If you wait long enough eventually everything comes around, so it’s a happy day now that long skirts are back on the fashion scene. You can hear the roar of cheers from gals over 40.
Not only are these skirts very practical, if you want to cover heavy, veiny, or not-so-perfect gams, but they are so darn pretty and feminine that they are flying off the racks.
Here’s a look at where designers are going with the new tea-length skirt.
Now that spring is finally in the air, romance and whimsy walk down the runway in the form of an old classic: the tea-length skirt. This throwback was seen by designers such as Christian Dior, Alice + Olivia, and Proenza Schouler.
The hemline of this skirt hits about mid-calf for an ultra-ladylike look. Think Grace Kelly circa 1954 in “Rear Window” in that classic black and white tea-length dress. Here are some tips for pulling this retro silhouette without looking like you’ve come straight from the 50s:
What to Wear With Long Skirt
When it comes to what to wear on top of a tea-length skirt, the options are endless. Just be sure that you choose something more fitted, in contrast with the skirt, so that you don’t end up looking swamped in fabric. Since the skirt is a dramatic piece in itself, select a top that doesn’t try to compete with it. A classic button-down shirt in white, or in an accent color, looks classy paired with a floral A-line tea skirt.
For a more casual vibe, opt for a cotton tank and a jean jacket.
Tea-length for the Vertically Challenged
This skirt is such a cute and comfortable option for spring, but can shorter girls take advantage of the trend without looking swallowed up in it? Where there’s a will, there’s a way! If you’re shorter, choose a skirt with a higher waist and accent with a belt (not wide). This will make it look as though you have longer legs.
The tea-length skirt is a versatile piece that can easily transition from day to night. Here’s an example of how to wear a pleated midi skirt. By day at the office, pair this pink and gray midi skirt with a classic, fitted white shirt, colorful cardigan, and wedges.
Going out for dinner? Glam it up with a silky camisole, leather jacket, clutch, and heels.
When shopping for your skirt, choose one that you’ll be able to pair with multiple outfits. A neutral skirt is one good way to do this. A patterned skirt can be very versatile too because you can wear it with any color pulled from the print.
Shoes to Wear With Long Skirts
Since a longer skirt covers so many legs, you will want to somehow lengthen your legs and feet as much as possible. A flat shoe can make you look stumpy, so choose a shoe with a bit of a heel. A wedge is a great option for a comfortable heel that’s easy to walk in, even at taller heights. A kitten or mid-height sandal is another warm-weather option that can be found in a variety of cute spring colors to add a playful pop to your outfit.
Need something more formal? Try a classic black pump with an A-line tea skirt for a timeless, classy look. The footwear to avoid when wearing a tea-length skirt: booties. Any shoe that sits higher up on your foot is going to shorten the look of your leg. Stick to an open shoe and don’t be afraid of a little toe cleavage for that extra length!
Try it Out!
The tea-length skirt may seem intimidating to style, but you can easily avoid looking too retro as long as you keep the rest of your outfit looking minimal and modern. Bold colors and accessories are a great way to keep it looking fresh. So embrace your romantic, feminine side this spring with this classic silhouette.
Stylist: Chantelle Collier