Join me in my annual search for a reasonably clean-lined skirt

vince skirt

I don’t know when exactly it got so hard to locate a simple, unadorned skirt, but I feel like it’s been quite some time and I am frankly growing quite frustrated with the search. Why must designers add so much unnecessary frippery—ruffles, hi-lo hems, tricky belting—to this most straightforward of garments? I did manage to find enough good ones to bring you this post,  but I had to look at so many bad ones in order to do so that I’m feeling a little dizzy. So please, enjoy this very pretty front-twisted number from Vince while I go drink a nice big glass of water.

bing skirt

A straightforward, nicely flowy silk number from Anine Bing.

micro skirt

I haven’t included a lot of prints here—I really do like my skirts nice and simple, maybe even borderline boring—but the floral here is so subtle I decided it cleared the bar.

theory skirt

This Theory skirt is almost too tricky, but I think if you wore it with a simple white tee, it’d be aces.

fisher skirt

The shirttail hem here is a nice casual touch.

whistles skirt

I am not mad for wrap skirts—I live in fear that a big gust of wind will expose me to the world as I walk down the street—but I’d make an exception for this one.

 

nic skirt

True A-line denim skirts are tough to find, and this one is a touch flowier than that, but I could see living out all of my summer days in this.

whistles skirt1

I always like a button-front skirt.

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And here’s another button-front, nicely priced.

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It drives me crazy how few denim skirts have grown-up hemlines, so when I find a good one—like this—I feel it is my duty to share.

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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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13 Thoughts on Join me in my annual search for a reasonably clean-lined skirt
    Deede
    25 May 2018
    9:03am

    Loveth the Theory skirt…I could walk the Spanish steps in Rome in that skirt with a simple tee..Ah…what fun to dream with the clothes selected…smile…

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    Mindy
    25 May 2018
    10:00am

    I’ve had that Nic and Zoe skirt for a few years and gotten a lot of mileage out of it. It’s so soft and flowy (but not so flowy that it flies up).

    I’ll take skirts/dresses over shorts in the summer any day. Something happened when I hit 40 and I started feeling uncomfortable in shorts, even though I see GOACA wearing them and think they look just fine.

    For fun, comfortable print skirts, I love the Sojourn skirt from Effie’s Heart.

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    Julie Tynion
    25 May 2018
    10:50am

    I bought this last year in black and in olive green (this year they have it in black and in white):
    https://www.threedots.com/woven-linen-skirt-6348.html

    I LIVED in it all summer. It’s great with almost any top, and is perfect for summer travel.
    xo

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      Mindy
      25 May 2018
      3:03pm

      These are right up my alley. Are they lined or do you need a half slip? THanks!

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    Kathi
    25 May 2018
    1:04pm

    I would eat, sleep and drink in that twist front Vince skirt!! It is divine, divine, divine.

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      Hick from Styx
      25 May 2018
      5:16pm

      It reminds me of a South Pacific pareo. And who wouldn’t want that?

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      Joan maloney
      25 May 2018
      11:10pm

      The Vince in popey is so so so beautiful-

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    LG
    25 May 2018
    7:35pm

    I sew some of my clothes and highly recommend that as a way to make things as clean-lined as you like! It’s only fun if you enjoy the sewing, of course, but I do see lots of ladies in my classes making stuff in their own styles more easily than they can find them at a shop. These are nice choices, though–I like that slightly swishy but still calm-feeling denim.

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    Ellie
    26 May 2018
    11:17pm

    Oh, my kingdom for a knee-length, a-line denim skirt without a fly. And maybe with an inverted box pleat…

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    Rebecca
    28 May 2018
    11:26am

    Yes! I long for a simple, machine washable A-line black knee-length skirt for summer: I have had some in the past, and I wore them to death…

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    Sarah
    28 May 2018
    6:49pm

    I have a request along these lines! I am interested in some breezy pants–palazzo style, linen, NOT denim, for really hot NYC and Chicago weather. Would you ever consider doing a round up of these?

    Thank you!

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    Nicole
    28 May 2018
    7:17pm

    I have been searching for the same item! I love this round up.

    I bought the long poplin skirt from LOFT (a place I typically refuse to spend money for a myriad of reasons). I tried to attach a link but my comment was deleted. It’s on sale for like $40 though!

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