Skirts and Pants, Redux

I wrote a post over at Ignitum Today on skirts and pants.

The other day I was in a coffee shop and a young lady came in, wearing a pretty dress. The heads of the patrons turned toward her, not in an ogling way, but simply because she was markedly different from the other ladies in the cafe. She looked quite lovely in her dress, in spite of the fact that her features were otherwise ordinary. So much so, that no less than two people complimented her on her dress.

3 thoughts on “Skirts and Pants, Redux”

  1. Growing up I didn’t learn much about how to find/buy/wear skirts and dresses. I find them intimidating. The only skirts girls wore around me were of the mini or micromini variety, and since I didn’t want that, pants were it!

    I read your post and then Katie’s post and I have to say I really appreciated the tone of both. So many pro-skirts arguments (at least the ones I’ve seen) have the feel of “do this or you aren’t a real woman.” But sometimes I think we forget that society is doing a generally lousy job of helping us to know what femininity (and masculinity) are. Many of us well-intentioned people have grown up being told that every difference between men and women – even the rather obvious physical ones – are just non-existent (ever been in a feminist theory class? :))

    Do you think Katie would be interested in writing a post for the ladies who’d like to wear skirts and dresses more often, but have no idea how to do it? I’d love to learn, and none of the fashion advice I’ve come across thus far has been satisfying (“show more cleavage or thigh” or “wear a burlap sack.”)

    1. Thanks for your great comment, Silica! I would love to write such a post about fashion. It sounds like you’d appreciate hearing the following–where to buy cute skirts/dresses, how to style skirts and dresses, what types of fashions are best for what body type?

      What else? I love this topic and look forward to your reply.

      1. Yes – any and all of the above! :)

        (Maternity and postpartum needs comes to mind as well…though I have a feeling skirts and dresses can be very forgiving in those phases of life in a way that pants just can’t be…)

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