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Long and short of skirts

Perhaps you like to be in step with a new fashion but have been defeated by the long skirt.

Your reaction may not be as dramatic as that of a fashion editor who arrived at a recent Paris fashion show wearing old velvet leggings and a grin that stretched from ear to ear.

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"At last, I'm free!" she exclaimed, kicking her legs in the air. "I thought of taking off that long, tight skirt in the middle of the Place Vendome and burning it as a symbolic gesture."

Dealing with its snug fit and accouterments -- especially clunky shoes -- has caused many stylish women to drop the whole thing.

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Pants are an obvious answer. The newest ones, however, are bell-bottoms, which you need to experiment with to avoid looking like a leftover '70s teeny-bopper. The best solution is to stick with a longer skirt that ends just below the knee and is tapered on the sides. Curiously, this length, which once seemed the epitome of dowdiness, now looks chic.


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