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La Mode: The Full Skirt

From The Sartorialist, here.
From Talbots Spring 2011 Collection, here.
Oh, and speaking of street style snaps, did you know about Spotted DIY over at the Talbots blog, Red Chair Confessions?  You can submit a photo of yourself wearing a favorite Talbots item, and each month they award one winner a $250 gift card!  Might come in handy just in time for the launch of the spring collection…
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16 Comments

  1. December 13, 2010 / 2:46 pm

    I love the look, but also wonder if it will work for me. Sometimes the key is the style of the full skirt. If the upper part of the skirt is fitted with the fullness lower–it might work. I think skirts like this also have to be the right length for your height and body shape. For me, that means slightly below the knee.

  2. December 13, 2010 / 3:51 pm

    I’ve worn this for ages, in or out. Women worry that the fullness makes their hips look big but it won’t if- as Susan says- there is fit at the hip, and if the length does not swamp. Just below the knee is the minimum for graceful flow (not like a tutu), and can go as low as mid- calf if one is tall.

    Lower than mid-calf is a whole other thing, the maxidress/retro 70s thing, and I find it awkward to navigate subways and streets like that. Long- to the ankle- is fun for evening or as resort wear.

    I think the miniskirt looks passé on mature women.

  3. December 13, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    I like longer skirts, but the full ones don’t work for me. I think they require a waist or a generally curvy build.

  4. December 13, 2010 / 5:01 pm

    Chere Pseu,

    Can you advise on the wearing of longer skirts on those of us who are short apple shaped ladies? I live in a COLD place, so longer skirts make a lot of sense. However, I can’t quite decide that such a look is flattering, but am open to ideas.

  5. December 13, 2010 / 7:24 pm

    OH! Miss J must keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip, Miss Pseu!

  6. metscan
    December 13, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    Talbot is an early bird this time, or the picture by the Sartorialist is a flop.
    I am not liking this retro look at all, sorry, but true.

  7. Allie
    December 13, 2010 / 2:26 pm

    I love the look with Talbots, but not on The Sartorialist. I have always loved a fitted top and fuller skirt, but it doesn’t work on my frame. I shall just admire it on others!

  8. December 13, 2010 / 10:43 pm

    They remind me of my teen-age years when full skirts and twin-sets were very IN !!

  9. Louise
    December 13, 2010 / 3:47 pm

    Congratulations on being feature over on Sal’s blog, AlreadyPretty! I learn so much from you.

  10. Kalee
    December 13, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    Oooh, I am loving the full skirts (the again I’ve been wearing them for years now). I agree with Allie though, not a fan of The Sartorialist one though…it kind of reminds me of an old (and I mean ollllddd) lady. Nothing wrong if that were her age, but she’s young. But Talbots nails it perfectly—in fact I want that whole outfit.

  11. La Belette Rouge
    December 13, 2010 / 7:55 pm

    I have a feeling that Talbots is going to be a place I am going to be spending a lot of time this Spring.

  12. vicki archer
    December 13, 2010 / 9:48 pm

    I have always been a fan of a full skirt…they are both fabulous examples….xv

  13. Tiffany
    December 14, 2010 / 7:35 am

    I have just one full skirt – I do love it, but because I am petite/little/whatever, and I prefer to wear it with flats, I always feel like I’m trying to emulate some 50s teen when I wear it (no bobby socks, though). So it doesn’t get out much …

  14. December 14, 2010 / 9:08 pm

    Lovely skirts, lovely photos. And Talbots’ seems to be going from strength to strength – both the product and styling are gorgeous.

  15. KT
    December 15, 2010 / 7:09 pm

    Love it! I work part time at Talbots and it is a joy! The clothes are beautiful, well made and designed with many types of women and lifestyes in mind!

  16. December 16, 2010 / 6:22 am

    I love wearing a full skirt! But I have to be careful of the silhouette, because I have a thick waist, so I need to have a skirt with a bit of a dropped waist, or else a gored skirt that is sleek at the waist then bells out below.

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