Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fashion Over Fifty: 'The Little Black Skirt'

Hello!  I'm back with my weekly 'Fashion Over Fifty' post.  Today's post is all about finding that perfect length in a dress or skirt when you are over fifty ( or just a bit more modest than the current fashion trend).  I don't know about you, but I'm finding that dress/skirt lengths today are either super long (as reflected in the maxi trend) or super short.  I'm way too modest and way too old to wear short skirts, so it's been hard for me to find a happy medium.  In the 80's and 90's,  skirt/dress lengths came down to the middle of the calf;   which is completely out of style now.  I want to reflect the trends, but I don't want to be immodest, so I found a happy medium by picking skirts that land just above the knee.  I found this cute black skirt at Target the other day and was just thrilled because I knew it would go with so many different shirts in my closet.  It's the perfect length for me and I love the flowiness and sheerness of the fabric.  My only beef about it is that I wish it had belt loops because I think a belt added in both outfits would have really looked so much better.  The skirt has pockets (another plus) which have little studs in them (another new fashion trend).  If you click on my Target link above, you can see the detail in the dress much better than in my photographs.

My husband and I attended a very informal, Saturday afternoon wedding last week and this is what I wore.  You've seen this shirt from Stitchfix in a previous post where I wore it hanging out with a pair of black capris (did you notice I lost my vacation weight gain from that post to this one?  Yeah!).  This time I tucked the blouse in, and accented it with gold jewelry.  I think I look kinda silly with my hand on my hip, but I wanted you to see the gold bangles on my wrist.  I've never been one that enjoyed having pictures taken of myself, so this whole 'Fashion Over Fifty' posting has been a bit challenging for me;  but I am learning gradually how to pose and get more comfortable in front of a camera, so please bear with me and try not to laugh too hard.

 Here is a close up of me so that you can see the jewelry and purse better.  I made the seashell necklace myself in a jewelry class at a local fabric and crafts store (You can get a closer look at the jewelry HERE and HERE).  And isn't that purse just the cutest?  I saw it on another fashion blog and had to have one for myself;  it's from Forever 21.  I really love it, because it's a way of bringing the trendy animal print into your wardrobe without feeling like your dressed in it.  The shoes are from last season, so I don't have a link.  They are a nude color with gold accents on the straps and a simple, short heel.
 The next day, I wore the same black skirt and shoes to church, but I changed my top to this beautiful cobalt blue cut out shirt from Express.   (This shirt is no longer available, but here are some similar options. ) I've had my eye on it for awhile, but I didn't buy it because I had so may new spring/summer clothes already in my closet, still with the tags on them, that I haven't worn yet.  But when the top went clearance down to $14.99 when it was originally in the fifty dollar price range, how could I turn it down?   The color is so gorgeous, and it has cut outs at the top of the arms which are hard to see in the picture.  I don't like the necklace I wore with this outfit.  I would have preferred a simple, long, gold pendant but I didn't have one in my collection, so this gold/burgundy chain was worn instead.
So what about you?  What length are you most comfortable wearing in a skirt or dress?  Do you follow the current fashion trends with skirt lengths, or do you still wear your dresses halfway down your calf?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day! Amy


  1. Gosh, you are such a cutie! I really like that skirt. I'm more comfortable when mine hit at the knee, but keep in mind that I'm talking fashion for the nearly 60, and still 35 lbs. to lose! Thanks for a great post!

  2. You look great in the black skirt and the wonderful tops. I wear my skirts knee length but I do have a few that are just a tad above!


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