Hello friends! Before I wear out my welcome with my posts about skirts and dresses, I have one more for you. :)
Before I begin, can I just say one more time that I am not a legalistic Christian, and I am not condemning women who choose to wear trousers and jeans. Just lately, I've had some questions from women who are interested in wearing skirts more and want to know some of the practicalities. As a woman who LOVES skirts and dresses, I am more than happy to pass on any of my humble tips and ideas for making skirt-wearing a pleasure. :) I was going to do a video, but this way is easier, I think.
Off we go then....
Q: I would like to wear more skirts and dresses, but whenever I do, I feel overdressed and impractical, why is that?
A: I think what it is, is that nowadays we have come to see skirts and dresses as something we wear for special occasions only, like weddings, parties and formal engagements. If you have been used to wearing jeans and checked shirts, you will feel dressed up in a floaty skirt and blouse. You probably wouldn't think of doing your housework or gardening in a pair of dressy or silk trousers, so think of how you dress on a day-to-day basis and apply that to your choice of skirt. Try a flared, denim skirt with your usual checked shirts or t-shirts. If you choose a calf-length skirt with plenty flare, it won't feel restrictive and you won't trip up on it. Wear some cute pumps or boots, not dressy shoes or heels and it will feel more "normal" and everyday.
Q: How do I do things like walk upstairs with a skirt on?
A: If you keep your skirt length to between over-the-knee and calf length, you shouldn't have any problems with stairs. Full-length skirts are best kept for more formal occasions rather than for trying to do housework or gardening, but if you do prefer them, simply take hold of one side of your skirt and raise it up a little while you climb the stairs. You'll soon do it automatically without thinking about it. I find with calf-length skirts, I never need to lift my skirt on stairs.
Q: I start out with a skirt on, but end up changing back into my jeans because it feels impractical and a hinderance.
A: Think about the style of skirt you are trying to wear. Is it too long? Too short? Too tight? Whenever you buy jeans or trousers, you normally go for the same inside leg measurement each time, because you know which leg length is right for your body. You wouldn't buy jeans which are 6 inches too long for you, or half-mast. It's the same with skirts. Take some time to find out exactly what length of skirt feels and looks right on you and then stick to that length for everyday wear. For me, at 5ft 3", I prefer a skirt length of 31", so now I only buy skirts of that length, or shorten longer ones to 31". Try to wear skirts with plenty flare so you can walk easily in them too. Remember to choose practical fabrics like denim, cord and cotton so that they feel more substantial. Wearing a floaty skirt after being used to jeans can feel very weird.
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Q: I live in a cold/wet climate. How can I stay warm in skirts?
Surprisingly, you may find you are warmer in skirts than jeans. If you choose denim or corduroy skirts and wear them with thick cotton-rich tights underneath, or leggings, plus a slip or petticoat, the warm air is trapped under the skirt and keeps you warmer than just wearing a pair of jeans or trousers. Wear thick socks inside some long boots to complete the look and to feel extra-warm.
Q: I've often wondered about wearing skirts and doing outside work like gardening or even walking in the woods or over grasslands. What is the best height of the skirt - to keep the hem clean , not interfere with stride, and most importantly keep one's behind modestly covered when bending over to pull a weed or pick up a pinecone? There must be a right height to accomplish all these tasks in one's day. Do you know where it would be? I would wear skirts more if I knew this answer. Also I can't kneel to garden so I either sit or most likely bend over. So a skirt would have to accommodate sitting on a gardening stool and leaning forward over the knees to work the ground.
A: I would say the best skirt length is calf-length. It's possible to bend over and not show anything, and it's a good length for doing outside work in. The hemline will not touch the ground unless you squat down, but I have a solution for that too. If you need to squat down to the ground or sit on a gardening stool, take hold of your skirt on either side and wrap the excess fabric forwards. As you squat down, (or sit on a low stool) tuck the back of the skirt tightly under your legs and keep the rest of the fabric in your lap. You'll find that you are now able to work unhindered, as your skirt is tucked firmly in your lap. I hope that makes sense! For woodland walks, make sure the skirt has plenty of flare so you can go walking easily without it hindering your stride. The ideal skirt length depends on your height and leg length, so try pinning a long skirt at various lengths until you find the right length for you.
Q: I want to wear shoes that look right with a skirt but they need to be comfortable. I like sandals in summer, but what about during other seasons? Any ideas?
A: In Autumn and Winter, boots are your best friend! They always look good with a skirt, whatever the length. Sandals in summer look nice, but when the weather is still not quite summery enough, but too mild for boots, I would go for a nice pair of Mary-Janes, ballet pumps or low wedges. Take your time choosing the shoes and preferably wear your skirts to the shoe shop. I have thick ankles, so I have to be careful not to buy shoes that make me look frumpy. Take a trusted friend with you to help you choose. I have just discovered these shoes and they are neat, look fine with my ankles and most importantly are comfy...
(I bought the black version)
Here are some more suggestions for shoes which are not frumpy, but still comfortable....
So, the main points are...
- Choose skirt fabrics which are substantial for everyday wear.
- Choose the length as accurately as you would if buying jeans or trousers.
- Try to keep the same look as you are used to. If you wear jeans and checked shirts, wear jean skirts and checked shirts. A sudden change to a floaty skirt and blouse will feel odd.
I hope this has been of some help to someone out there! :) For more inspiration about wearing skirts, click here for a fabulous series on wearing feminine clothing in a practical way.
Happy Friday Friends! :) xxx
"May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you." ~ Jude 1:2