I lead a double life.
My grounded suburban self — kids, grandkids, malls and all — saves me from making the sort of mistakes that my fashion-editor self might easily commit if I allowed myself to fall for every new trend that trots down a runway.
Take this year’s hemline hash, for example: Mid-calf skirts and below-the-knee lengths are the next big thing? Not for me, honey!
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Fortunately, today’s retailers are taking no chances; they offer a range of skirt lengths regardless of the reigning vogue. Here’s how to keep your leggy look at any length.
Crash went that theory, however, when “fast fashion,” street style and jeans seized control, and 50-something fashionistas started breaking all the rules.
But you know what? As millennials love to mumble, “It’s all good!” You can pretend the above conditions don’t exist. You can use a self-tanner or wear opaque tights. You can wear any skirt length you like! Your age-derived common sense should fill you with confidence.
Find your “forever” hemline. This has nothing to do with your shape or size and everything to do with your attitude and style. If you like showing your contours in pencil skirts and tailored sheaths, a hem length that is just above the knee works for all. Remember that you’ll be showing more thigh whenever you sit down, cross your legs or climb stairs. But just as there are “longhair lifers” among us, there are short-skirt lovers, too, and they — OK, I — say you can go an inch or two higher if you choose A-lines, wraps, pleats or fluted flares.
Any long, trendy skirt — and these range from wide and full to narrow and body-hugging, from below the knees to mid-calf — gets its fashion edge from shoes. Choose a chunky or slim-heeled bootie … a gutsy, strappy sandal … a peep-toe shootie — anything, basically, so long as it’s not a flat or a classic pump.
A caution: Men don’t exactly love this length, so if you’re dating, just say no (to the long skirt).
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Buy black skirts to get your longer-hemline fix.
For a modern twist, pair the long black skirt of your choosing with a loose, slouchy top. Once the fashion passion ends, you can simply take the top to a tailor for a nip at the bottom; it will still make a stylish standby.
For more fashion tips, watch for the upcoming launch of Beauty & Style, AARP’s new digital magazine.
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