A cocktail number from Giambattista Valli, and a grey day dress from Neiman Marcus
Fashionable Reader, I urge caution with this style. Don't get me wrong it can be really good, that bit of extra fabric at the bottom can counterbalance a top heavy figure, much as an a-line. But, because it's so tight in through the hips one must be quite confident in one's derrier and avoid the VPL like the plague.
There's a range in extremes with this skirt, let me show you what I mean . . .
This is the most extreme version of a trumpet, basically a tight pencil skirt with a ruffled hem. Unless it's something like this black one, quite simple and elegant in a knee length it's going to come off as 80s, like this one does:
My preference is for something a little more subtle. I like a flare that's part of the cut of a skirt, rather than added onto the bottom like a ruffle (although that's a fun DIY for an old pencil if you're up for it). Some would call this cut more a short mermaid skirt. This is more vintage in look as well, harkening to the 1930s and early 40s.
Here's one similar from my closet.
From a thrift store in the Mission, San Francisco. c. $10
It's just below the knee, like the leather one above, with kick pleats. It's wool, fortunately lines as I'm allergic, but not at the waist band. So I have to tuck in any tops to protect my skin. Since i prefer tailored tops that don't tuck in, I don't wear this skirt as often as I might if it were a different material.
Here's a more muted modern and streamlined approach to the trumpet skirt...
I like this style a great deal. If you're too self conscious to commit to a tight-all-the-way pencil, one of these is a fantastic option. As you can see it pairs with either pumps or boots, and because of the flare doesn't do that odd gap top thing that a pencil can with riding boots, for example.
Here's some great vintage ways to style this silhouette:
Cheerful turquoise dots with funky neutrals, and an all neutral picnic take. 1987 Entre Nous Christian Lacroix for Patou The Indianapolis Museum of Art
And now I've hunted around for three of the best deals on this kind of skirt, in my opinion, and styled them put with items from my own closet, as a sort of "see how it's done segment."
I'd wear it with:
H&M a few seasons ago, $25 and Irregular Choice from Shoe Biz, $120 Haight Street, SF
An ultra-feminine pink knit top and some crazy wedge pumps.
I'd wear it with:
Cream turtleneck from thrift store. BCBG studded pumps, outlet mall, $65.
A basic cream turtleneck and some hard rock studded pumps, to combat how girly the skirt is.
I'd wear it with.
Vintage top, source forgotten, and Via Spiga cream peeps from Norstrom Rack $65
Cream knit top and creamy peep toes.
Not excited about the idea of a trumpet skirt? How about a trumpet coat or dress?
1965-1973 Bob Bungnand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1950s Christian Dior The Frock
Something for Prudence to wear in this vein?
1902 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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