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Initial post: Apr 16, 2012 4:59:11 PM PDT
C. Gramze says:
So, due to weight I have lost, my jeans no longer fit. They aren't just a little bit big, I can slide them right off without unfastening them. So, rather than replacing my beloved jeans with more jeans in smaller size, I have been replacing them with skirts. My husband enthusiastically agrees. Which brings me to the point of this post; boy, howdy, is it ever hard to find decent skirts that are below knee length!

My 2 favorite skirts are denim, 33 inches long, but not jeans style. They are gored 8 panel skirts so they lie smoothly and give plenty of room for movement. I've even done my gardening while in one of these skirts! They look nice with a knit top - like a t-shirt, but long sleeved and with a jewel neckline rather than crew neck. In this not-dressy, flannel shirt and Carharrt community where I live, they strike the right note. I think I actually got an approving glance from the Amish men we passed downtown today, what with my long skirt - just a few inches above my ankle - and black tights, plain shoes without a heel, long sleeves and high neckline. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 8:24:37 PM PDT
Emma says:
I love skirts too, and that is a good thing since now I wear them all the time. When I was first becoming religious I wore denim skirts every day. In college I didn't feel like I was sticking out, everyone wore jeans and I had a jean skirt. Later, I began to get skirts in every color imaginable. I'm a big fan of the A-line skirt, and I had tons of them, mostly in cotton or linen. Slowly, the colors started becoming more and more black. Once I got married and moved to a much more religious place, I got skirts there, and they were much more formal than what I had been used to. They are made more of wool and frequently have pleats. People dress much more "fancy" here than what I was used to before, so my Shabbos skirts and my weekday skirts have almost blended together. I do keep 2 dark wash denim skirts for when we go on trips. I think you can really do almost anything in a skirt - in high school I even went skiing in a skirt. That may have had a happier ending if I actually knew how to ski, but I've also hiked, rollerbladed, bicycled, gardened, ice-skated, and done tons of other active stuff all while wearing a skirt. Before I was married, most people thought I was Pentacostal or Amish because of the skirts, and I've always gotten a lot of compliments. As a nurse I had scrub skirts and dresses and people loved them too!

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 8:45:22 PM PDT
C. Gramze says:
Ah, scrub skirts/uniform dresses. I used to wear those, too, as did only 1 other nurse I ever worked with. She and I used to laugh about how much more comfortable it was in a skirt - no worrying about see-through white pants, nor back seams ripping if you bent over too far! I think the biggest reason more women don't like to wear skirts is the association with hose and heels. Wearing tights instead of sheer hose somehow makes the skirt less "dressy" so you feel okay wearing it with your ballet flats or penny loafers or, my favorite, low-heeled mary janes. Then it's fine for everyday wear, and feels comfortable instead of dressed up. TV Moms may vacuum in heels and pearls, but I don't know any real woman who does.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 9:08:00 PM PDT
Emma says:
I'm pretty sure those white pants were created by some sort of evil mastermind to make people look horrible. I hear you about the pantyhose. In the south when I was growing up there was a huge backlash against pantyhose, and everyone refused to wear them. Everyone went sockless, actually, much to my mother's dismay. In college it was all flip-flops, all the time. I think most of my friends didn't own any real shoes, just flip-flops in every color. I like black tights (which is fortunate) and I wear very comfortable shoes that are sort of a ballet flat look but comfortable like a sneaker. I do way too much running around to be in uncomfortable shoes!

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 3:00:41 PM PDT
C. Gramze says:
I am singularly lucky in that I have never been one to wear fashionable shoes. So I enter old age with pretty good feet. No bunions, no plantar fasciitis or heel spurs since I've lost weight. I am blessed with the high arch, high instep foot that my podiatrist tells me is fallen arches waiting to inevitably happen. I am glad to hear somebody else is taking good care of their feet!

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 2:08:26 PM PDT
Arielski says:
I love skirts! They are so much more comfortable than trousers or even shorts, especially in the summer. With a couple of simple sewing patterns I can make everything from an A-line to a pleated skirt. I'm casual but modest -most of my skirts are ankle length, paired with a dressy k it shirt and ballet flats.
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