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Five Great Linen Pieces: Part 5 The Easy Skirt | Manolo for the Big Girl

Five Great Linen Pieces: Part 5 The Easy Skirt

It’s inevitable. At least once a year I get suckered by someone into going to some sort of outdoor cultural event. I hate outdoor cultural events. Do you know where I like cultural events? Inside. Ideally somewhere between rows A and K, farther back if it’s an opera and I need to read the superscripts. My experience of Shakespeare or Mozart or Annie Get Your Gun is not enhanced by the presence of every known insect in the glorious Republic of Texas whirring by my head, playing chicken with my false eyelashes.  It’s not that I don’t like nature, I just don’t want it touching me.

Oh, and it’s usually a date, too which makes it twice as miserable. I know, I know, the guy WANTS me to think “Oh what a romantic and artistically sensitive guy. What sort of a creative soul would ever come up with something so WHIMSICAL as an outdoor theater event?! I definitely want to sleep with this guy.”

What I’m actually thinking is: “You cheap perfunctory bastard, I am definitely never sleeping with you.  I’m sorry, but if I’m not getting into a private box, what makes you think you will?”

But still, a girl’s gotta make an effort. Make her nan proud and all that.

Enter the easy skirt:

linen skirt

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Pretty much a skirt version of the long dress I posted at the beginning of the week, it’s got beautiful drape and flow and is truly ankle-length on all but the very tallest people. The great thing about skirts like these is you can sit pretty much however you want and not flash anybody, but it’s still cooler than a pair of pants.

How to wear it

–with a fitted-but-not-tight scoopneck tee and a mess of ethnic jewelry

— with a cami and a fitted one-button blazer

— with a one-shoulder top and a ton of bangles on the bare arm

–with a scarf tied bandanna-style as a top, paired with a summer-weight cardi.

6 Responses to “Five Great Linen Pieces: Part 5 The Easy Skirt”

  1. theDiva April 16, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    “It’s not that I don’t like nature, I just don’t want it touching me.”

    I DESPERATELY need this as a tagline. May I?

  2. Plumcake April 16, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Diva, of course!

  3. Debs April 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    When attending an evening, outdoor Summer event in the San Francisco bay area, I fear I would have to pair the skirt with a pair of heavy boots under which one can wear thick socks & cover it with a full-length Winter coat. But I do like your suggestions for day! I’d like to be brave enough to do the scarf as top thing.

  4. theDiva April 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    WOOHOO! Thank you, dear.

  5. larkspur April 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    beautiful – it really is! unfortunately, not a look for a short girl, I fear… Somehow I always end up looking like I borrowed someone’s clothes. But I love the cut.

  6. Courtney April 22, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    “It’s not that I don’t like nature, I just don’t want it touching me.”

    This perfectly describes my distaste for being outside. I do not go camping. I don’t go hiking, or stand anywhere near anything that might possibly host wasps or bees of any sort, and I can’t seem to refrain from shrieking and running when I see a swarm of mosquitoes or other flying bugs that might get in my hair. I don’t even like outdoor dogs when they have been brought indoors. I adore nature, and all of it’s beauty, but I prefer to see it through a medium such as a window, television screen, or photograph. Those can’t bite or stink.

    In conclusion, what I meant to say was that I love that line, and I hope you wouldn’t mind if I borrowed it sometime in the future.