3 Way With a Long Chiffon Skirt

by jennine on October 18, 2010

long black skirt

Long live long. A few months ago, I was talking about how I was feeling too old to wear mini skirts. Well, not too old, but more like I didn’t like the way mini’s made my thighs look. So it was either my thighs or my age to blame, either way, I was longing for the long skirts, or at least ones that covered the ol’ knobbly knees.

After I saw the Nicole Miller SS11 show, the image of chiffon skirts have made for the most intense fashion craving. I picked up a long black chiffon skirt at American Apparel (even though they’re not doing so well these days). It was one of those things that could end up in the back of my closet, or one of the key pieces for the season. It so turned out, the skirt is a necessity. Not just as a long skirt, but the way it can create so many looks. I’d always thought a long flowy skirt would instantly be a hippy dress, but that’s not the case. Here I’ve created 3 different looks with the long skirt.

With a skirt this length, it doesn’t have to be a skirt at all. I’ve worn it as a strapless dress, with of course a trusty blazer because I wear blazers with everything.

This is the skirt as it comes out of the box. I’ve had images of Georgia O’Keefe in my head, you know one of the most stylish women in long black skirts. Even though she usually goes for the straight black, I’ve worn this with a chambray shirt, and Western inspired ankle boots. Since this skirt has two layers, it made it easy to play with the layers  and silhouette simply by pulling the top layer and tucking it into my waist band. It shows a bit of leg yet it’s still a  long skirt. I’ve worn it like this several times as it makes the skirt feel so much more unique.

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1 fashion butter October 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

WOW! Loving all three looks, J. What a versatile piece.
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2 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm

thanks! you know, i didn’t really think much about it when i got it, but after having it a while it really was a versatile piece!


3 mpc October 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

that is hilarious that you mention this… this skirt has been on my shopping list for a few weeks now. going out to make a purchase today!
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4 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

haha, it’s worth it. i’m thinking about getting it in other colors too!


5 B. Jones Style October 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

Really great styling! My favorite is the last look. I love how you pulled up part of the skirt to create some draping.
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6 kirstie October 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

Love your styling. The last look is definitely my favorite but I really like the denim top too.



7 Vyque October 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

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8 M/chicspace October 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh no, you’ve created a lemming. Looks great on you!


9 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm



10 Jesse@1920s Fashion and Music October 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

3 very distinct looks (partial to the first and 3rd), great piece, thanks for sharing.
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11 Tami October 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

Ooh, love the strapless dress idea!
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12 Ginta October 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

Love it in the all three ways!
I need a perfect long flowy skirt too, as I have recently acknowledged the same truth about the age and about my thighs - minis just don’t work for me (at least in my mind).
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13 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

haha, well, maybe it’s a global thing, we’re all sick of our thighs? who knows! but skirts are getting longer!


14 Julia Luckett October 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

My my. You look fabulous. I am really impressed and also feel the need to acquire this skirt! It looks lovely on your figure.

Keep smiling,
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15 Alice Olive October 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

Love it! I agree with others here: this makes me think I might need one, too!
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16 Rach is Ordinarily Urbane October 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

It’s hard to pick a favorite, I adore all three looks so much! Your creativity in the last look is especially charming.

I have the short version of this skirt and it’s definitely not as versatile. Especially with the cool weather rolling in the long one seems much more practical.

Thanks for sharing! xo
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17 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

the short version is also really nice! :)


18 Stephanie October 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

Love,love,love the last picture! :D Beautiful skirt!

Stay happy & Live.Laugh.Love.
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19 The Well-Appointed Catwalk October 18, 2010 at 11:04 am

Only you would think of tucking a layer into your waistband. Genius!
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20 Kb October 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Lovely skirt, I definitely need one in my life as it’s so versatile. I like how you draped it, might try a DIY as I really can’t stretch to American Apparel!


21 WendyB October 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love the skirt on you! I got to see it in person!
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22 jennine October 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

you did! and you’ve always been supportive of the skirt!


23 Lisa October 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

Look #1 is my fav! love it.
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24 lisa October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

It looks a bit odd the way AA has styled it, but you’ve made this skirt look so chic in every outfit. I bet every other fashion blogger who sees this post is going to want one now!
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25 rachel October 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

love that last idea!
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26 Dawn October 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’m picking the first look as my favorite. I’d like to think my clothes hang on me like that but I suspect they don’t.

