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The Timeless Trumpet Skirt

The Timeless Trumpet Skirt

I absolutely love wearing skirts…there’s such a touch of femininity about them.  There’s always plenty of room in my closet for more. One of the first skirts that my partner bought me was a black trumpet skirt that fell below the knee, but oh! did it twirl. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what is special about them, but they seem to exude an air of sophistication. The trumpet skirt is the kind of piece that can take you easily from the office to cocktail hour, and my favorite part, it makes your butt look great. That’s an added advantage for us t-girls.The skirt can help build up your rear view when it’s on the flatter side.

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster

Check out  Jordana Brewster‘s style on the right. With an appearance like this while out and about in London, she’s pretty much mastered that sophisticated kind of femininity that’s equally effortless and cool. That’s no easy task, but it all started with one tailored fit-and-flare trumpet skirt that skimmed her curves and cinched her waist. From there, Jordana tucked in a subtly sexy key-hole cutout blouse and perfected her modern ladylike look with a pair of strappy suede heels. What’s not to like about this look and it works for all seasons. Since the style draws attention to your derriere, you need to be comfortable with the style.

The black trumpet skirt is a wardrobe staple in that it can be worn with just about any color blouse or shirt; it twirls, but not enough to show your undergarments; it drapes so nicely; it gives the wearer a waist and a nice curvy shape. It is one of the few skirts that looks great on many body types. It is such a versatile piece and it’s easy and comfortable to wear. If I can’t figure out what I’m going to wear, the trumpet skirt is there

Heed this advice from Ulyana Sergeenko of Stockholm Street Style on how to wear the skirt.

How to Wear It: The top—whether it’s off-the-shoulder or more fitted—needs to come in at the waist. Nothing should be loose or untucked.
If You’re Short: Make sure the hem doesn’t dip below the knee, or you risk looking “too flamenco dancer,” says Adam. “The rule of thumb when it comes to hemlines? Petite women look best in skirts that hit just above the knee; taller women should wear knee length or longer.” And no matter your height, choose skinny heels.
If You’re Tall: Have fun with patterned tights and seamed hose. “Think Sophia Loren in Rome.”
What to Avoid: If you want to wear a jacket, make sure it ends around the waist, no longer. As for shoes, avoid any style that ties around the ankle (too cha-cha!), boots, and wedges.

trumpet skirt stockholm street style.Well, what exactly is a trumpet hem It’s so named because the swingy hem mimicks the shape of the — wait for it — musical instrument after which it is called. Fun fact of the day aside, the takeaway here is that trumpet-hemmed skirts and dresses are incredibly flattering on all body types. Here’s why: The volume at the hem is a nice balance to your shoulders (especially if you’re a bold-shouldered gal), and the body-skimming shape at the waist and thigh is offset by the movement at the bottom of the skirt. Got it?

The trumpet skirt is a lot of look on its own, so keep everything else simple

Trumpet skirt style has always been adorned by designers specially in designing bridal wear and evening gowns throughout the ages. During the period of 1897-1907 the flared skirts were in fashion. From 1897 onwards the yoke skirts were there in which the yoke was made by joining together two widths of fabric which reached the knee and then a hole was cut in the centre to fit the required waist measurement. In later years the ‘eel skirt’ and ‘umbrella skirt’, both cut on the cross grain and having an element of flare became fashionable. Eventually in 1900 gored skirts came and lately these gored skits also looked more tailored and became tight at waist and flared at hem.

Trumpet skirts, also called Mermaid skirts, are fitted through the hips and thighs and flare at the bottom. In bellydance costumes, they’re typically made of a stretch fabric, although with the strategic addition of a zipper they could be made of a non-stretch fabric as well.

So, are you convinced? Ready to join the crowd that says, “I need another trumpet skirt” and one in every color too




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