Guess what? According to a recent New York Times Fashion & Style article, long skirts, or Maxis, are now considered cutting-edge in the world of high fashion.
For someone like me, who only wears skirts that fall below the knee, this is great news. (At the very least, it means I wont have to pay my seamstress so much to take down all my hems.)
Now, if you're picturing scenes from Jane Austen novels, think again. The new trend is primarily urban flavored, toughened up with things like combat boots or biker jackets. It represents, according to the article, "a seductive — make that subversive — alternative to the jeans, leggings and showily girly micro-minis that pop up like ragweed with the first mild breeze."
Since I tend to associate long skirts with classiness and charm, terms like "seductive" and "subversive" initially caught me off guard. But all adjectives aside, this information felt like a breath of fresh air. Can it be that the cultural pendulum is swinging full-force towards modesty?
On a deeper note, I think the reason many women dress provocatively is that, in a world in which woman are constantly striving to compete with men, that's the only way they are able to express their femininity. Maybe, just maybe, this movement away from the in-your-face high-thigh mini-skirt to the more elegant and sophisticated, yet undeniably feminine, maxi speaks to an important paradigm shift. Perhaps more women are realizing that they don't have to show off their bodies in order to feel feminine. And that's really comforting.