The Car Wash Skirt – Hot New Trend

| Nov 16, 2015
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car wash pleated skirtOwning something that you can throw on and feel instantaneously fantastic in is a key to fabulous style. And because we’ve noticed an influx of bold skirts over the last few seasons, including fringe iterations, fluted hems, and a-line minis, we wanted to know what the next “it” skirt will be, and we found it, particularly as no closet is complete without the presence of a statement piece.

Whether it’s a bright pink coat, a fishtail gown, or the subject of today’s article — a car wash skirt, which is essentially a skirt with separated pleats (get it? Car wash?). It’s perfect for showing a little skin without revealing too much. Think about how cute a car wash skirt would be when dressed up for a night out. You could also wear it with tights throughout fall for a warmer look. It’s versatile, flirty, and comfortable with endless variations.

Car wash skirts take the sophistication of preppy school girl pleats and add the flirty fun of slits. This combination makes car wash skirts the fall trend that adds a modern touch to a classic look. Because of the added slits, car wash skirts move fluidly with the body and give any look a little extra touch of spontaneity. Another plus of wearing car wash skirts? They are extremely flattering on almost any body type, because the vertical lines create the illusion of longer legs.

The trend of car wash skirts peaked around the ’90s and where pleats was an easy preppy piece, car wash skirts were the definition of sophistication at the time. Car wash skirts give a flattering look to your legs no matter what kind of body type you have. The skirt has slits in panels that gives an automatic feminine feel to your outfit. At the moment, widely known designers and brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta and of course, Christian Dior have incorporated this chic piece into their 2015 fall collections. So why not us, right?

But somewhere between the trend’s striking debut in New York and triumphant Parisian finale, we found ourselves wondering: how does such a refreshingly new silhouette fit into our old wardrobes? The solution, turns out, is filled with myriad outfit options — all easier than you’d expect.

Here are some new and modern outfit ideas for car wash skirts that you might want to try out now.

1. Create an easy and comfortable office outfit with car wash skirt by pairing it with a crisp short sleeved blouse and sleek strapped sandals. My advice is to go all-out sleek with your outfit, maybe have a car wash skirt made of leather. This way, the thick fringes themselves give a lot of femininity to the outfit.


2. Put on a thick large sweater and a maxi car wash skirt with slits all the way to the top. It’s even more fabulous if the skirt is in a bold print. The girl below made an excellent choice in what shoes to wear, wearing a neat white sneakers because it adds a lot to the casualness of the outfit without loosing the chicness to it.


3. This getup of bold printed blouse matched with a lightweight black car wash skirt and a bright heels is an ideal date outfit for the summer. The abstract prints of the blouse with hues of pink, purple and red and the bold colored heels gives off a flirty and playful feel while the neutral colored car wash skirt tones them down with a romantic vibe.


4. This maxi car wash skirt is so great as a swimsuit cover up and the pleated slits gives such an amazing statement to the skirt. You can also wear a form-fitting crop top on the top half and you’d still have a fabulous and easy summer outfit.


5. A very easy everyday look with car wash skirt is by pairing it to a cute tank top and a pair of sandals. You could never go wrong with this outfit.


6. When sporting an all-out black or white outfit, donning a car wash skirt will add enough texture to the attire and you want that. While not entirely imperative, texture is something you want to consider putting in a monochromatic outfit so as not to make the ensemble too boring and bland.


7. You can also construct the “contrasting material” scheme with car wash skirt by putting on one that is made of something lightweight and breezy like cotton and matching that skirt with a top made of heavier material such as leather jackets and denim.


8. If you are not yet ready to show that much legs in this thick fringe hemlined skirt, there are car wash skirts with a layer underneath or you could wear a skirt underneath yourself. You’d still be able to wear car wash skirt and keep modest.


9. Otherwise, you can also have a car wash skirt wherein instead of slits in the pleats, there are sheer underlay. It’s super cute and sophisticated and sexy at the same time.


Want some more ideas take a look at these car wash skirts on Pinterest.

For those needing some ideas on how to actually put outfits together, here are some further ideas.

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If you like this article, you might also enjoy Fringe Fashion and the Plus-Size Fashion Myth


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Tasi was a transgender, married, lifelong crossdresser. She passed away in late 2018. She’s the founder of the Ladies of the Blue Ridge transgender group in Roanoke VA, a prolific writer, commentator and blogger including fashion articles for Tri-Ess, TG Reporter, Repartee, and Pretty T-Girls magazine. Tasi currently resides in Merida, (Yucatan) Mexico. Her new website, Sister House and her blog, the Fashionable TG Woman are dedicated to fashion and style for the transgendered woman. Tasi’s book, "Top Ten Fashion Mistakes By Crossdressers and How To Fix Them" is available on Amazon or on her site free to subscribers.

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