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.

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12 thoughts on “Full Circle

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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].


  6. 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…."

  7. 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.

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