This is my blog of skirts. My journey, my thoughts, femininity, masculinity, quirks, embarrassments, accomplishments; all centered around the idea of skirts and the role of women.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Summer Skirt shopping

"Mom, I am going to only wear skirts this summer. They are just more comfortable" declared my 17 year old daughter. This is the same daughter who 2 years ago said, " Mom, now that you are going to start wearing skirts, please don't make us!"

We have come a long way in this house. I only wear pants about twice a month. I love wearing skirts. They are so much more comfy than pants. Today I snapped a quick photo of all my girls while we were shopping at Target. Guess what we were shopping for!? My youngest found a really cute skort. My eldest found a cute sundress today at Belks and I ordered 3 skirts on clearance from Coldwater Creek.

Unfortunately, my package was "delivered" 2 days ago and I still do not have it. The post office is investigating, as we are suspecting it was stolen and may be filling out a police report this weekend. Bummer! The skirts I ordered were so cute too! I guess some skirts are just worth stealing! LOL

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ooops…she forgot to wear her skirt!

Today I was pumping gas and noticed a strange thing.  I kept looking and looking and trying to figure out why the lady next to me was wearing her slip as a skirt. At first I was shocked that someone would actually go out of their house with a slip on and NO skirt!

Upon further investigation and continual peering, I realized that she had a skirt tucked under her slip. I almost said something, but then I thought, "What if she is actually wearing it like that on purpose?" The rest of her outfit was so nice and put together, she did not appear to be a lunatic. Her hair looked nice, her make-up was put on well, and her blouse looked straight enough, but not. When she started to turn towards me I noticed the front of the blouse looked bunched up around her waist and the slip REALLY was indeed a slip with a long slit up the FRONT. It was pretty with nice embellishments, but none the less, it was a slip!

I arrived home and showed my kids the photo that I took with my handy dandy iphone that allowed me to turn away from her and look like I was taking a photo of something else. Gotta love that flip feature of my iphone camera.

After lots of conversation Elizabeth said, "Oh Mom! I bet she tucked in her skirt to lift it off her legs while she was driving because it is so HOT!" You know what? I think she is right. I do some pretty strange things with my skirts when I am driving ( not telling what I do). This Texas heat wave is insane and even with the AC running full blast, it is just too HOT to be driving. Frankly it is too hot to be wearing clothes!

So, that poor lady at the gas station forgot to untuck her skirt out of her slip or she just did not care because after all, this heat can make us do some pretty weird things. Personally I would have been mortified if I forgot to put my skirt back out over my slip. Maybe I should have told her!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Success and shopping!

11 months and counting!! What a long way I have come come this year. If you read my original posts from October, 2009 you will remember how frustrating the skirt transition was for me.

I am proud to admit that I wear skirts 6 out of 7 days per week. I love it! I feel so much prettier and I have noticed that I wear and appreciate nice jewelery now too. I am very comfortable and as you recall, this was a top priority for me.

Remember my post about my daughter refusing to wear skirts? She wears skirts about 4 days a week and she loves it too.

This summer I took my mom skirt shopping and we hit the jackpot at Christopher and Banks. We are both petite and have that larger than normal, German toosh. This makes for an interesting shopping experience. Short and wide!! So many of the beautiful skirts are just designed for that taller, slender woman that we are NOT and most of America is NOT!! I refuse to wear a skirt that makes my rear end look larger than a caboose!

If I am gonna spend money on a skirt, it has to meet this criteria:
  1. slenderizing
  2. petite
  3. stylish (not old lady and not professional looking)
  4. reasonably priced

I am proud to say that if you have the same problem that my mom, my grandmother, and I have, you will LOVE Christopher and Banks! Call ahead though, some of their stores do not carry petites. In the Dallas area I have found the largest selection of petite skirts at the one in South Lake, Texas.

My husband got me a Christopher & Banks gift card! To celebrate 1 year of skirt success, I plan to use my C&B gift card to buy a new skirt this fall. Who knows! maybe I will hit the jackpot and find 2 on sale!!

This skirt is one that I got earlier this summer for under $20 and it is one of my favorite and most comfortable skirts. It is currently on the C&B website on clearance for $9.98. Item # 00808812078

Monday, March 8, 2010

drying crinkle skirts

Step 1: Hang it on a clip hanger and slide the clips to one end of the hanger so the skirt is scrunched together.

