and shape for long skirts today, so you’re sure to find one that flatters your body. You can also find a longer skirt for every occasion, from lounging around on weekends to heading to the office.

Airy skirts like bohemian skirts and peasant skirts are whimsical and very casual. They can be worn as easily as blue jeans and are even more comfortable than any pair of denim pants. These skirts should be either ankle length or reach about your knees, depending on the look you are going for. They work best with flat sandals. You can wear them around town for errands or to art class – they have a very loose, laid-back feel to them. They may also be called gypsy skirts.

Gothic skirts, on the other hand, are straighter and usually made of stiffer fabric. Unlike the airy feel of cotton or linen in boho and peasant skirts, gothic skirts might be made of denim or other thick textiles.

For the office, solid skirts in styles from A line to pencil are feminine yet still professional. You can brighten them up with fun details like ribbons or pinstripes. If your office is semi-casual, simple denim will always work, but the darker, the better and don’t forget to accessorize with nice sandals and brightly colored tops.

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Pencil Skirts

  • If you want to wear a long skirt to the office, there’s nothing better than a pencil skirt. More about Pencil Skirts

Pencil Skirts

If you want to wear a long skirt to the office, there’s nothing better than a pencil skirt.

The name pencil skirt is certainly fitting – this straight-leg, knee length skirt doesn’t have much shape to it. What makes it so sexy is the shape your body makes when you put it on. It’s important that a pencil skirt isn’t too loose, otherwise your body will look shapeless (like a pencil!). Instead, the skirt should fit fairly snug, so you can see the shape of your hips just a little bit.

Really tight pencil skirts, known jokingly as “hobble skirts” – often put too much emphasis around the hips and make you look bulbous. Stay away from this look if you have any shape whatsoever, but if you can wear it, a leather hobble skirt coupled with a crisp blouse is a great power look.

Most recently, many women have tried the high waist skirt when shopping for pencil skirts. These are the anti- low risers, coming up to the belly button. When you tuck a plain, button-up shirt into a high waist skirt, you create a streamlined, sexy look.

Sarongs

  • When you’re hitting the beach, there are few essentials to pack: bathing suit, sun block, towel, hat, sunglasses, sandals and now, a sarong. More about Sarongs

Sarongs

When you’re hitting the beach, there are few essentials to pack: bathing suit, sun block, towel, hat, sunglasses, sandals and now, a sarong.

Sarongs are wrap skirts that start out as long pieces of fabric, but are then wrapped around the waist. They originated in Asia, but have gained mainstream popularity in North America, particularly for beach vacationers.

You’ve got a few bathing suit sarong and everyday sarong options. Long sarong dresses will cover up your whole body and are great for evenings when the sun goes down. Sarong skirts are shorter and cover up your legs, like a short skirt.

Some sarongs come sewn together, so you just have to pull them on like a skirt. You can also look for a tie sarong, which you will need to tie around yourself each time you want to use it.

If you’re wondering how to tie a sarong, use provided ties or strings or loop the fabric around itself on the hip and tightly tuck or knot it in place.

As for color and pattern, a batik sarong dyed in more traditional patterns has authenticity, while a print wrap Hawaiian skirt has a more Westernized appeal.