Just the simplest skirts I could find

I have such a tough time finding good skirts, and I don’t understand why. I like them classic, without too much going on, and that’s where I run into trouble: they’ve all got something tricky happening at the waist, or they poof out too much unflatteringly, or the hem is severely bi-level or some such business. Is anybody with me here? I’d give a lot for more in the way of this simple tomato-red A-line number from Tibi.

On the plus front, I found this denim pleated skirt, which seems quite sweet.

I love a silky slip skirt—dress it down with a simple white tee.

A touch of laciness here, but not too much.

Just a brilliant genius green, and a very pretty cut.

This pull-on skirt from Everlane just seems so appealingly easy.

This has a little asymmetry at the hem, so technically it’s a touch tricky, but I’m including it because it looks so wearable.

One of you sent me a tip that Oak—purveyors of all things black and downtown-y and 90s-ish—offers plus sizes, and that’s where I found this perfectly versatile number.

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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27 Thoughts on Just the simplest skirts I could find
    c.w.
    7 Jun 2017
    7:48am

    I don’t wear skirts, BUT I do think these are all very wearable, chic and worthy. The Vince one was my favorite and think your suggestion of wearing it with a white-t would be perfect for summer. Easy casual comfortable date look, yes?

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      Mary Alice
      7 Jun 2017
      12:07pm

      I can vouch for that Vince skirt. I’m not skinny and it’s so flattering, comfortable and easy.Ive worn it to a fancy wedding and a barbecue.

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    Stacey
    7 Jun 2017
    8:19am

    That green number is gorgeous!

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    Dana D
    7 Jun 2017
    8:41am

    I also love the Vince skirt and the beautiful green number, as well as the khaki wrap version.

    Now that you mention it, skirts are tricky…what a sort of funny clothing item!

    I have a closetful…but I’ll admit that mine are all either now-vintage pieces I purchased a life-time ago or eBay gems. A skirt is something for which I wouldn’t pay full price.

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    Heather
    7 Jun 2017
    8:42am

    I wear skirts frequently as it’s difficult for me to find dress pants that fit, and in the summer I find them cooler. These are all lovely — I especially love the Tibi one! Totally agree with Kim…. they’re all either so short they barely cover my bits, or have weird ruffles, or are sister-wife length.

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    Ljchicago
    7 Jun 2017
    9:50am

    I hardly ever wear pants, except jeans. Even in the winter, I am usually in skirts and dresses with tights. I find it so difficult to find pants that fit me the way I want. I have a lot of well fitting skirts from Boden that I have collected over the years.

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      Rachel
      7 Jun 2017
      3:28pm

      Ditto to the Boden comment, I’ve found their a-line cotton skirts to be an easy well-fitting staple.

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    Kimbersam
    7 Jun 2017
    9:54am

    Contrarian here. Nothing I like more than a batsh*t skirt and a simple top.

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      jhops
      7 Jun 2017
      12:56pm

      Ooh – there’s a fun idea for a post: things that could be considered batsh*t, and what to pair them with!

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    DeDe
    7 Jun 2017
    9:59am

    Man, I hate skirts. They don’t work for me at all. First, they have to be hemmable (or just shorter to begin with), which is a pretty tall order. Second, they have to not make me look frumpy, which is an even taller order these days – the full skirt trend is seriously terrible for me. If I had to pick one item of clothing that instantly lowered my self-esteem by 100 or more points just looking at it, it would be a full, gathered-at-the-waist skirt. That said, I do like looking at them and this is a very pleasing selection! (Also, Oak offers plus sizes?! That’s surprising to me, and completely, totally awesome.)

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    Mimi
    7 Jun 2017
    10:53am

    I’m with Kim. Asymmetric hems, handkerchief hems, any kind of weird hems send me running for the exit. But the green skirt is so gorgeous I might forgive it’s longer in back hem. Or I’d have it altered to be even all around, if possible. Here’s a good thing about skirts: if you’re someone who isn’t comfortable baring your upper arms and you sometimes feel that all the pretty dresses are sleeveless, skirts give you the option of choosing your own top, with whatever sleeves are most flattering for you. Brava!

