The shape of things to come: 1950’s inspired skirts look fresh for Spring 2012

Flirty and feminine skirts look right this Spring!

Red skirt
£32 –

Marc Jacobs elastic waist skirt
€610 –

Pleated skirt

I first noticed them at Christian Dior. Then, at Cynthia Rowley. Even, Dolce and Gabbana! For Spring 2012, the runways were filled with 1950’s inspired, ladylike circle skirts. Floaty and romantic — often in ultra-feminine florals — these skirts are a welcome break from the ubiquitous pencil skirt of the last season(s).

Wearing a full skirt — whether A-line, softly draped, or a full-on circle skirt — can be tricky. A minimalist approach including a fitted blouse, vest or jacket is best to balance the excessive fabric of the skirt. Likewise, I play it safe and pair floral prints with solid tops. I know that mixing prints is hot (Mondo is my top choice on Project Runway All Stars, after all) but when I mix prints I don’t look chic, just like I got dressed in the dark.

Length is another concern with a full skirt. Too short and you look like a cheerleader, Catholic schoolgirl, or possibly a figure skater. Too long and you just look like Laura Ingalls. I suggest slightly longer than mid-thigh to several inches above the knee — perfect for those of us who’ve passed the 3-0 mark.

Above are some pieces for inspiration — but take note — you’ll be seeing a garden full of floral beauties in your local mall soon!

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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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