Step 2: Use 3 wide cloth stretchy headbands* to hold the skirt in a scrunched position. Slide them on, twisting 2 times, like you would a ponytail on your hair. Once the first one is on, stretch it open, so the skirt will not dry with creases from the headbands. If you leave the head band in one spot you will get a mark (like you would on your hair if you wear a pony tail all day and them wear your hair down).  I do one band on the top portions of the skirt and one on the bottom.

*This photo shows 5 ribbons, but I like using 3 wide headbands better to prevent the marks and it is just easier than tying all the ribbons.

Step 3: Gently squeeze the skirt and slide your hand down all the way to the bottom. At the bottom make sure you are pulling it nice and straight so that when you remove the headbands, the bottom won't be flaring out when you wear it.

Step 4: Leave your skirts hanging like this for about 36 hours. After a day and a half, I take off the head bands, but I leave it to continue drying the rest of the day. Once it is completely dry, I put the headbands back on as I did in Step 2 and then I hang it in my closet, exactly as it is in the pictures.

When I wear my skirts, the crinkles stay in and I always get lots of compliments when I wear both of these skirts.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Skirt Sales!!!

This is a GREAT time of year to purchase skirts for cheap. If you want to venture out and try skirt wearing, this is the perfect time to buy.

I hit Belks and Stein Mart last week and got some fantastic deals.

I got ths beautiful skirt from Belks for $12 (there is black lace trim on each layer and my girls say I look like a Saloon lady and should do the CanCan dance) 

and a fun colorful casual skirt for $9 at Stein Mart. I have already recieved 3 compliments when I was out and about in this one.

This simple Brown broom skirt with colorful stripes was only $7 at Belks!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Men have stopped wearing THE pants!

I couldn't believe it when I read it. Below is the manifesto on the website of

I am so amazed that a company would take such a stand for MANHOOD! Maybe if more women would stop trying to wear THE pants, men would step up an be our heros once again!

Dockers Manifesto
"Once Upon a time, men wore pants, and wore them well. Women rarely had to open doors and little old ladies never crossed the street alone. men took charge because that's what they did. But, somewhere along the way, the world decided it no longer needed men. Disco by disco, latte by foam non-fat latte, men were stripped of thier khakis and left stranded on the road between boyhood and androgyny. But today, there are questions our renderless society has not answers for. The world sits idly by as cities crumble, children misbehave and those little old ladies remain on the side of the street. For the first time since bad guys, we need heroes. We need grown ups. We need men to put down the plastic fork, step away from the slad bar and untie the world from the tracks of complacency. It's time to get your hands diry. It's time to answer the call of manhood. It's time to wear THE pants."

One of our favorite all-time cowboy films is Angel and The Badman. When I read this manifesto I immediately thought of John Wayne. Most of his movies had beautiful supporting actresses. I love their dresses!

Another favorite cowboy film is The Big Country. I loved this movie. I found myself hoping that Jame McKay (Gregory Peck) would NOT marry the girl who wanted to wear THE pants. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for for him to marry the lady who was truly going to be his helper-completer.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Skirt Poems

This morning I was inspired to write a poem about skirts. I have always loved this famous work by Robert Lewis Stevenson. When my daughters were young and I read this to them, I remember acting it out for them. I put on a skirt and came walking out of my bedroom while reading it to them and told them to imagine I was wearing a flowing, victorian skirt!

Today I wrote my own poem as well!

Aunties Skirts
By: Robert Lewis Stevenson

Whenver Auntie moves around,
Her dresses make a curious sound;
They trail behind her up the floor,
And trundle after through the door.

Skirt Splendor

by: Adrienne Freas

Enduring and Wise
Cascading liquid
Gilded in silk; tender, sincere

Hemmed in with grace
Dainty, soft and tender
Heaven's blanket of kindness
Delicate flowers abloom

The princess beckons her maidens "Come!"
Join in the dance;
Refine your golden glow!

Darn your stockings!
Polish your shoes!
Bustle up your petticoats!
Amble in the garden;
Adorned in radiant beauty,
Femininity renewed!