Possibly my favorite silhouette has always been a short full skirt – the full mini. It is as girlish as it is sophisticated if done right. If done wrong it can come off looking like schoolgirl theme night at Scores. Like with any skirt, too short is just too short but what I love about this silhouette is that you can get away with a little more bare leg than with a fitted mini skirt. The cute factor of the full skirt softens the ho factor of a mini skirt. Paired with a belted safari jacket or a leather motorcycle jacket edges it up a bit. Paired with a blazer you have limitless options – fitted blazer, boyfriend blazer, monotone match to the skirt…its almost fool-proof with a blazer. As long as the blazer hits you mid-hip you’re good. I’ve seen the extra long blazers with full minis pulled off flawlessly but it takes savvy. My current pairing preference is the cotton button down and pumps a la Aimee Song of Song of Style. Takes more balls than with a jacket and of course we don’t all have Aimee’s adorable petite figure but its doable none the less. If you’re a little bashful about the exact circumference of your waistline being on display try a tucked in button down and then a contrasting open larger button down over it almost like a blazer. If you want to appear leaner and longer stemmed, try a dark skirt matched with a matching top and amazing bright tights, with pumps.
Overall, in my humble opinion, no one does it better than Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. She has mastered the charm I am so attracted to about this look.
(From Top; Atlantic-Pacific, Antonio Barardi FW12; Milly Fall FW12; Carven FW12; Felder Felder FW12; Karla’s Closet; Rihanna; Song of Style; Atlantic-Pacific; Marc by Marc Jacobs @ Net a Porter; Polka Dot Skirt at Nasty Gal; Pixie Market; Boy Band of Outsiders @ Barneys; Topshop Inverted Pleat Skirt)