Are broomstick skirts goofy?

Jul 15th, 2004, 02:47 PM
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Jul 15th, 2004, 03:35 PM
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I do still ocassionally stick a broomstick in my suitcase if I'm not sure I'll need a skirt or not. They pack in no space and the more wrinkled the better. But - no - they are not still in fashion.

Besides the suggestions you have already, take a look at Sarah Arizona skirts. This is a designer that Nordstrom carries (don't know where else the line can be found but it would be easy to find out).

Sarah Arizona makes delicilous reversible, floaty skirts (and harder to find slip dresses) that are two totally different fabrics in the same color families and matching tops/sweaters. The sweaters are sort of Sigrid Olsen-looking to give you an idea. These are my favorite travel items because w/ one skirt, 3 or 4 coordinating tops/tees and a cardigan you can have 8 or 10 different outfits.
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Jul 15th, 2004, 04:00 PM
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......there's no skirting this issue so
I'm going out on a limb and begging you
not to be seen in a broomstick skirt.
Ever. For any reason. At all.

And while we're on the subject - don't
even THINK of those 'Greek' sandals -
the elastic, leather and rubber jobbies
so beloved of by women of a 'certain age'. They are often worn with the
aforementioned BS skirt. Horrors.

Those of us in that 'age bracket' must
be ever vigilant in case we find our-
selves in a goofy outfit by default.
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Jul 15th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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I was sad when they went out of style, they were so good for travel and I wore them with my Greek sandals, chain belt and sometimes with my squashblossom necklace, ah, the memories.

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Jul 15th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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Okay mine goes.

I think black and cream sounds fine for travelling.

Skirt - don't know where to get it - but I'd think some nice print would be good. Also suggest red accessories, like a red necklace and/or bracelet, scarf.

I have seen young thin girls downtown Manhattan in white skirts of that type, with a couple of layers of little T-shirts. But I'm going to toss mine, unworn for 10 years. Have a great time.
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Hi Bashful,

I recently purchased a long black skirt at a store called Coldwater Creek. Don't know if there's one in your area, but the fabric is great. They actually market it as "Travel Knit", and it's very soft and doesn't wrinkle. I also purchased a little black dress - I'm hoping to wear both frequently on my upcoming trip to Paris and Florence (leaving in 12 days- yahoo!)
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Jul 15th, 2004, 06:31 PM
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"Young" and "thin" are the qualifiers here... also "style" of the broomstick-type skirt.
Short, colourful full ones are in stock at Club Monaco and look great on girls with layered t's. There's a silk knee-length fullish one at Banana Republic.
But the long, droopy ones I think you mean? Don't do it!!
It's kind of like the jeans/sneakers question.
Age, body type and the style of the person wearing the clothing mean so much. Like how jeans,t-shirts and sneakers can look hip on one person - if wearing updated cuts and colours - but look sloppy and out-of-date on someone else.
I see the broomstick-style skirts in stores now and think they would be great for me for travelling.... then I remember that I'm not 21 and a size 2!!

BTW I LOVE skirts (knee length) for travelling - cooler than pants but dressier and appropriate for more places than shorts.
And black and cream is one of my favourite combinations - (I have a gorgeous silk camisole top that's ivory with black trimming).

Don't know what the Greek sandals are... could someone describe in more detail?
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A second vote for Sarah Arizona skirts. They come in several styles, longer and shorter, and lots of gorgeous patterns. The reversible feature is wonderful for traveling. But I am not a fan of her tops because almost all of them say "dry clean only." You shouldn't have any trouble matching up other tops with them.

Besides Nordstrom, many smaller shops carry the line.
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Marilyn: You mean to say, if I had made it to the SF get together we would have shown up in matchiing Sarah Arizona's?

And I agree about the sweaters - I usually have all sorts of (washable) tops/sweaters that match my skirts.

