* This is part two of a three-part series. If you missed part one, check out the post here! *
Part two of "SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" dives into the trumpet skirt, a style that was popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before the trumpet skirt, women's fashion required a bustle — fabric underneath the skirt, worn at the back in order to create and give the allusion of a more voluptuous behind. At the turn of the century during the Edwardian period, women were allowed to embrace their bodies and therefore said sayonara to the bustle and fitted garments became the 'new black.'
Unlike today — where the trumpet skirt is usually a mini or midi style — the trumpet skirt was worn maxi-style, with the flare happening near the hem. While this trend was popular, it was most commonly worn for bridal and during affairs that required evening wear. While miniskirts have been worn since the beginning of time — 5400 B.C. by ancient acrobats to be exact — they didn't become stylish until 1964 when British designer Mary Quant raised her hemline. Thanks to this UK designer, we no longer have to worry about tripping on a long flouncy hemline when strutting our stuff down the streets, we can embrace our bodies and our legs — no acrobatics required.
THE MINI TRUMPET
A trumpet skirt is the sassy older-sister of the classic fit and flare — tighter on the top and a lot more flare on the bottom. This skirt option is perfect for your everyday street style look — think a graphic tee tucked in or knotted on the side with a pair of (faux) leather sneakers or your favorite pair of running shoes. Trumpet skirts are also a great option if you want to liven-up an outfit for a formal occasion — try an off-the-shoulder blouse, tights and lace-up heels.
While the trumpet skirt is versatile for many occasions, the wearable is somewhat limited. Most skirts allow shirts to be worn tucked in or out, but when wearing a trumpet skirt it's important to always have a shirt tucked in. Otherwise, the outfit will end up looking bulky and sloppy.
FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA
Don't be intimidated, just because a trumpet skirt is tight on the top doesn't mean that ladies of all shapes and sizes can't rock it. My favorite part of a trumpet skirt is the exaggerated flare at the bottom, this silhouette gives off the allusion of a small waist and curvy hips — the ultimate Marilyn Monroe look. Who doesn't want to look like a Hollywood queen? If you're worried about the fit, don't be! Trumpet skirts are sold at retailers all over so you're sure to find one that is your size and fit for the fashionista that you are!