The Tyranny of the Hemline

18.10.10




Mini-midi-maxi, which is the fairest of them all? In the 70s, the popularity of the mini skirt was challenged by the midi and maxi lengths. Perhaps, it was a result of the economic instability of the times. Or better yet, more women realized that there wasn't necessraily anything liberating about risking over-exposure just because you go to pick up your dropped pencil. Whatever the case may be, I'm glad there was a revival. I'm glad the midi and maxi were eventually embraced by women all over (methinks Faye Dunaway- Bonnie & Clyde anyone?- deserves some thanks). 

As much as I fancy a good mini, I find a longer hemline rather flattering and of course, more practical for Fall. It is also refreshing to catch a break from excessive leg exposure brought about by denim cut-offs and barely there rompers (summer 2010, I salute you!). I love this pleated bat-print number I found a couple of weeks ago. I was so pleased with it, I crossed by fingers in hopes that it would fit, and didn't bother to try it on. If the intention was to have me go the entire day without a meal, then yes, I would say it was made with me in mind. Paired with a fitted turtleneck for an overall polished look. I would definitely wear this again (on days when I decide I'm not a fan of breathing) with a loose fitting tee, or a cropped top for a more laidback look. What do you reckon?

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. For someone who says she's not really a "concert person" (whatever that means), I managed to squeeze two in this weekend- the Drums and Gorillaz feat. N.E.R.D. If they're coming by a city near you, I would most definitely recommend both. Utterly brilliant!

Happy Monday!

Bisous,
Abi

62 Contributions:

wobblinbetty said...

hello beautiful!! this pleated skirt is pretty amazing and you look very pretty with it...love your shoes also... :) xxx

Nicola said...

Your skirt is lovely:) x

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Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Love your skirt. I totally agree about variable skirt lengths - it helps to mix things up and gives us alternatives. I am especially thinking this after sporting a mini today. Here's to options.

MarchMusings said...

I'm with you on the longer length debate. As much as I like shorter lengths, longer ones are more practical and safer all round!!

Jenni said...

I'm not a big fan of maxis, but I'm glad to see some longer lengths coming back. Short shorts and minis only look good on about 1% of the population, and I'm afraid I'm not in that 1%!

Alexandra said...

Awesome look, I love the length of this maxi, it's very unique. You look lovely!

Alexandra xo

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

That skirt is ridiculously adorable. I love it! And it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. That's great. :)

♥ StylisHedForeVer said...

lovely skirt hun :)

sayablack said...

Lovely skirt!!
The skirt suit you well<3

XX

J.S. said...

cute skirt!!!

jen
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Monique said...

The high waist is sweet!

Elena Vasilieva said...

i just adore that print, totally cool and gorge

vasilieva
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x

Karen said...

I've been flirting with the idea of a midi length skirt for a while now but I'm not sure I could pull it off as well as you do! What a lovely ensemble!

mica said...

haha i like it when u say u'd definitely wear the skirt again when u decide u're not a fan of breathing... cute! love the really vintage look; the turtle-neck top matches the skirt well! ive also forsaken mini-length skirts for maxi ones! they're gorgeous arent they? i reckon i'll be wearing heaps of maxi dresses over the span of this spring&summer =)


love, mica
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mica said...

oh and by the way, i love ur 3rd snapshot =)

love, mica

My Own Strange Little World said...

Abi, you look absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats for such a classy outfit!!

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FashionJazz said...

Love your pics and the way you styled your skirt hun! Hope you had a fab wknd! Mwah xx

Alice said...

Oh I'm so in love with your Outfit!
What a beautiful skirt. xx, Alice :)

Shanna Maren said...

Beautiful outfit. And it suits you perfectly. I'm sorry to hear that the skirt is so tight, though. It must be really small then.

xx

antonia said...

great skirt
and love your little bag!!!

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Miss Woody said...

I'm coming back!
great blog as always!

Natasha said...

Great skirt Abi! Looks fabulous on you xxx

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...Iww... said...

I'm starting to love long skirts but I don't have any ;p you look great :D

Charles said...

you lucky concert-goer! that's awesome. I love your outfit, it's so elegant and classy. That skirt is beautiful on you! xx

Agitarsi said...

Amazing skirt!

