"A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials."-Ronald Knox
Some variation of the maxi dress is pretty much a staple every spring and summer season and we wear it with glee. This year's warm weather brings a new maxi skirt that's been popping up in editorials, on the street and in fashion blogs. The sheer maxi skirt or what some have deemed the "illusion skirt" is the look of a sheer long skirt worn on top of a mini. The look is most likely attributed to the Chloe Spring 2011 runway look (pictured left) and as expected, comes with mixed reactions. Refinery29 even asked: is it just a fashion blogger meme? While I love the runway high drama of the look, a very full chiffon skirt with another skirt underneath may not fare well in the spring Texas heat. Here are a few skirts and dresses inspired by the illusion skirt trend that seem less runway and slightly more wearable:
1. Nasty Gal Lace Cargo Skirt
Pockets. Enough said.
2. American Apparel Chiffon Full Length Skirt
The America Apparel skirt comes in a variety of colors but the lighter tones seemed the most chic and ethereal. For a similar look, try the Topshop Peach Pleated Maxi Skirt.
3 and 4. Urban Outfitters Chiffon Maxi Dress (in blue and in neutral)
My personal favorite. This dress captures the trend but just looks so easy breezy. Here it is styled at Cupcakes and Cashmere.
image source: chloe runway (SP2011): style.com; skirts/dresses: shopnastygal.com, americanapparel.com, urbanoutfitters.com