Evolution Of The Skort

In the ’90s I had shorts, skirts and then there were my “skorts”. Masquerading as a skirt from the front, the rear view revealed its true form, two cropped pant legs that you had to step into separately. At the time I found it to be a girly (and therefore desirable) alternative to my other options for playtime. As the trend became more distant during the turn of the century I decided I never wanted to see this in-between look come back into style. Soon the ambiguous short and skirt combination was exclusively relegated to beaches and tennis courts.  But then came the airy “pantaloons”. Billowy, wide-leg shorts that looked like a skirt from the back and even front but again were shorts in their truest form. So it wasn’t a real skort, but it was close enough. Although the style didn’t click with me personally, it was nice to be able to wear a flouncy mini and not have to worry about a little wind or tightly crossing my legs. Now a new short skort is making it’s mark. It’s uber chic and convenient when you want something comfortable yet sexy for the heat. An origami style crossover creates skirt shaped like shorts (with a center “V”) which transform into real shorts in the back. The reinvented style looks great in crisp brights with an embellished blouse and a cross body purse. Get your hands on a pair now with my picks:

Topshop- $64

topshop skort

 

 

 

 

 

Express- $60

Express Skort

 

 

 

 

 

Aritzia- $50

Aritzia Skort

 

 

Spinning Into The Spotlight: Poufy Tulle Skirts

For the girl in me who never moved beyond ballet level one slippers, hoping to one day glide my feet into the ribbon lace-up point shoes of a professional ballerina, my dreams can still come true. This strenuous activity has brought style out to play with a specific origin of inspiration. You may remember how silk lingerie tops came back into style after 13 Going On 30 was released where Garner’s character debuts a nightie under a cute spring trench on her way to work at a women’s magazine. While in the movie the style is somewhat accidental, the trend reemerged in real life from the depths of the 1980s, alive again in the 2000s. It become an intentional staple under suits, or fully exposed as party tops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year the Oscar nominated movie, Black Swan, hit the big screen with rave reviews, especially praising Natalie Portman’s and Mila Kunis’ performances. I skipped the show after hearing about the graphic scenes which sounded less than tantalizing, but my praise would certainly have stemmed from the beautiful costumes. After movies grace us with visions of splendor, they also plant the seeds for trends. This brings me to announcing one of my favorite trends thus far of 2011, the tutu. Well by tutu, I really mean petticoat or tulle skirt, words that will land you many more valuable results on a google search than “tutu.” You probably do not want to go to a non-themed party in a tulle skirt with excessive volume, (hence a tutu) but with limited layers and decent length, this can make a stellar bottom. The elegance of dancers is right on point with the beauty of spring clothing for 2011. I was first wowed by this trend when I saw BCBG skirts on display at Lord and Taylor, but having been unsuccessful relocating them online, you may want to check department stores that carry the brand to see if they are still in stock.

These are my picks for the tutu/petticoat trend:

ModCloth.com- $60

American Apparel- $74

*Pictures from American Apparel and Betsey Johnson