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claarax. said...

thanks for your comment!
you look stunning! :)

ilsteviewonder said...

you are wearing it very well! love the colors and your shoes! the print of your skirt is so pretty :D

Wall of Fashion said...

Thank you! I'm getting used to short hair now and I like it! I also like your outfit! The lenght of the skirt is beautiful en the top fits perfectly with it!

xx Marije

Wall of Fashion said...

P.S. I totally love your style so I follow you now! Do you by any chance want to follow me back?

xx Marije

Miss*Kimmy said...

YOu're so gorgeous, hun! I love that third pose, your body is so elegant and slender, just like a gezelle =)

TheMadTwins said...

long skirts suites you soo well! It's amazing ^__^ it doesn't suite me XD but I think it's very beautiful! I also love the print on the skirt very much :)

xxx

Hannie said...

Wonderful skirt!
xoxo from Hannie

Anaivilo said...

Oh I love that print! And color! Looks so gorgeous on you! :D

Just a little girl. said...

This look very 70's and i love it :) Thank for your comment.You must listen to Beirut and Grizzly Bear :)

Fashion Nicotine said...

Great skirt!

Grace said...

You are totally rocking those pants!

Love Grace.

rebecca said...

the print on your skirt is beautiful! and i love the picture you linked to of the skirts gradually getting longer (:

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Abi said...

@Emma:Hahhaa! cheers!

@Jenni: Hahha! I think you are part of that 1% ;)

@Karen: pfffttt....of course you can!

@mica: wooohooo! Here's to maxi skirts and various choices *clink imaginary wine glass*

@Shanna: smaller than I anticipated. Yes. But nothing a good inhale cannot fix. Hhaha

@Miss Woody: you disappeared for a while there! Great to have you back missy!

@Wall of Fashion: Thanks for following! And of course, I'll definitely stop by you again soon to follow back! the short hair suits you nicely!

@Miss Kimmy: Thank you! I'm slowly mastering the art of contorting in all the right places.

@Just a little girl: I know right! I'll be on it soon

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Hehe! I love it when you see a vintage dress just one inch too small, and immediately plot ways to lose one inch from your waistline, solely for the sake of the dress! I would have had to buy this too, with that amazing print. Good luck with the non-breathing!

Ginta said...

I recommend wear it with cardigan, so, you can leave a button open ;) :))
I'm so jealous about Gorillaz!!!!

Ashley said...

Oh my God, this is beautiful! Best outfit I've seen all month. Awesome, I'm jealous.

Francesca C said...

very nice skirt :)

Marinka said...

I love your skirt a lot^^ the print is so nice

Red Umbrella Chronicles said...

Very unique and just a little bold too. Love it!

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bravegrrl said...

i love this length!!! it is perfect! and so feminine!

simplychic said...

love that print!

style-haus said...

this pleated skirt is divine. love the pattern and agree...sometimes a longer hemline is simply more practical without compromising on the sophistication!

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Erica said...

Looks really nice with those shoes!

Shirley said...

love your skirt!
and those shoes are awesome!


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Abi said...

@Emily: Hahah! I know right?! Since I'm rubbish at deconstructing and re-sewing, not breathing is the next best thing!

@Ginta: Thanks for the suggestion! I could just leave the first button loose and hopefully it doesn't fall off

The Stylish Nomad said...

Great look! Love the longer hemline, its always so feminine & beautiful!

xx
K

sian said...

this skirt is gorge!!! i know its all about this hemline at the moment but i totally cant pull it off </3 you look fab xx
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verychiclist said...

The skirt is beautiful, You could wear it with a blouse, very nice outfit :)

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Princess Feef said...

love this <3 so chic

irina said...

thanks for sweet comments! just adore your skirt, love the lengths of it and top's color is a perfect match!

Rebecca from See You in Sweden said...

Just a gorgeous silhouette on you and the print of that skirt is so sweet!

Robbie said...

You look amazing in these photos, the skirt is incredibly flattering and a gorgeous print - it totally nips you in at the waist! The concerts sound fab.
xxx

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Jessica said...

Great outfit, you look amazing! i love the print & colors :)

Abi said...

@Sian: Why do I think you can?! You might be pleasantly surprised ;)

@Robbie: The concerts were fab! Completely changed my perception

broke in the OC said...

love the combination here! you are a wizard with prints and eye-popping color!

Abi said...

Thanks hun!

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