Long and short of skirts

November 05, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Perhaps you like to be in step with a new fashion but have been defeated by the long skirt.

Your reaction may not be as dramatic as that of a fashion editor who arrived at a recent Paris fashion show wearing old velvet leggings and a grin that stretched from ear to ear.

"At last, I'm free!" she exclaimed, kicking her legs in the air. "I thought of taking off that long, tight skirt in the middle of the Place Vendome and burning it as a symbolic gesture."

Dealing with its snug fit and accouterments -- especially clunky shoes -- has caused many stylish women to drop the whole thing.

Pants are an obvious answer. The newest ones, however, are bell-bottoms, which you need to experiment with to avoid looking like a leftover '70s teeny-bopper. The best solution is to stick with a longer skirt that ends just below the knee and is tapered on the sides. Curiously, this length, which once seemed the epitome of dowdiness, now looks chic.

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