From Christian Dior’s pencil skirts in 1954 to Oscar de la Renta’s maxi dresses in 1968, below the knee skirts have grown to satisfy the working woman with an edge. Today, long skirts have different fabrics, textures, cuts, silhouettes, and details to suit the modern day woman’s needs.
Browse through the powerful looks that these celebrities and influencers have put together.
The modern mermaid tail
Liz Uy’s mermaid ensemble was a clever twist to bring to New York Fashion Week. Her gold shell necklace and gold rope tie the sea creature on land appearance that she has certainly achieved. Liz’s intriguing outfit focuses on the crocodile skin skirt which from far away looks like scales. Liz subconsciously makes you pay attention to enticing details which always makes an outfit more appealing than its aesthetics.
With an extravagant top and skirt like this, keep it simple with your shoes, bag, and accessories. Black, gray, and white go with anything, so take advantage of that!
Lace, silk, and prints
Kelsey Merritt’s street style has been heavily influenced by her work as a model for Victoria’s Secret. Her #OOTN is comprised of lingerie and it looks phenomenal! Taking inspo from the '90s slip dress, her silky cheetah print skirt coincides with her lingerie bodycon. Considering the length of the skirt and her opaque bodycon, her ensemble looks sensual yet it’s still on the conservative side. Wearing lingerie out on the streets is a little risqué but if done right, it can look classy.
Wearing lingerie out is like flirting, you want to show off a little bit, but don’t give a way too much! There’s a fine line between making lingerie look sensually casual versus wearing lingerie out and actually looking bare. When in doubt, bring a cover up like Kelsey’s faux fur black jacket that brings on an Upper East sider appeal.
Denim goes with everything
Heart Evangelista is the queen of long skirts and high heels. Every “short” girl should know her trick by now as majority of her posts include nude stilettos which make anyone’s legs look longer than usual. Long skirts and high heels elongate your body shape so you could look instantly get taller without the surgery!
Spotted getting off the plane, Heart travels in a navy blue denim blouse that compliments the earthy tones of her flowy long skirt which has a beautiful stained glass inspired design. Denim truly matches anything and everything!
KC Del Rosario’s all-black ensemble with geometric cuts and leather hints makes her look like she’s part of a utopian society. When in black or leather, bring out your holographic shoes to make a bigger statement. In this case, KC’s chose a pair of holographic sneakers to remain comfortable.
Think of leather as the first cousin of holographic items, they go well together, but too much of either and it’s a little too distracting! Stick to one holographic apparel to avoid blinding your peers.
Earthy resort wear
Nicole Andersson proves she's relatable by sneaking into a dock for an Instagram photo. If you’re going to get in trouble for sneaking around, might as well do it in style! Nicole sports a darker theme of resort wear but doesn’t go for the obvious black. Brown and navy blue are substitutes for girls who dislike light colors, even on vacation. Instead of beige, white, and ocean blues, you can stick to a darker attitude but keep the color scheme within same shades.
Stick to the basics
A black T-shirt is just as versatile as a white one. Sarah Lahbati stays classy but not too dressy as she combines a basic black T-shirt with a dainty floral skirt, a feather bag, and some classic feminine Chanel shoes that have been in every influencer's Instagram photos. This look is quintessential for high tea at the Manila Peninsula with your girlfriends.
The French girl in spring
Janeska Margaux embodies the trending French girl style that has gone viral globally. We can’t get enough of the femme fatale attitude that girls everywhere have learned to hone. It’s the new movement of girl power that revolves around a mysterious woman who is built on literature and art.
Her shredded denim skirt and black conductor hat balances her ultra-feminine off white top and girly slip-on sandals. Long denim skirts are back and better than ever with the French influence that is here to stay.
A supportive OOTD
Look closely and you’ll see the text on Ira Denise Oyco’s tank top which says “her” in crimson red letters that match her crimson red bag. Whether she meant more with this look or not, “her” is actually a movement comprised of women who support women in the business industry. Keeping things extremely casual brings more attention to the message.
The festival girl meets business
Walk around and you’ll see people incorporating festival outfits in their casual style as Coachella weekend just ended and trends are about to blossom. Ira mixes a crochet white top along with a long tan skirt and black lace up heels. When wearing a long skirt with a festival look, a warm toned skirt is the way to go to avoid looking too business like.
A good tip is to always match the color of your shoes with your bag so your #OOTD always makes sense.
Get inspiration from a Tommy girl
Camille Co’s Tommy x Lewis ensemble is the new look for the younger generation employed in the fashion industry. Not to say this is the uniform because clearly fashion is based on expression of individuality, but the business casual look with a twist has been the new craze and we can see why. It’s cool, it’s retro, but it’s also new.
White boots throw us back to '60s go-go dancers which makes any look a little bit more fun and appealing to look at. The colorful Tommy font on her T-shirt resembles the '80s Footloose title, which gives a fun edge to her look. '90s hairpins have been resurrected from our childhood to come along with us to work and it’s revitalizing.
Recreate the look by wearing a striped light blue polo under a loose white graphic T-shirt along with a floor length blue skirt and white boots which you can easily find in fast fashion stores.