Wednesday, February 3, 2010

To Hem or Not To Hem

To Hem or Not To Hem

Works Cited
red wool skirt: thrifted
sweater: philene's basement (don't know the brand...)
brown tights: target
brogues: steve madden
brown scarf: target

Can you tell that I'm head over heels in love with my brogues? Like many items in my closet, these brogues took a little warming up to but now I want to wear them with just about everything. Even though it is winter (read: freezing), the leather keeps me warm enough on days above about 10 degrees. Plus, if you haven't noticed, I LOVE brown. Brown is the nerd's black, and I wear it as a neutral with almost any color.

To Hem or Not To Hem

This skirt was an amazing boon at a quick trip to the thrift store this weekend. Christopher and I went on a mission to find him some stuff (he knows I have the magic touch in thrift stores) and in between finding Pendleton wool shirts and dress pants for him, I stumbled upon these two skirts--this one in red and its sister in gray. They are 100% wool, just my size, and in perfect condition. The thrifting angels are smiling down at me!

But the real question, my friends, is do I hem this or not? I hemmed another gray skirt over Christmas and got a little scissor-happy and ended up with a skirt just a tiny bit shorter than I like. But these skirts are sort of long and I worry that with their fabric and weight, they risk dowdiness when they fall to the knee. So honestly: what do you think? Hem a couple inches or leave as is?

51 comments:

Mikaela said...

personally i love knee-length skirts, that bold red color looks great in your outfit, and the length looks fine. i love the brown with the red!

ANA said...

Super cute skirt, what a great find! I think it looks good as it, but I tend to wear my skirts on the longer end. I like the length though.

- Ana

Diana said...

I think this skirt is a pretty good length, but it would look nice a couple inches shorter too. I usually prefer my hemlines to hit about 2 - 3 inches above the knee.

Larysse Tavares said...

Hem the gray one and let this orange as is. :)

About the brogues, don't worry. I love them too, hahaha, and I am so looking for a pair for me. You're just like Elaine from Clothed Much. I love they way she always dress wearing her black brogues and you look gorgeous with yours too. They're pretty :)

xoxox

Oranges And Apples said...

I love wool skirts! I would probably hem it, yeah. I have a wool skirt that needs shortened too, but i'm too scared to do it because it's such good quality and I don't want to destroy it. But if you dare, i would definitely give it a shot!

Sabrina said...

I agree with Larysee. Only hem one of them. I love the current length of the red/orange one and the fact that the way you belted it has given it a high wasisted effect.

Great finds! I wish I could find wool skirts in my size, I have been looking and no luck.

Catherine said...

I say hem! The gray skirt you did already looks great and a slightly shorter length would be a bit more wearable.

Moni said...

I love how you've styled it here with the belts, Plus, longer is warmer. Conclusion: leave it!

Sal said...

Another vote for hemming! It's a decent length now, but just a hair shorter would be even better.

Amy said...

I say, NO to hemming!" I think it is perfect just the way it is... and I love longer wool skirts. But, I do agree with the other ladies, if you do want to hem one...hem the gray one and leave this be. Also, I love how you are wearing it with the top peaking above the belt- very cute!

You always dress so well. I always enjoying each and every outfit you wear.

Much love,
Amy

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Jilliebeanie said...

Great red skirt! The current length is fine...I certainly wouldn't call it dowdy. However, it might increase the wear-ability of the skirt if it were shortened to your ideal length. Go for it!

I also find brown to be the superior neutral. ;)

Kristina said...

Hem it! Love the belt.

Law Girl said...

I'd hem it an inch or two so its above the knee. I love the color. And it looks great with the brown and black!

daisychain said...

I say leave the length!

Elaine said...

I say hem a couple inches above the knee. It will make your legs look super longer!

I love that bold red!!!!


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Simmsie said...

I would hem it. It would look cuter and more young.

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Katie said...

If you leave the length, I think the skirts will 'grow up' with your career more--they will always be OK for an interview/teaching/office etc, even when you're 30.

But if you want a fun one now, I would hem the orange one. Its a more funky color than gray anyway. Plus, you already have a short and lovely gray skirt, so keeping the new gray one long would let you have one in each length of the same color.

Jenni said...

Leave it AS IS! It's so cute, and you look great in it.

Charmalade said...

Love the brogues! haha, I like how you say "brown is the nerd's black." :D

I say you could hold off on the hemming now, maybe when it's warmer you can bring out the scissors. Whenever I find a skirt is too long, I try to hoist it up with a belt. Love! the color btw!

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Shop T.O. Live said...

I am normally a 'hem it' kind of person, but I think this red skirt actually looks great the length it is. Maybe because it is such a bold colour, it prevents it from being dowdy.

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Kristin said...

Another vote for leaving it from me, too. Having a couple skirts off of your usual length adds some fun variety - plus, it looks lovely on you, and the red keeps it fun and not dowdy at all.

Btw, loved your line about "brown is the nerd's black". I'm so with you on that! When it doubt, I wear/pair brown, too :o)

Emily Kennedy said...

Hrm. That is a really tough call. The length looks good on you in these pics, but I can also see the upsides of making it shorter. On the other hand, you already have a bright orange-red skirt that is short. Maybe this one could be your long one.

KT said...

