In an era of short skirts, who, then, will wear long ones?
Designers and retailers suspect the first women to embrace the newer long skirts, which are being shown side by side with short ones, tumble into four categories:
* The ones without gorgeous legs, who have been hiding in pants.
* The ones who think they are cutting-edge fashion plates.
* The ones who are long-skirt die-hards, despite the momentary trends.
* "People in my age group," said designer Norma Kamali, who is 46.
The trick in wearing a long skirt is to avoid a feeling of dowdiness when other women dart by in their snug little short skirts, flashing their legs. To make a long, straight skirt sexy and easy to move in, some designers put in slits.