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The Lust List: The Accordion Skirt

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In the fall, there was a lot of buzz in the fashion world around the mid-calf skirt. One of my favorite designers, Louis Vuitton, had models sashaying down the runway in gorgeous 1950s-style full skirts that hit below the knee. You might have seen the Mad Men-inspired Vuitton ads in your fall and winter Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

The fact that I measure in at a whopping five-foot-four-and-a-half-inches tall (that half inch is important!) immediately turns me off from below-the-knee skirts, lest I look like a stump. And, apparently, 5’4″ is the average height for an American female, so I assume about half of you ladies feel the same way. Leggy Becca may be the exception. (As is the tall and lovely Miss Spinach, who blogged about longer skirts back in August).

In addition to full knee-length skirts, accordion skirts are also popular right now. Again, I initially balked at the idea of an accordion skirt, fearing the style far was too dowdy—like something Peggy would wear to the office on Mad Men but that Betty Draper would never be caught dead in. But, after seeing this look on Shop Bop, I began singing a different tune.

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Halston  Heritage Pleated Skirt, $195, Shop Bop.

So, I did my research. Accordion skirts are currently available in a variety of colors and lengths ranging from mid-thigh to mid-calf length. The drapey, flowy shape leads me to believe it would flatter a variety of shapes and rear-ends.

I love it styled with a cami, long necklace, fitted blazer and pumps or ankle booties for the office, or with a silk racer-back cami and tall sandals for evening. Here are the rest of my picks.

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Adam silk and chiffon skirt, $106, Out Net.

Photo credit: Urban

Sparkle and Fade Pleated Chiffon Miniskirt, $49, Urban Outfitters, comes in red and navy.

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Motel Sally Pleated Skirt, $21.60, Motel Rocks.

Even more skirts: there are longer versions at in grey at Urban ($59) and Zappos ($81) and a navy mid-calf style at Top Shop ($80).

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