Full Flare Feminine Skirt
Who doesn’t love a full flare feminine skirt? Especially for summer. Something about the swinging motion as I walk and the breeze that catches the skirt makes me feel sassy, free-spirited and yeah maybe even a little bit younger.
Since these photos were taken I’ve cut about five to six inches off my hair. There is a whole lot less blond in it now.
When I was younger I’d go from very long hair to a pixie cut. Needless to say I don’t look good with a pixie cut. I also permed my hair when spiral perms were all the rage. Did you know that perms are coming back? I kid you not. I’d love to get one again just for a change but I can’t colour and perm so I choose colour. Plus, growing out a perm is murder.
It took some forty years to find what works best with my fine, bone straight, thin hair. It takes me about five minutes to blow dry my hair and it’s done. I don’t do anything else. The cut does all the work. When I don’t wash my hair I only have to brush it. Doesn’t get easier than that. When something is that simple to manage it makes life easier.
I also know that flare skirts work well for my body shape and are easy and comfortable to wear without sacrificing style. I guess that is the beauty of aging…we know what we like and what works for us.
What have you discovered that works well for you?
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I love these kinds of skirts, Suzanne!! In fact, I have probably about 10 of them and they are my go-to’s for the summer (except when it’s windy).
I can’t wait to see your new haircut!! I have found that my shorter hair makes life so much easier for me!! Heck—there are days I don’t even brush it….LOL!!!
suzanne carillo says
Okay I think you win. Not even needing to brush your hair tops mine ; P
My hair was very long so it might not be as noticeable as you’d think. I chopped it so I could use this new steam curler. It worked and even held some of the curl for more than 15 minutes. It’s just tedious. I don’t know how often I’ll be trying to curl my hair.
It’s typical as someone with straight hair I want curly.
Wonderful skirt and you look summer-y and gorgeous. Your hair has been the hair I’ve envied for so long! It always looks sleek and chic. I just composed a post about “thanking” my hair for being – although thin – easy to care for. xox
suzanne carillo says
I envy your natural curl. Your hair is a bit what mine looked like when I had the spiral perm.
That skirt does look lovely on you, fun and flirty and fabulous!
I had a Toni & Guy surfer perm twelve years ago and loved it. Perms have come on a long way since the spiral perms of the 1980s (although I adored mine at the time). These days it’s safe to perm on top of colour and the waves just drop out after a certain amount of time so no horrid regrowth, the only reason why I haven’t had it done again was the cost – it was £120 in 2007, I dread to think how much it is now! xxx
Sherry - Petite Over 40 says
Perms! My mom used to give me perms in our living room while I watched MTv. The chemicals stunk up the whole house. That smell brings back such memories! I loved the body it gave my fine, straight hair but like you said, growing them out was miserable. Like you, I’ve come to embrace my hair the way it is, although I still color it. Even when stylists don’t really know what to do with my hair, I can usually come home and make it work. (And I don’t go back to those stylists.)
You do look sassy and carefree in your skirt outfit. I can’t wait to see your new hairstyle in just a couple of weeks!
I love a full flare skirt (yours is divine!) and fit and flare frocks. These suit me best and are comfortable to wear at the same time. Not too much fretting about the dreaded belly. Although at times I wish I hadn’t had my hair cut in my current asymmetrical pixie style, and kept it a bit longer, I have to admit that it suits me, also because I don’t have to do anything but a quick brush. No way I’m going to have a perm again, ever! xxx
Theresa Campbell says
That’s such an adorable skirt. Love the lace trim and that vintage-y floral print. Perfect for summer. As far as perms, for some strange reason my mom had me get a perm when I was in 4th grade. I mean I already had naturally curly hair anyway, so not sure what she was thinking. Afterwards my head looked like a standard poodle’s. I remember crying and not wanting to go to school. I’ve been anti-perm every since!
Rachel G says
I love comfy light cotton flared skirts just like that one! So perfect in hot weather. They’re not all too easy to find in the shops here though–I miss thrift stores sometimes!
Marilee Gramith says
These kinds of skirts really are a pleasure to wear. You have a wonderful way of reminding us that skirts are a great non-jean option for a warm summer day.. Sometimes I have difficulty transitioning to spring and summer looks but this one is currently on tap in my closet in many lovely iterations! Thanks Suzanne!