And an award for bravery - for negotiating steps in the shoes in the last pic!
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27 Sylvia October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I love the look of a long chiffon skirt! I saw an emerald one in a thrift store a couple weeks ago and I completely regret not buying it. I went back 2 days later and it was gone!

Great looks!
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28 Sylvia October 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Also, jennine, how long does it usually take to get approved to join IFB? I applied like 2-3 weeks ago and still haven’t heard. let me know!
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29 Casey October 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

You’re a genius, Jennine! Minis have never been a good look on me, so I’ve always gravitated towards skirts that at least hit the knee or longer. I adore the romantic look of a super long skirt-it always seems so suited to an “artsy” outfit. I love all these looks you put together-especially the second (that necklace is amazing!). Thanks for a little long skirt inspiration!

♥ Casey | blog


30 Nickie Frye October 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I love wearing long skirts as dresses. It’s hard to find good long skirts though. This one is cute!
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31 Eli October 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

love it! I bought two long skirts today oddly enough in the same mindset while wearing a skirt and feeling way too self concious that it was way too short for my age! This is actually a pretty skirt from a store I would have never considered. I’ve kind of put AA in the back of my mind, but maybe will get one online later!
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32 jennine October 19, 2010 at 6:20 am

Haha, I guess, great minds!


33 Chic 'n Cheap Living October 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Last look = pure brilliance. Darn I wish I had a 2 layer skirt now too!


34 Kristin October 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

The last look is my absolute favorite! So freaking awesome!


35 Jenny October 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Oh my goodness this is inspiring. I would never go for a skirt like that on first site, but I am in love with every single look you’ve created with it. Gorgeous!


36 Amy October 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love the first look! It also helps that you’re petite so the skirt doesn’t end up as an ultra mini dress.
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37 Moira October 19, 2010 at 12:12 am

You did well on your choices to style the skirt! Well done ;)
Have a lovely Tuesday!

Jungle World Citizen
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38 Sheela October 19, 2010 at 5:05 am


I tried out the first look yesterday but with a leather vest w/chains on the back, a tank top and some awesome shrug-like sleeves. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of true divadom :D
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39 jennine October 19, 2010 at 6:20 am

Wow! That sounds HOT! :)


40 charles October 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

wOw! you really are working it. I love all these looks so much!!! I wasn’t planning on it but I think I’m going to have to dig out my long black skirt and get inspired by this post today! :) xx
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41 Kamicha October 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

You are wearing it well!
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42 Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels October 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

I have to admit I don’t like long skirts, but I really like how you have styled this, especially the first look!


43 Sally October 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

Glorious looks, all of ‘em!
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44 Tomeka October 19, 2010 at 7:55 am

I think your 3 looks are fab! I’ve often worn the 1st two looks but the third is so casual chic and elegant! Thanks for new inspiration!
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45 Suzanne (Lady Warfield) October 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

I really love how you took this simple black skirt and changed it’s look so dramatically. And you did it so creatively as well. I just had to include you in my “3 things I found on Twitter today” feature.
Thanks for the inspiration!



46 anjali October 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I admit I still very wary of this whole maxi dress and maxi-skirt trend for winter (I honestly am a little wary of them even when it’s summer time ;) ), but you have shown how lovely and versatile a skirt like this can be. I love all of these looks, so very striking.

May I ask where the second photo was taken? The background is so gorgeous and makes me yearn for the days I studied in Oxford. It’s probably in NYC I’m guessing, but if there’s a chance it was still back in the Bay Area, I would love to visit :)
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47 Sandra October 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

damn, Jennine, these stylings are FANTASTIC! they look all look great on you! I especially love the last and second ones. :D


48 Jacqueline October 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

Ok. That last shot is just gorgeous! A post on the Sartorialist a few days ago had left me longing for a long black flowy skirt so thank you for heads up about AA.
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49 Fashiongrail October 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm

LOVING the last look!
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50 Shawnette October 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

Love all three ideas!! I’ve been wanting one…you’ve made it even more enticing with the different options!!


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