Straight skirts, pencil skirts, tulip skirts – the idea is a straight line that shows off your gams. Even though on me it’s not my most flattering look, I’ll sometimes wear it anyway just because straight skirts often carry an implication of power. It’s a “yes, I’m female, but I’m also serious. Contend with me!” It’s a look I go for when I mean business, and by business, I mean it involves the signing of contracts. Clothing isn’t about looking beautiful, even if that’s what fashion promotes – out in the world beyond fashion, which is most of it, it’s about sending a specific message. Just like showing up in military dress means you mean war, showing up in tailored clothing means that your intent is specific and that you’ve prepared for it.
Thus, the straight skirt. As you can see from the shoe choices, even the shoe can change the message of the skirt. A long skirt with boots sends a slightly more relaxed message – yes, I’m serious, but I’m flexible – whereas the pump tells the onlooker that you’re just serious, and you’re about sticking to some traditional rules.
If you appear wearing a straight skirt with clown shoes, all results are on you.
A shorter skirt, on the other hand, makes the message more about your legs than about what you might have to say. Great if you’re out dancing, of course, but only Sharon Stone is Sharon Stone so leave the gams out of the negotiations.