I LOVE that belt - looks great with the skirt and shoes!
I would leave the skirt as-is. I think that hemming would make it more "of the moment" in fashion, but leaving it longer will let it remain classic. It's such a great color, by the way!

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

The nerd's black, love it! That made me laugh. Great finds on the skirt(s) too. I think the length is OK, but would look great an inch or two shorter too. Another great look today!

Fashion Therapist said...

I actually love the length the way it is. If you ever decide to wear heels with it, it will seem shorter.

Chelsea said...

What a dilemma! I LOVE the length you hemmed the gray skirt, so if it was up to me I'd hem your red skirt that short too! However, it is all about you and your comfort level, so I say take it up a few inches to a comfortable length. It'll show more of your awesome leg shape, increasing the flatter-factor and decreasing the potential dowdyness (not that I think it's dowdy how you're wearing it here!).

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I think it looks great as is. I say no to hemming. Right now it's a classic that will be versatile for professional life - teaching, conferences, meetings with committee members. If you hem it, yes, it will make your legs look miles long as Elaine said, but is that really what you want your students thinking about as you're trying to teach?

A-C said...

It looks like its just at the knee right now, but I'm not sure if its b/c you belted it higher or not. If its currently at your knee, then I would leave it alone or ONLY hem it an inch. But if its longer than at your knee, I would hem it so that its slightly above or at the knee. If you do hem it, make sure to leave enough left over fabric in case you want to make it longer a bit later.

jesse.anne.o said...

I always hem, personally. But I wear short skirts. I think you can really get away with either.

Since it's easier to hem than to UNhem, I would say DON'T for now and if you still want to after you've worn it a bunch of times, THEN do it?

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Love the skirt -- such a great find.
I think it's an ok length now, but if it would make you feel happier to hem it (and if you think you'd wear it more that way), I say go for it!

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

fromsneakerstostilettos said...

I love this skirt and the fact that you are a thrifting goddess right now! I wouldn't hem this skirt. I think that the bright red looks great at your knees. If you feel like you would wear it more than I saw hem it away though.

I also love that you said brown is the nerd's black... so true!

Lisa said...

What a great find! I wouldn't hem it, I think it falls very nicely on you. I like the scarf as well! Brown is a great anchoring color for the an outfit. Sometimes I think black can come across as too harsh.

Anna said...

You ARE lucky at thrifting; that skirt is adorable! I say leave it as-is. The knee length is much more versatile and professional. Plus, you could totally dress it up with heels for a different look.

juliamarisa said...

such an important question! i thrifted a pinkish burgundy wool skirt recently and am having the same dilemma. i don't think yours looks too bad. maybe just an inch or two?

Lulu said...

I think you can totally pull off this length...kind of how showing less is more! Shorter would be nice too but it's always nice to have skirts of different lengths! I love your outfit and your hair too :) It would be great if you could do a post/part of a post on thrifting and the like...you seem to have more luck than I do!

Julia said...

It looks great, but I think ~1-2 inches would look perfect!

Marta Castellanos said...

Love the vibrant red of your skirt!!And love how you are wearing this outfitt.
xoxo

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The Woollen Typist said...

I love the colour of your skirt...and the length it's at now goes really well with it and looks cute on you.

But then again...just a smidgeon shorter...so that it's just skimming the tops of your knees would look good too...but don't get too scissor happy. :)

Monique said...

I like the look because I think it's a little more conservative but in a 60s inspired Mad Men kind of way. Almost like a pencil skirt, but less fitted. Love the pop of color. Great find!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I'd leave it as is. I thinks its really pretty & I think the skirt looks very classy. If you want a shorter skirt buy another one. This one is lovely the way it is. I don't think it looks old or anything either cuz its such a vibrant color. Keep it!!

alltumbledown said...

I am totally wearing the same sweater today, also from Filene's! I like the hem as is, looks totally classy.
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SB said...

wow. this will be interesting. you will have to add up the hems vs the no-hems and see...could be a draw. I say hem. an inch or two...for shape.

Dottie said...

Ha, brown is the nerd's black :) I say don't hem.

E said...

I'm so obsessed with brogues right now, too! I love the return to such elegant footwear.

Jeni said...

The red in this is such a lovely, bright, youthful color that I think you should leave it at its current length. You'll be able to wear this to more "old people" events, where you want to look demure but still fresh.

piglet said...

Hmmm, I think the length of the skirt is fine as is. But it would totally a couple of inches shorter or even as a mini!
Ps I love how you always wear black as a neutral, it seems more warm and friendly or something!

bookwaif said...

I like the length it is, especially the way you've belted it.

futurelint said...

Gaa! I'm always torn on this too... I usually only want my thrifted pencil skirts an inch or two shorter than they already are and I worry about ruining them over an inch... I think it looks lovely as it is, so try it out for a while and if you never wear it or feel too dowdy wearing it, then hem away!

Clare said...

I think I'm head-over-heels with those brogues, too! And I'm just swooning over the color of that skirt!

Mj. said...

It cracks me up that you wrote "brown is the nerd's black". I plan to quote that as often as possible, if you don't mind.

According to the Lucky (magazine) Style Guide, that skirt is the perfect length for you!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Love the bright red skirt! you look so pretty with your braid too. Great outfit!

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