Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fun or Frumpy?

I've noticed a new trend: over-the-knee pencil skirts, or midi pencil skirts. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about them, especially considering I just sold a 90s wool version to the consignment store.
Should I have kept it?
Does this conservative look say cute & vintage, or dated & age-ing?
What do you think?
Fun or Frumpy?

11 comments:

Krista said...

I think if you can rock a pencil skirt, then it's cute! and fun. Although I'm wearing slippers as shoes today, so I'm not sure how much weight you should give this girl's vote. Hah!

Rubi Ruiz said...

Eh, I'm not a fan of pencil skirts that are way below the knee, especially since I'm not very tall. The over-the-knee look, whether its a pencil skirt or a dress, looks kind of awkward on me. At least I think it does. These ladies in the photos are rockin' it though so I wouldn't rule it out completely!

Maddy said...

All of the pencil skirts I've ever owned fall below the knee...maybe I'm frumpy ;) Oddly enough, from what I (little) I've studied of vintage fashion - the "midi" was hot in the 40's and then replaced with the "mini" skirt (because expressing yourself obviously means -show more skin!!). While both fashions are interesting, the historical ideals behind the "midi" appeal to me much more.

Natalie said...

Absolutely! And they always say that when the economy is bad, hemlines fall again. It's definitely a 1940s look, one that I love but I think it's tough to pull off the proportion sometimes, being that it can hit at the widest part of the lower leg...not always flattering. Also from the ones I've had in the past, they are a bit tough to walk in because they are a bit tight below the knee!

Christen Dobbs said...

Pencil skirts can be cute...but you have to have the right shape for it! It can definitely look really nice though. I could never pull it off, but some can!

Christen
an unordinary hello

ThistleAshD said...

I think they are super cute, but you definitely have to have a long lean look to be able to pull it off!

Simply Alexandra said...

I think I would say that I would choose a fun color, pattern or texture. That way it comes off fun and fresh even at a longer length.. or if it is a neutral really play up the youthfulness with the rest of your outfit. I think a pattern, lace or fun color could be kind of nice. Great for girls who aren't the hugest fan of their knees I suppose! :) -Alexandra www.simplyalexandramyfavoritethings.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

Ooo, such great styling ideas, Alexandra! Thanks for chiming in :-)

Maddy said...

I wonder what life was like when women did not choose styles based on comfort or could not choose hemline length based on one's body type ;)

Katie @ A Place to Dwell said...

Since I'm short, all of my pencil skirts fall below the knee. I've learned to embrace it! ;)

Tiff Ima said...

Depends on your body type....short and muscular, like me doesn't work so well. Above the knee is definitely better for me but some ladies look great in these!

Tiff Ima
http://stylehonestly.blogspot.com

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