Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Slick Splits

No clever introductions today, Girls. Just a blog post sure to entice your Spring/Summer wardrobes! Let's get started :)

I am sure you have all seen this trend trickling down from NYFW:

Jason Wu Fall 2012

Naeem Khan Fall 2012

Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Rodarte Fall 2012

 Photo Credit: NBC - Thread NY

The Vintage lover in me adores this trend and it is indeed from the olden days. Originally, Split Skirts were created in the Victorian Era for Women to be remain feminine whilst taking more active roles in society. From bike/horseback riding, to gardening, the Split Skirt was the way for Women to still act like a Lady doing everyday things. (Read: What Are Culottes?) But that's just my problem - how am I supposed to wear this every day?

I was annoyed with this trend in the beginning because Split Skirts seemed like everything I wanted, but nothing I could have. I thought there is no way I could wear them unless I turned every day into a Gala (which I am not against). Until I realized that the Split Skirt is the new summer MAXI:

Cheap Monday Maxi Skirt With Front Split

An evolution of one of Summer's hottest and staple trends! Pretty cool, huh? Here's some tips to avoid looking like you're going to the Queens Ball in Split Maxi's:

  • For the office or corporate affairs, stick to Neutral & Dark tones. I know you want the world to see that split, but you are showing off enough leg that the lack of bright color won't matter. Stay demure and play up a fun blouse or bright statement jewelry.
  • For that EXTRA Vintage touch: belt it at the waist! (Remember The Natural Waist ?) It will make your legs look longer and depending on your belt style, it can give your outfit that extra causal flair.  
  • Your skirt is long so your shirt doesn't have to be. I know this is pretty typical advice for Maxi's, but think about this: There is a lot of extra fabric in this version of the Maxi to give you the flow as you walk, and the peek-a-boo for your legs. Wearing a long top, especially here, will make you look like your clothes are dragging. Try fitted or printed tops for balance.
  • Lastly if you WANT to dress up - DO IT! There isn't a soul stopping you, and you have your own personal endorser. ME! If I were to wear this on a night out, I would do a low cut top, sparkle accessories, and a bright lip. It's summer anyway ;)

"9am - 5pm" Skirts: 

Free People The Waist Sculptor Maxi Skirt in Sunkist Black Combo

Patterson J. Kincaid Skirt - Burnout Nixie Maxi

BB Dakota Sophie Long Skirt with Slit

Top Shop Front Split Maxi Skirt

"Gala" Skirts!: 

Sauce The Cosmic Zipper Maxi Skirt

Style Stalker The Minted Maxi Skirt in Mallard

Mink Pink The Man Vs. Wild Maxi Skirt

ASOS Sequin Side Split Maxi Dress

So what do you think? I love these skirts mostly because they don't limit anyone regardless of their shape and size - that's the kind of style this blog is for! Show off those Gams this summer!



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