“If I were you” he said, leaning towards me “I would wear a really short skirt for the interview. It will make a positive impression on the interview panel”.
I looked at him with horror “But I have terrible legs and also, won’t they think that I am a complete slut if I turn up with a mini skirt?” He thought for a moment “There is a risk” he said “That you might come across some women on the panel who will take a dim view of a short skirt but” he said pausing for emphaisis “it is well worth the risk if you get a couple of dirty old men on the panel”.
Dear readers, I ignored my friend’s advice and wore a knee length skirt. I lost that job to a young, extremely handsome gay man. Perhaps the short skirt would therefore have made no difference whatsoever but I will never know.
Since that day I do wonder about skirt lengths and whether or not it is a bad idea to wear a very long skirt. At the moment the maxi dress is popular again. Maxi dresses literally cover a multitude of sins. Do they similarly cover up any vestige of allure that a women possesses?
My husband is firmly in the maxi skirt length camp – in his opinion the maxi dress is intriguing and divine. He tells me that (on me) what is hidden is more interesting than what is displayed constantly. For many men, however, the display of vast amounts of leg flesh is extremely appealing.
Personally, I do love a long skirt. I find longer lengths regal and elegant and ladylike. That said, you do have to match a long, long skirt with an appropriate shoe. The caged ankle/gladiator style boots that are currently in vogue appear to be a good match.
This morning I was pleased to find that I found another maxi skirt fan – I was late for my train and the carriage doors had just closed. The conductor however, caught a glimpse of my ankles as I clattered down the station steps, and shouted “Hey darling, quick over here!” and opened the train doors just for me.