I'm not sure if fashion dictionaries ever came out with a word for this style but if I remember correctly the hybrid of a skirt and shorts was called a "skort" so, in this case if we use the same wordplay then we come up with "skant, drant, and slant". Whatever you call it, this style was my JAM. I wore this look like I invented it. All throughout high school and well afterwards I was still doing the skirt over pants action (I mainly wore separates to create this look). I use to wear this style religiously in varying ways back in high school. I didn't think fashion trends recycled so quickly, but when I spotted that already fused together skirt pants I couldn't believe my eyes and actually had to do a double take to make sure what I was seeing was real, when I realized it was, I immediately made a mental note of it. There are some fashion trends that are very predictable and you can practically smell it in the air and so when it makes an appearance or resurfaces, it's not surprising at all, but not this one- at least for me. As I was flipping through the May issue of British Vogue a few days ago what do I see in the 'In Vogue' section? Yup, that's right. I thought I had to live a lot longer to see a trend like this come back around so I was a little surprised to see it making it's way back now (even though I've witnessed and participated in the rise of flannel in the 90's the rise of flannel in recent years). Seeing this style become a trend again has just slapped me upside the head by reminding me that I'm getting older (now, I can relate to my mom when she tells me that she remembers wearing some of the fashion and beauty trends she sees now). I remember it like it was yesterday, this one particular fashion magazine had a little section on the last page that questioned this skirt over pants fashion look as a Do or Don't. It was always one of those styles that had people scratching their heads like "Huh? Why would you wear a skirt over your pants?" But, honestly, I've always LOVED it. It's the layering factor that I like, but just like everything else if you over do it or just do it badly, of course it will look tacky (one thing I have to note is that during my heyday with the skirt over pants style I was living in a small town and so I wasn't aware of how the fashion mecca- New York, was handling this trend or if it ever even picked up, since I took my inspiration from my asian pop stars and the love of layering). I actually still sport this style but in a more sleek and modern version of the skirt over pants or dress over trousers look. Just when I was about to move on from my teenage versions of it, I see it all coming back to me now. I guess, I should just tell my mom to go ahead and send up those pieces from back home that I use to wear and hope that I still fit into them- maybe even better than I use to!
photo from harpersbazaar.com
photo from vogue.com