I’m talking about down-to-the-floor long. Recently I’ve seen women wearing long skirts at the grocery store, at the mall, out and around. Not in a business setting, and not at college. And the look is sort of resort-y, i.e, the skirt is a bright color, it’s worn with a t-shirt, a colorful bag, etc.
I do live in South Texas, which is not the most fashion-forward place in the universe. Styles usually get here pretty late. Has everyone been wearing long skirts already for a while?
I’ve just gotten used to showing my knees. And I just moved and got rid of my long skirts from the 80’s. Don’t tell me I should have hung on to them.
*I think long long skirts look stoopid. Except maybe as a beach cover-up or at a prom. *
Yes, I think they’re making a comeback. Probably because they are so comfortable and almost universally flattering. I think it all started with the advent of the maxi dress a couple of summers ago. Personally, I like them, mostly because I like it when people are covered up.
Yes, they are considered one of the major trends for Spring 2013. My 5’4" ridiculously shortwaisted self will not be participating in this particular trend, but that’s O.K., one of my favorite things in the world, floral prints, are another big trend for spring, so I won’t even need to update my wardrobe to be in style.
Glad I kept mine around. I remember in the spring of 1998 when long skirts suddenly appeared on everybody. They hung around for several years afterward, but gradually faded. By the fall of 2009, it seemed everybody else in DC wore moderately short skirts (top of the knee). I went to a professional women event wearing a long skirt and posted my status that I have never felt so fashion-backward. Over this winter, quite apart from fashion trends, I’ve started reverting to ankle-length anyway, so this is just as well. Long skirts make it so easy to look good.
Long skirts are great. I occasionally wear something knee-length, but a girl’s legs can get kind of cold in an overly air-conditioned building. They also make me feel dressy and cool and important. Long skirts now, long skirts forever.
Long skirts came back in about four years ago in my rather rural part of the country, so they were presumably on the cutting edge even before that. I don’t follow fashion enough to know whether they’ve gone out and come back again in that time, but I’ve definitely been seeing long skirts/dresses in department stores and on undergrad girls (I work in academia) around here for several years.
I noticed the return of the maxi dress (by looking out my office window on a nice day and seeing several students pass by in long sundresses) in the spring of 2009, so that’s about a year into the “Great Recession”. I noted at the time that this fit in with the economy/hemline theory I’d heard about – IIRC it’s mentioned in one of Terry Pratchett’s novels.