As a working mother, I need to wear clothing that looks great in the office and is comfortable when I’m crawling around on the floor with the kids or making dinner, doing laundry, supervising bath time…you get the idea. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking that the best item would be a plastic, stain-repellent mu-mu. Which would be practical, of course, except that I don’t think my coworkers (or my husband) would appreciate the style statement. Fortunately for me, there is something that is stylish, comfortable and entirely wearable- my long black skirt. I seriously love my long black skirt. It disguises my relatively wide hips (as black fabric tends to do), it hangs properly in all the right places (as cotton tends to do), and it matches absolutely everything (well, except for maybe my favorite black shirt, but that’s a story for another time).

There’s no question that I enjoy wearing knee-length skirts, but if I had to choose my favorite cut, I’d choose long skirts hands-down. Why, you may ask? To make a long story short (pardon the pun), I’ve found that at times straight short skirts make it difficult to sit comfortably on the floor when I’m playing with my children. A long skirt, on the other hand, allows just the right amount of movement and coverage at all times. It’s also great as a crutch for my son who is just learning how to pull himself up. If I wore more short skirts, I’m sure he’d be months behind as he’d have nothing to grab hold of!)

The long black skirt that I wear most frequently has a slight flare at the bottom which allows for easy maneuvering and is tailored at the top to create a completely professional look. Because the waistline is discreet and not bulky like that those on skirts with belt loops or designed waist-lines, it can be worn with nearly any type of shirt. Equally importantly, my favorite long black skirt looks fantastic with nearly any type of shoes. In the summer, my sandals look fantastic with the slightly billowy skirt brushing over the sandal straps. In the winter the skirt looks great with both boots and other close-toed shoes. I wouldn’t wear it with sneakers, but then again, I seldom wear sneakers unless I’m on the treadmill, so I guess that’s irrelevant.

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