Is skirt-length just about aesthetics and fashion or is it an age-related issue? As you would expect, at SoSensational we take more than an academic interest, since the skirt length/age issue is one that engages those of us in the baby-boomer generation (women now in their 50s, 60s and above) more than most.
If we are not super smart about getting our hemlines right if, for instance, we go too short, we run the risk of looking like mutton dressed as lamb while just an inch or two too long can end up looking horribly frumpy.
Happily, there are plenty of skirt lengths on offer for this season AND A/W15/16; We’ll ignore mini, but that still leaves us the options of on-the-knee, midi and (our absolute favourite at SoSensational) the maxi… And then there is the shape – pencil/straight, gathered/pleated or A-line. Everyone has their favourite cut in a skirt, usually the result of years of trial and error trying them on. But sometimes it is worth being experimental and trying a new shape.
The great advantage of the maxi is that when you haven’t had time to have your legs waxed, or legs are untanned, the maxi is the perfect cover-up…
We love the midi, but it is harder to wear and requires careful styling – particularly as far as footwear is concerned. Team your midi with the summer’s favourite mid-heel or low-heel strappy court.
The pencil skirt remains fabulously on-trend. This should be a really easy look because, let’s face it, most of us in the baby-boomer generation have “done” pencil skirts before – several times.
Most of the best pencil skirts are on or just below the knee so the key to avoiding frumpiness is the right top half, and as with the midi – the right footwear.
Ankle boots (flat or wedge-heel are both around) and opaque tights are one way to style a pencil skirt. Alternatively, sheer tights and fancy/lacy tights have made a comeback, too, worn with low-heel or mid-heel, strappy shoes, but do keep things punchy, or low heels and pencil skirt could stray into over-classic territory – a risk faced even by 35-year-olds wearing this particular trend.
We’ve chosen the 10 best skirts for the current S/S15 season, in 3 different styles, all with different price points. We’ve also suggested the perfect tops and shoes so you look fabulous all summer long!
*If your hips/bottom are bigger than you would ideally like, a fuller skirt with pleats or gathers ca work really well by disguising what is underneath.
*With a pencil skirt, keep shoulders wide (we are talking a small shoulder pad in a sweater or jacket NOT Alexis Colby shoulders up-round your ears!)), and look for statement pieces – blouses with draping or shoulder detail, shirts with pleating and cropped and curvy jackets.
*Proportions are truly key when you are wearing a midi or maxi skirt, so aim for balance. If you are very tall, your jacket should be medium-short (i.e it should sit on your top hip), or you will look as if you have no top half at all. If you are average height, jacket should be WHERE, CYNDY and if you are petite, keep jackets short and tops tucked in.
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