18 Jul 2019

The “New” Skirt: A Length To Love


This new season is showing a length to love.

The skirt length is longer and the style pleated or fuller. Thank you trendsetters, wherever you are.

I see so many beautiful skirts missing those 6 crucial inches. I have never understood why designers make the most desirable and the most expensive pieces in a length for those who can wear them but ill afford them. At this stage and age and however fabulous our legs, a longer line looks elegant and more flattering.

This coming season, all is changing and hemlines are dropping.

Skirts with pleats and a little extra fullness; I can’t wait.

There is nothing I love more than the right skirt and blouse combination.

Skirts and blouses were once considered slightly dull or at best too conservative or old-fashioned. I believe, like all our fashion statements, it is in ‘the putting together’. It is about the pattern or shape of the skirt, the detail of the blouse and the type of accessories we combine. It’s where our earrings or bracelets dial up the look and the right sunglasses make all the difference.

Bring back the best bag of all time and any thought of “Miss Prim” disappears.


Why a length and skirt to love?

For most woman, a longer length skirt is the most flattering line of all. Streamlining with a shorter skirt is almost impossible unless you have a shape like Twiggy in the ’60s.

Will a skirt cut me in half, make me look shorter in the body? No, not if styled correctly.

The longer length, the pleats and the slight fullness offset the waist and if worn with a similar colour or simple top the problem is averted. When tucking in, too much fabric in a blouse is best avoided.

Dress the longer length skirt up or down. It’s versatile and a piece for all seasons.

Dress down; add a pair of trainers and a fine cashmere sweater. Dress up with heels or booties and a 3/4 length coat.

Did I mention comfort? Not to be boring but a longer-line skirt is a fast dress up and a comfortable one. Make sure the waist is not too tight – err on the larger side; the skirt will hang better and feel good all day long.

The pre-fall collections are in. Nordstrom, my go-to for all things beautiful, has an exquisite edit of the new collections. The longer length skirts are the dream and they may just be my everyday saviours this coming winter. Adaptable style choices mean everything for me and a great skirt can take me from work to play with no fuss.

That’s what I am after; a great look with minimum effort.

I want my choices to work for me and with me; these do. xv

A Length To Love

pleated flora print  ||  lace dot print  ||  gg canvas print  ||  leather trim wool blend  ||  co pleated midi ||  floral appliqué  ||  lace plissé midi

wear with

celine sunglasses  ||  fendi leather baguette  ||  miu miu booties  ||  altuzurra cashmere  ||  a good red lip

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring, “The “New” Skirt: A Length To Love”

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This is the length I always go for. When I was a teen I could get away with the mini skirt in the early 70s but now? HA! No thank you. I’ll stick to the flattering length here!

Linda B

I have always favored midi length skirts, even when they weren’t in style! I remember permanently “borrowing” a pleated plaid wool skirt from my mother’s closet when I was in high school in the early 70s, and sewing other longer length skirts for myself. I do sometimes enjoy knee length skirts if they are the right cut, but count me in as a midi (or sometimes maxi) skirt person! Bonus points that they are back in vogue.


Dear Vicki, what a coincidence your topic on long skirts is for me today! A day ago, in St Remy, I saw the most elegant woman of ” a certain age” who looked so fabulous I turned to look at her again. She was a slender woman, wearing a long sleeved white shirt tucked in to the most beautiful long, pleated skirt in a sort of mustard and cream pattern. She had grey, almost white hair – shortish with a fabulous cut and had a beautiful face. She looked so elegant on such a hot day! I wonder who she was? She just “stood out” – everything was simple, elegant and chic!


And bravo!! I’ve bought two midi skirts this summer and am loving them! They’re great to dress down with sneakers when I want to wear something dressier than pants. Loving them! xoxox, Brenda


Me too, Brenda… and I am carrying right on wearing them this coming winter. Looking forward to September :)

Deborah Milne

I am always grateful for the mid calf length, as a woman who wasn’t blessed with the most attractive legs. All your wonderful choices are a timeless lady-like length. The Floral Appliqué skirt is one that I’ll be dreaming about tonight!! As always Vicki, I rely on you for keeping me on the fashion straight & narrow. xx

Maria Sorrell

Well said Vicki. The mini skirt looked great in my teens & 20’s & 30’s, but now I want a length that’s more elegant & flattering! As you said, I’ve seen many designers making the most beautiful pieces but such short lengths! Thank you trendsetters.


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