1) There is something extremely dainty and ladylike about it.
2) The style is one that is a win-win on the female body. If you are very hippy (and do not particularly find that one of your best features) the skirt actually camouflages the hips. Because the dress accentuates the waist (the smallest part) it flares away to create the hourglass shape. And for those of you who have no hips, this same flare gives the illusion that you have hips.
But, as I was cautioned by a very wise, body conscious friend, these skirts are more difficult to pull off if you have a boxy midsection. In that case, you need to invest in a bolero that maybe puffs a bit on the shoulder to provide the illusion. A bolero of this sort will balance you and allow the full skirt to flatter. Think “Loco” in the movie How to Marry a Millionaire, one of my fashion favorite movies.
In the picture featured below, I am wearing a full skirt dress. It is quilted and fabulous. I wore it to the 92nd Street Y to see the Fern Malis talk with fashion icon Valentino. It was great. I felt awesome in the outfit and as soon as I entered the event, I was asked to take a picture on the red carpet, which was posted on the website. The picture doesn’t do the dress as much justice, I think because I have on my red leather jacket. But that point notwithstanding, consider the perks of the dress.
And while you are out shopping this holiday season, do yourself a favor and try on one of these skirts. You may be surprised.