I think I'm up to 4 skirts and one dress (but I may have lost count)
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Jul 15th, 2004, 08:47 PM
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In a chic dress shop here in Pgh. the owners carry a line of clothing called Babette which includes updated skirts and tops that are reminiscent of the "broomstick" in that the fabric has inverted pleats. However, the skirts are tapered in at the bottom, and some have asymmetrical hems, etc. And they travel beautifully.
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Jul 15th, 2004, 08:51 PM
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In fashio or out - and they are out in the traditional style at least - the real problem with a broomstick skirt is that they are flattering only to those over 6' tall and not more than 120 lbs.
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I'd buy them if they didn't make them in such ugly patterns and now they are usually in rayon . Rayon is very hot in warm countries.I also can't find madras, seersuckr in good looking fashions.
I travel in Lacoste dresses and t-shirts with a few skirts that don't wrinkle like those net-like skirts and two pairs of cropped pants for travel.
Kavey, when I was a teen these skirts had an elastic waist and after you wasjhed them you wrapped them around the handle of a broom to dry to keep the pleats in, You're too young to have heard of them.
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Jul 16th, 2004, 01:53 AM
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Oh Mimi thank you! Now the name makes much more sense. They sound a lot like a style of skirt I used to buy from India when I went to visit relatives - sort of a wrinkly material and when I washed it I'd hold it length wise and then twist it into a long, well, a long twist for it to dry with enough wrinkles.
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My broomstick skirt (cotton) was purchased in 1994. I caused a stir when I walked into an awards breakfast wearing it (and I had great accessories); many women commented how nice it was. Wore it to work once but kept rolling the wheels of my chair over it. Alas! It's somewhere deep in my closet.

No black and cream? I must rebel!

Cigalechanta: have you checked Lands' End for seersucker? They usually have at least one thing for women; my husband has three of the men's seersucker shirts and one pair of pants -- very nice items.
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I think taking fashion advice from one who attends functions such as "awards breakfast(s)" is rather iffy. Especially as she has no qualms about looking like a liquorice allsort.

Seersucker is absolutely revolting. For men, I'd recommend Prada's uber-cool robot t-shirts and accessories. As well as their dry-feel cable knit inspired earthy toned wool sweaters. Prada-sport produces some trainers which aren't bad, well not for trainers. For equally trendy tops, and a little less money, try Siv Stodal who always has great printed detailing, however, the actual quality of the garment is not comparable. Neil Barret, the Italian child of British fashion is perhaps halfway between Brit/Italian designs - classic, Italianate lines, but with Paul Smith's (and other British designers') eye for subtle detailing.
For very classic minimalist lines, I'd advise Jil Sander - very high quality and will last more than one season, depending on the pieces you purchase. Raf Simons is a very funky designer from Belgium who always produces neat and coherent collections. If you have the right skintone and figure, Marni and Pucci are fabulous.

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M-Kingdom, You are mentioning labels that are very expensive for the average person. I doubbt they would spend $1000 for a dress by Jill sanders or Prada. Even the half price sale that is going on right now at my favorite shop is still out of range. I have a Prada Seersucker dress from back a few years. There are different qualities of materials.
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Jul 16th, 2004, 07:47 AM
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I have a feeling that m_kingdom2 knows darn well that those designers are way out of most people's price range.
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There's nothing wrong with giving high-priced alternatives in clothing choices, and having a different view than the mainstream, isn't that what a public forum is all about? I may not be able to afford any or all of the choices Mk2 lays out-but I like having someone who's looked over designer labels and is obviously more than passingly familiar with them give an opinion and some labels to look for in particular clothing lines-it's sort of like having your own personal fashion assistant, if you will. If you don't like it, then don't read the posts.
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spygirl, I enjoy her posts and I'm only expressing my opinion.So have a nice day.
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Jul 16th, 2004, 07:59 AM
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P.S. Anyone in the Boston area interested, Louis is having 60% sale on their collections, Marni, etc.
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