Thursday, March 10

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National Skirt Day is March 10th. Will you be wearing yours?

First a bit of history on the skirt, it’s far older than you might imagine! The oldest known skirt was woven from straw, and was discovered in Armenia, and was known to have been worn by men and women alike. This was just the beginning of a long and storied history of a garment to shock and amaze people throughout the world. So what’s a skirt you ask? Why, it’s a garment that hangs from the waist down, and can most often be identified by the fashionably challenged as “That bit of cloth what hangs from the waist down on a dress, if there were no ‘top-part’ to the dress.”

The most shocking of all skirts, the mini-skirts, has a surprisingly long history. Mini-skirts are known as those that just barely cover the buttocks, and were first worn by the Don Quan Mian culture in medieval times. On the other end of the spectrum is the massive and voluminous skirts that existed in various cultures, sometimes with a diameter of 3 meters around the base. Skirts have certainly seen their share of range, haven’t they?

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But why “National Skirt Day”? This is in part due to a film known as La Journée de la jupe, during which a “skirt day” was proposed in response to the cultural restrictions of the setting of the film. Such a request was formally put to the French Minister of Education, wherein all women would be permitted to wear skirts to school.

Celebrating National Skirt Day is pretty simple, as you might imagine! Male or female, dig into your wardrobe (or your partner’s!) and find a skirt to wear, and go about your day adorned in it. If you really want to kick it up a notch, you can design and sew your own special skirt for the day, or simply adorn one with buttons and other accessories to really strut your own personal style.

Another way to celebrate National Skirt Day is by wearing a novelty skirt. If you take a look online, you will see that there are many different novelty skirts that you can purchase today. This includes skirts that are based on different eras, as well as skirts that are decorated based on cartoon characters. Why not add a little bit of fun to your wardrobe on National Skirt Day and wear something that no one would expect you to?

Paris Themed Skirt | The Vintage Traveler

You can also spend some time learning about the skirt and the history of this garment. You will be fascinated to discover how skirts have developed over the years, as well as the different trends that were loved throughout different eras. The skirt can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, and it was actually men who wore them, not women! They were called the Shendyt, and they were basically a wraparound skirt that was created using flax – a type of linen that was locally sourced. The airy, lightweight material was ideal for the hot and humid weather in Egypt. 

You will be able to see plenty of photographs of skirts throughout the ages. In the Middle Ages, fuller skirts were worn and they were often sewn to the bodice. You then had less trimmed and less restrictive skirts in the 19th century, as women became more active. Of course, flash forward to the 20th century and we have seen some iconic looks, with the humble skirt being taken to new levels.

From A-line skirts to flapper style skirts, there are so many exciting trends that have made their mark over the past few decades. Why not post some of your favorite skirt flashbacks and get your friends involved too? You could even invite some loved ones around to have a few drinks with one necessity on the dress-code: wear a skirt!

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