In today’s episode of “Dear God, Why ??? Haven’t we been through enough this year? I regret to inform you: the mid-year trend of wearing skirts over pants, for no discernible reason other than “style,” is back.
OK, it’s really not that bad. Of course, the idea may recall images of Ashley Tisdale’s 2007 Red Carpet Looks. But the new iteration is much more elegant; the pants are fitted, the skirts more fitted. Believe it or not, the combination isn’t that bad.
The models at Proenza Schouler’s recent runway show, which took place on Little Island, layered bright orange girdles over black cigarette pants. He looked assembled, but not binding; designers said Vogue they wanted to celebrate the movement, the idea that women are back âon the moveâ in their post-vaccine life.
Thom Browne’s forward-thinking approach to the trend might not have been so easy to wear. Still, the androgynous style was modern and courageous. There was a theatrical touch and something that wouldn’t be unthinkable for someone like Billy Porter or Dan Levy to wear on the red carpet this season.
They will follow in the footsteps of Queen Latifah, who already wore a Thom Browne skirt / pantsuit to the BET Awards in June. She showed up to accept a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award and took a small briefcase with her. The strict cut, worthy of a teacher, had a little fancy. It was the perfect ‘professionalism’ cosplay, a nod to that kind of old-fashioned potent bandage that has all but disappeared thanks to Zoom.
Skirts over pants, in general, are a great example of anti-zoom fashion; you must be outside to show it. âI think a skirt over pants is a way to make a skirt or dress a little more relaxed and less prissy, not to mention a cool set of proportions,â VÃ©ronique Hyland, Fashion Director at SHE and author of upcoming essay collection Dress code, said The Daily Beast. âThere can also be a conscious or unconscious reference to the 90s and 2000s, because those eras have exploded so much lately. Depending on how you style it, there can be a grunge influence or a pop-punk influence.
That’s right: someone’s benchmark for what a skirt over pants means depends on their age. Gen X has known the trend since the early days of MTV, when it was subversive and dangerous. Think maximalist Madonna, throwing a miniskirt over textured leggings, becoming one of the main evangelists of this look.
There are, however, a few prototypes. As Julia Brucculieri of the Huffington Post noted, it can be seen in the traditional costume of some cultures– for both men and women. There is the kurta or kurti in India, which is a tunic over pants and can be worn both casually and formally. The Ã¡o dÃ i, from Vietnam, is a dress with pants usually reserved for a special occasion.
The first time Western women were allowed to wear pants en masse was with the advent of bloomers, named after newspaper editor Amelia Bloomer. She ran the first women’s newspaper, The lily, and in 1849 aligned the “Turkish” pants on a shorter skirt with the physique of women and therefore their rights.
“As soon as it was known I was wearing the new dress, hundreds of letters flowed to me from all over the country, inquiring about the dress and asking for models, showing how ready and anxious the women were. to get rid of the dress. burden of long, heavy skirts, “wrote Bloomer. The Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton loved the look, saying it made her feel “like a captive freed from her grip.”
Bloomers freed women from perilous hems and heavy hoop skirts. But today’s skirt-over-pants look can restrict mobility.
âAt the end of the day, there’s no point in wearing a skirt when you’re already wearing pants and vice versa, which means when you do, it’s a conscious stylistic choice,â he said. said Yoona Bang, a 19-year-old college student and freelance stylist who lives in Dallas. âIt’s so bad it’s good. I love how it can justify positive and negative feedback – it makes me feel like I’m doing something right about the way I choose to dress.
Bang says his favorite version of the look “is the iconic Ashley Tisdale at the 2005 premiere of Ice princess. Tisdale’s plus-est-plus mid-aughts outfits were the subject of much adulation on the internet; at this specific event, the 18-year-old wore a Bebe top with the word ‘DREAM’ on it. Faded bell bottom and a metallic skater skirt all at once. She even brought along a keytar-shaped pouch for good measure.
The wardrobe looks like what a toddler might wear if he was allowed to run wild in his mother’s “going out” clothes. Which is, in fact, a great descriptor of high fashion as an overall aesthetic.
âThere’s a certain shock factor to this particular outfit without which I really believe modern forms of minimal skirt-over-pants looks couldn’t exist,â Yoon said.
She scores a point. An outfit from Peter Do’s spring collection might have been more polished, but it certainly hinted at Tisdale’s glamor. A model wore oversized jeans, sandals and a large button-down white shirtdress that had been artfully embellished. It was a bit of a grown-up mid-2000s vibe.
So why does the gaze divide? âI think people hate him so much because it forces us to feel something,â Yoon said. “It’s such a weird combo that was never meant to go together, so it can easily feel ‘wrong’, but I think there’s an artistic beauty and charm to it.”
We must also adopt a firm stance against “coolness” to succeed in this admittedly silly trend. “I think a lot of people aren’t big fans of the comeback of the Y2K trends,” said Layal, an 18-year-old fashion student from Saudi Arabia who did not give her last name. . âPeople see skirts and pants and think it’s the ugliest combination there is. I’m not going to lie and say I love all of the old take on the trend, but its modern take on it really takes me to heart.
âPeople are afraid to experiment,â said Rachel RubÃ, a 23-year-old graphic designer from Miami. âI remember celebrities playing with skirts over pants in the 2000s and a lot of people absolutely hated it. But I think in 2021 people will finally realize that life is more fun when you don’t limit creativity.
Or as Bang put it, “If more people could ignore their initial gut reaction to hate? [the look], then the company could be a much cooler place, full of skirts over pants. SOP Supremacy! “