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    joannawnyc
    7 Jun 2017
    11:04am

    I like maxi skirts in summer, and I have a short skirt I used to wear over leggings going to the gym (on the bus, because I lived in Brooklyn then, and didn’t think a lady should show her butt in public).

    I have a few other skirts that I like, and might someday, in theory, wear, but that remains theoretical for now … I guess I’m just not a skirt person any more, to the point where I just won’t buy them. Though I do enjoy looking at them.

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    Auj
    7 Jun 2017
    12:06pm

    Agreed that a classic a-line midlength skirt is perplexingly hard to find! Thanks for sharing the Tibi one.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Jun 2017
    12:19pm

    I love the simple black pull-on skirts…they’re easy, flattering and so simple to wear. But my favorite is the navy “silk” by Vince. I LOVE that skirt!!!

    Now, if I can just find a fuller black skirt that doesn’t make me look like “Mama Moose”!!!

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    Jen
    7 Jun 2017
    12:37pm

    I was literally just thinking the exact same thing! Thought I’d like a new skirt, went to every website I could think of and all you get are tiny minis and ruffles. I love a simple A-line, 50s-style skirt in either a bold color or vintage-style print. Boden used to be good for the latter but they have gone way downhill. COS sometimes has nice ones, and even Ann Taylor. But probably the best place to go is YOOX– proof that, once again, in our crazy age the Europeans continue to maintain an oasis of sanity.

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    Jenny
    7 Jun 2017
    12:46pm

    Recently bought a navy pleated skirt from Everlane and it is PERFECT. Just the right length, comfortable waistband and really really flattering.

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    suz
    7 Jun 2017
    2:57pm

    Agree with everyone here, and love these skirt choices! I had pretty much given up on skirt shopping retail – I either wear well preserved skirts that I never got rid of or their friends/same era vintage off ebay. There are no normal skirts in stores – it’s as if there was a good skirts rapture, and we are stuck with the bad leftovers….

    I don’t get the lack of choice for skirts – when I was younger I wore all skirt lengths, not just mini or maxi. I mean that is how I got my vintage skirts of decent wearable length after all.

    Who is designing womens wear these days? And for who.

    But thank you for this! Choice is a wonderful thing.

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    S.
    7 Jun 2017
    4:33pm

    This is a fall thing, not summer, but… Back when I was a tween — circa 1980 — my friend’s older sister and her friends, all to me so beautiful and so cool, used to wear these plaid wool A-line knee-length skirts that just seemed so spot-on. I still long for one. (And a pink satin jacket, but that’s another story.) Where did these skirts all go?

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      DeDe
      7 Jun 2017
      6:19pm

      OMG I had one of those! I was probably 10 or 11, and I’m not sure anymore where it came from because I only very rarely got new clothes (and even those were mostly beyond uncool), but I looooooooved it.

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      Nessa
      8 Jun 2017
      5:05am

      Me too, I love those skirts forever!

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    Caroline
    7 Jun 2017
    6:10pm

    Totally agree.
    I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist in terms of skirts. Too many ruffles and ruches around my backside make me feel like a big toddler..
    I adored my skirts in the nineties..
    I’d wear them still, but I need a slightly bigger size these days😂
    love these choices!

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    Karin
    7 Jun 2017
    8:02pm

    I have gone so far as to sew my own skirts to get that perfect midi-a-line like the first one, but it’s even hard to find decent fabric these days. I miss my 90s skirts!

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    Candy
    7 Jun 2017
    9:12pm

    “…it’s as if there was a good skirts rapture, and we are stuck with the bad leftovers…” Thank you Suz for the best line I’ve read this week. Really really made me laugh because it’s so true!

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    Suzanne
    8 Jun 2017
    12:13pm

    For two years now I’ve been looking for a flattering, age-appropriately hemmed, but cool denim skirt. I’m looking for that comfortable skirt I can throw on with tees in the summer, i.e. to replace denim cutoffs. Very hard to find!

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      KimFrance
      8 Jun 2017
      12:44pm

      I know, Suzanne, I’ve been trying to do a post on just the denim skirts you’re describing and am having a really tough time rounding up enough!

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        janet kelly
        10 Jun 2017
        1:54pm

        The only ones I’ve found that fit this description are too expensive for the purpose, but, yes, it would be great to find one or two that are priced realistically.

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