I've broken it down into a few simple questions to assist one in determining if a trend is 'the shit' or just plain shit. It also helps me choose between a serious splurge and the budget friendly option.
Take the hi/lo skirt, for instance. I'm avoiding the temptation to call it a mullet skirt (but please know I really want to).
Q: Is it appropriate for day and night (i.e. work and weekend)?
A: I don't consider the hi/lo skirt to be office appropriate by my standards.
Q: Can it be worn year round? (i.e. Does it work with a pair of black tights or a long sleeve underneath?)
A: Sure, if the right color or print is selected, a hi/lo skirt can definitely be worn through the seasons. I would style it with booties and black tights in the winter, and and open-toed ankle straps with bare legs in summer.
3. Wardrobe Assimilation
Q: Does it work with pieces that I already own? (i.e. I don't have to buy something else in order to wear this.)
A: Yup. I have a simple silk racerback tank that could be tucked in. I can also see it paired with a fabulous menswear inspired blazer.
Q: Will I still wear this 5 years from now? Okay, 5 years is a stretch, but you get me, right?
A: I'm not convinced that this trend will still be considered fashionable years from now. In fact, I can imagine the hi/lo skirt falling the way of stirrup pants and puffy vests. Wait... were puffy vests ever considered fashionable?
Verdict: 2/4. Like it... but not splurge-worthy. Essentially, the hi/lo is a trend, not a closet staple.
I found a fantastic version at Zara for around $40 that fits oh so perfectly into my going-out wardrobe.
|Zara hi/lo skirt paired with black tights and booties.|