Anna Parkes says
Isn’t it the best thing ever to understand your own sense of style more and more as you get older. I used to have a perm, but do remember how awful it looked as it was growing out. I can’t wait to see the shorter version of your cut.
Love the flirty skirt, btw, and yes it’s a style that I go for too – I think we have similar body shape – and this works well for us.
And yes, I did change the post the other day. I thought I may just jinx the feature.
Your assistance has helped me learn what works. I totally get the ease of your hair-style. One idea if you want to play with another style but not commit to it full-time or do much work is to try wigs. I know you have one or two; experimenting with some nicer ones (e.g., $50-150) might invigorate you. Just a thought.
suzanne carillo says
I guess I didn’t show you my whole wig drawer…I own about 10 of them. I’ve never owned a really, really good one though and have thought often about splurging on one. The ones I was interested in were more in the $400-$500 range though. That black one I often wear for my 1920s themes is a decent one and I also own two others that are decent. They cost about $90 each.
I also love this style and this particular skirt is fabulous on you. It is funny the last two weeks I have been wearing full, almost a-line skirts, that graze the knee.
It took me the same 40 years to figure out what to do with my hair as well. Your hair does look beautiful and I’m glad that is low maintenance for you. I can’t imagine spending so much time styling my hair. I keep my hair long so I can put it in a ponytail or a topknot and be done with it.
You truly are looking fantastic Suzanne !
I am so glad that I am able to post comments on your blog once again. I don’t know what the problem was but it must’ve been a wordpress issue. Something wonky and technical for sure . ..
Cheryl Tucker says
This is a beautiful skirt and I love the colors in your whole outfit. I have a skirt that flares out and I love to twirl in it. I also love to go barefoot when I wear it. It’s all so freeing!
this kind of skirts work well for me 😀
and longer hair – if i wear it short i need to do a lot for looking half as good as with long hair on any day….
you look pretty and summer-y in this outfit!
I actually look better with short hair – but I’m resisting because I feel like my time with long hair is limited! I love skirts and dresses for summer – as soon as it gets warm enough, I’ll be in them every day!
Señora Allnut says
Perms are coming back!!?, *#&*!! I’m still traumatized by last perm I had (and this happened in 1987!). And I totally agree: growing up a perm is murder!. Anyway, I had a haircut after that catastrophic perm and never looked back!. I feel nice in my hairstyle, the shorter the better, but I’m thinking on growing it or something, just for the sake of change!
You look adorable in this summery floral skirt, and I love a skirt or dress for summer!
Debbie Stinedurf says
I love a good floaty skirt and this one is definitely a winner! I did know perms are making a comeback, although I think that those of us traumatized by 80’s perms might think twice…lol!
Jessica A Jannenga says
Pretty skirt! Love the color paired with the pine green on you! I have been tempted to get a haircut , rather than a trim! I thought of a style I might like, and even though it might be shorter, my stylist says that it would be more maitenence! not what I want!
My hair’s texture has definately changed with hormones changes.
thanks for linking!
No Fear of Fashion says
See? You found a couple of good things about aging! And right you are. I can relate to both the hair and the style that fits one best.
Saw the hair cut on IG – very nice! I have fine, straight hair, and I got a perm when I was in Grade 13 (just in time for my Graduation photo!) and it looks awful. I’ve had very short hair for the last 30 odd years, and it works for me.
The colour of the top and skirt go beautifully together, and you are right, there’s nothing like a light, swishy skirt to wear in the summer with a simple top.
Love your flowy skirt! I discovered, after several years of trying to do the whole vintage pincurl thing, that it just doesn’t work with my hair. I had to pincurl every night and it would still fall out halfway through the day… so I gave up and went back to my natural straight bob! I curl it with a curling iron sometimes, for fun, but it really is best to just go with what works for you 🙂
I had no idea that your hair was SO low-maintenance! While it looks beautiful and stylish. Good for you!
I learned so many things over the years:
-how to treat my curls
-not to wear German style blazers (think Angela Merkel)
-that shift dresses and A-line dresses look good on me
and much more.
Older and wiser, right?;-)