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Skater skirts and dresses look to heat up the spring

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:55 p.m.
Frenchi laser cut skater dress ($42), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM
Frenchi laser cut skater dress ($42), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
Speechless embellished lace bodice skater dress (juniors, $66), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM
Speechless embellished lace bodice skater dress (juniors, $66), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
Olsenboye floral print skater skirt ($42), at J.C. Penney stores and jcpenney.com
J.C. PENNEY
Olsenboye floral print skater skirt ($42), at J.C. Penney stores and jcpenney.com
Black pleated skirt ($64.95), at Gap stores and gap.com
Black pleated skirt ($64.95), at Gap stores and gap.com
Stripe flared skirt ($54.95), at Gap stores and gap.com
Stripe flared skirt ($54.95), at Gap stores and gap.com
Pleated skater skirt from S.o.R.a.d. Collection by Awesomeness TV (juniors, $40), at Kohl's stores and kohls.com
KOHL'S
Pleated skater skirt from S.o.R.a.d. Collection by Awesomeness TV (juniors, $40), at Kohl's stores and kohls.com
Candies scalloped striped skater dress (juniors, $58), at Kohl's stores and kohls.com
KOHL'S
Candies scalloped striped skater dress (juniors, $58), at Kohl's stores and kohls.com
Aliz crisscross skater dress by Greylin ($104), at edressme.com
EDRESSME.COM
Aliz crisscross skater dress by Greylin ($104), at edressme.com
Aliz crisscross skater dress by Greylin ($104), at edressme.com
EDRESSME.COM
Aliz crisscross skater dress by Greylin ($104), at edressme.com
'Sweet Your Heart Out' skirt ($49.99), at modcloth.com
MODCLOTH.COM
'Sweet Your Heart Out' skirt ($49.99), at modcloth.com
'Crest and Relaxation' dress ($54.99), at modcloth.com
MODCLOTH.COM
'Crest and Relaxation' dress ($54.99), at modcloth.com
Ted Baker London stretch skater dress ($248), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM
Ted Baker London stretch skater dress ($248), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
Frenchi laser cut skater dress ($42), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM
Frenchi laser cut skater dress ($42), at Nordstrom Ross Park Mall and nordstrom.com

A hot trend with ice appeal is the skater skirt. And you don't have to be Olympic bronze-medalist Gracie Gold to look good in it.

Skater skirts and dresses are fun, flirty and feminine, says Joanne Stoner, founder of edressme.com.

“The cinched waist and flared skirt make a woman feel and look good, without sacrificing comfort or style,” Stoner says. “Skater dresses and skirts are easy to wear and are universally flattering, as they complement just about all body shapes.”

Skater dress lengths can range from mid-thigh to knee-length to midi. A woman should always choose a length that not only complements her body, but also is appropriate for the event she is wearing it to.

For example, a pear-shaped woman should opt for a knee-length style, while a woman with a fit, petite frame can go for a shorter hemline to show off toned legs. Likewise, a shorter dress can be worn for a night out with the girls, while a knee-length or midi style would be more appropriate for a work or family function.

“You think of skaters when you hear this style ... because, when they are on the ice performing, the skirt or dress moves as they twirl,” says Lynette Pone McIntyre, fashion market director for Lucky magazine. “But what we are seeing is a longer, midi length, which is a fresh take on the skater skirt and skater dress trend.”

Wear a button-down shirt with a midi-length skirt and a cardigan that comes to the bottom of the skirt and a pair of booties — plus tights for those final days of winter — and you will be office appropriate, McIntyre says. A shorter silhouette is best on weekends, worn casually with a flat shoe to balance the look. Under a pullover sweater, a skater skirt is a perfect layering piece.

Find the latest choices at ASOS, Topshop and Elizabeth and James, McIntyre says.

“You will see them in all kinds of prints and colors, and in different types of fabrics,” McIntyre says. “Find what you feel comfortable in.”

InStyle magazine suggests wearing the longer version that McIntyre is talking about with more graphic pieces, like a striped top, a bold bag and textured heels. For a shorter hem, which is more playful, go with a top in an animal-print style and strappy flats that showcase your pedicure when spring arrives.

The silhouette comes in a variety of fun fabrics, Stoner says. While machine washable stretch ponte and scuba knits seem to be most popular, skater dresses can be found in woven crepe, silky chiffon and embroidered lace. Trendier styles feature materials like leather and faux leather, illusion mesh, stretch velvet and allover beads and sequins.

“The beauty of the skater dress is that most can be worn year-round, and can be accessorized to achieve a woman's desired look,” Stoner says. “During warmer months, skater dresses look best when paired with stud earrings, a fun bangle and a cute pair of flats or heels. In the fall and winter, skater dresses can be worn with a cropped moto jacket, tights and ankle booties for a chic cold-weather look.

“A skinny belt can also be added to accentuate the fitted waist, and to give the dress a more polished look. Also, a fun statement necklace can instantly make a casual dress dressier, while adding the perfect dose of sparkle and edge.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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