Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Full Circle


Truth be told, a great deal of the clothes in my closet could be from the boys' department.  Dungarees, oxfords and loafers.  I still wear a watch, want a watch, need a watch and am pretty sure the only one that will ever grace my wrist will be a man's.  When I dress up, mostly my selection is lean.  Sheath.  Pencil skirt.  Heels.  I like the exclamation.

But I love a full skirt.  I love the sway of it, the swing of it, the breeze of it.  When you walk in a full skirt you can't help but shift your hips a little.  The same motion, form fitting, would shout "tart," but here, encircled in yards of fabric, the movement just whispers "flirt."

When you walk in a full skirt with a long stride, its folds can catch between your legs, wrap around your wrist.  You feel the hem brushing the front of your shin, the back of your calf.  When you stop, it still  moves.  A slight swirl before it rests.  And in all that girlish vulnerability there is just a hint of easy accessibility.

Image of Jil Sander Spring Ready-to-Wear via Vogue.com.

12 comments:

friendandfaux said...

Oh, to wear a full skirt again.....alas I would probably be tripped up. But you make it sound so romantically wonderful! Thanks for the memories

pve design said...

I think a girl can love her man (pencil skirt) but still need her gal pals (circle skirt) - there is something so fresh, feminine and flirty about a circle of gals.
hope you are well, swoosh, sashay, saunter on now.
pve

Anonymous said...

I wear a skirt or dress, sans hose, every day from May through first half of September. Cool weather necessitates far too many layers, for my taste. Chilly air brings out the opaque hose. They make a lovely silhouette, but it's not the same.

mary said...

Hi Patricia, I've missed your super posts. How is the house coming along? After the chinoiserie walls, I can only imagine what is next up. Mary

Karena said...

Patricia, I love skirts of all kinds, and adore your sense of style. Perfect!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

LPC said...

I'm with you. And Raf Simons knocked that Jil Sander collection right out of the park.

Karen said...

I relate. How fun to see that there are more women with my same ideas about fashion.

Thank you,
Karen

Anonymous said...

I noticed this about you a while back because I thought you might be wearing a circle skirt in your profile pic, how else would you be able to manage that graceful position [unless you impishly pulled a project-du-jour drop cloth onto your lap for the photo shoot].

-Flo

Dalai Lina said...

I always thought full skirts made me look gigantic. Like, what is that girl hiding under there???

Toad said...

While reading this, David Bowie's Queen Bitch was playing in the background."She so swishy in her satin and tat,and her frock coat and bibbity bobbity hat...."

Sweetbriar said...

Do I see Betty Draper all over that collection? Love love love. Love.

ColorMeSoftly said...

Sigh! I miss the pencil skirt - those were the days. Actually I was recently reading an interesting article on the way fashion trends have changed in color A2Z mag.