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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Hemlines ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Hemlines
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Date: 1/30/09 1:21 PM

So after a bit of hiatus from trying to be stylish due to pregnancy, I am working up some plans for a few transitional pieces while I work on losing the pregnancy weight. In my plans for skirts, I have run into uncertainty about what length would look current and chic. BWOF seems to be all about the mid-calf length these days, which would be a shift for me. That could be a good length for me as far as hitting me at a narrow part of the leg. I have been wearing skirts to the knee for the past 10 years or so, and that's also pretty good for me.

As far as silhouettes, my first attempt at a skirt for my current body was a really full pleated one and it looked DREADFUL; I think I need to get my waist back before I can do a full skirt. I think I'll stick with narrower skirts (pencil or subdued A-line). What do you all think?
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Date: 1/30/09 1:41 PM

I think you need to wear a length that is flattering on you regardless of what is "in." On the other hand...

I like to experiment with trends myself and don't always wear what is perfectly flattering and seem to be doing more of that lately.

My most flattering length is about an inch or two above or below the knee.

I probably didn't answer very well

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Date: 1/31/09 1:18 AM

I'm sorry your full skirt didn't work out - I can't wear those, either. I am looking for the right silhouette myself.

I did a quick search at gap.com, nordstrom.com, and net-a-porter.com for skirts, just to get an impression of what is being sold now. I saw mostly to-the-knee skirts, but some minis, mid-calf, and longer, too - so I guess we can pick what we want this year. There were a few a-lines, and lots of pencil skirts - plain or with interesting details. I liked the a-line skirts with the two rows of buttons, like a double-breasted coat, only on a skirt. There are also several skirts with two pleats in the front, like trousers, which I thought kept the pencil skirts a little softer, though i'm not sure how that would work on a thicker waist or a post-baby tummy like mine. I might go try some different styles on and see what I like.

Hope my musings are helpful...

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Date: 1/31/09 8:47 AM

Maybe something with a gentle trumpet shape? Nothing much around the hips but flounce at the knees. I have been looking at Jalie 2681 view D because it only takes 1 yard (!) of fabric. The pattern is for knits.

Long skirts can feel hot in a hot and humid climate. I find that knee length skirts that have some movement at the hem, not pencil skirt style that is, to be cooler to wear here in Virginia summers.

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Date: 1/31/09 10:34 AM

It's supposed to be a truism that hemlines go down when economic times are tough. I wonder if that factor is in play?

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Date: 1/31/09 10:42 AM

They'll be dragging the floor if this keeps up!

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Date: 1/31/09 6:01 PM

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Although, shorter skirts use less fabric and are more economical to make . . .

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Date: 1/31/09 7:33 PM

Those unrestrained bull markets are so unflattering on me!

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Date: 1/31/09 7:56 PM

I think you're right. Remember the "Maxy" dress that was all the rage last year? I think it's time to push the economy by making skirts shorter:)

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Date: 1/31/09 8:40 PM

I've generally found that when you change skirt lengths or fullness you need to change what type and shape and fit and/or length you've been wearing for coordinates (tops, blouses or even bodices, if it's a dress.) Sometimes just a minor change in length, for instance, can make a big difference in whether or not something looks 'right' to our eye.

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