Among one of the great questions of life is should one ever wear a skirt over pants? I have been deliberately eschewing this Spring fashion trend of wearing skirts over pants, but let’s focus a minute on this layering technique.
I can distinctly remember the look of tiny bondage skirts over tight black pants worn in the 90’s, better known as S.O.P, which always looked a bit trashy. The combination of ball gowns worn over pants seen on the red carpets of late, can only be rocked by Emma Watson and none other. So where does that leave us mere mortals?
It is an unwritten rule that petite women should never wear skirts over pants because a. vertically challenged in the calf and thigh department, mine measure at a mean 31 inches, don’t warrant all that attention and b. working out on the elliptical machine and doing multiple FlyBarre classes may help firm up those calves and thighs, but who wants to draw attention to a body part that isn’t our best feature. For the record, Naomi Campbell’s lengthy pins clock in at or around 37 inches long, certainly making for better eye candy.
As the trend filtered from runway to red carpet and filtered to the streets of New York and Paris, I had a A HA! moment. Trying something way out of my comfort zone means experimenting with the stuff that I was otherwise afraid to try. I put on this long high low sheer top over wide leg pants and when paired with a simple white jacket it imitates the entire look. Breezy, with an additional lift in the back, this is how you will find me wearing the S.O.P. Tricky, tricky, tricky.
You will either love it or hate it, that’s the wide-spread truth of fashion polarization. For me, the jury is still out on the S.O.P. Frankly, just another way to ignore the fact that I can’t stand to put on another pair of skinny jeans right now.
Where do you stand on this? I’m teetering on heels on those cobblestone streets in the Meat Packing District.
photos: Lydia Hudgens
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