Skirt Extender & Floral Dress: Skirt Extender-palooza

 

Skirt Extenders

Here it is…anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about skirt extenders. I’ve had so many questions in regard to skirt extenders that I thought I would do a post exclusively about them…

THE STORY & THE OUTFIT

…Today it makes sense to combine both headings since the outfit is the story. So, what is a skirt extender exactly? It’s like a slip, but not. The difference is the hem. A slip may or may not have an inch or two of decorative lace at the bottom whereas a skirt extender has six to ten inches of lace (or chiffon or tulle) at the bottom. A slip is designed to give extra coverage under material that is sheer or semi-sheer and to help a skirt or dress to hang smoothly. A skirt extender can serve that purpose, but it’s true purpose is to add a little pop of pretty to the hemline of a skirt or dress. It also gives extra length to things that might otherwise result in an epic wardrobe malfunction. And nobody wants that. You don’t necessarily want your slip to be seen. I remember when I was little my grandmother would have a cow if her slip was showing. Oh…the scandal of it all. A skirt extender on the other hand is meant to be seen. Lace, chiffon and tulle just make everything a little bit prettier. And can’t we all use a little extra pretty in our lives?

I’ve styled each of my skirt extenders under tunic tops that would have to be worn with shorts, skinny jeans or leggings without the extender underneath. While each of the looks has a decidedly boho flavor to it, I promise you, they work just as well under a variety of other dresses and skirts. For example, last fall I wore a skirt extender under my brown shirt dress to give it a little extra somethin’. Perhaps that’s a post for another day…skirt extenders: the non-boho edition. Truth be told, I planned on including more looks, but let me tell ya, when I shot these photos yesterday it wasn’t even noon yet and it was 85 degrees and 91% humidity…91%!! I swear it was like breathing water. By the time I got to the photos with the black extender, my hair had morphed into something resembling an electrified dust bunny and there were raging rapids of sweat running down my back. Hence the use of shots of Tuesday’s outfit for the half slip style extender. I just couldn’t do it my friends…I love ya, but damn, it was hot.

THE TIP

Get a skirt extender. Or three. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

THE LINK UPS

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The cool thing about this mauve/blush extender is that it can stand alone as a dress. The cute pin tuck details and lace inset at the neckline make it special. In the winter I layered it under a long tunic sweater with otk boots. I was unable to find this color, but I found it in a plethora of other colors here, here, here and here.

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The tulle is what makes the difference here. It’s a nice change from the lace and it not only adds length, but gives you a little extra fluff at the hem of your skirt. Obviously this would be better suited paired with an a-line or tunic. I picked this one up from Sun, Sand And Stars. Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out, but I included the link to their lingerie page because they have others to choose from and this one may be restocked.

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This high/low chiffon extender from Grace and Lace is my hands-down favorite. It’s a light floaty confection and I feel like such a girly-girl whenever I wear it… And I wear this one often. The ivory color (which this is) is currently in stock in most sizes with a few shipping later in July. I am planning on picking it up in Stone, Black, and the Floral Print as well because seriously, this one is awesome.

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I don’t wear the black lace extender as often as the others, but I found I did need black from time to time so I picked this one up. There is currently a black half-slip version heading my way as we speak.

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Yes, this tunic/dress is trimmed in lace, but it’s a hair too short in the front for my liking so I layered the lace flounce half-slip extender from Grace and Lace underneath it. It’s hard to tell which lace is which, but the addition of the extra layer of lace made the hemline of the dress even more beautiful than it already was.

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31 Comments

  1. 07.8.2016 / 8:22 am

    I like the way these things look (pretty!) and, for a tall gal like me, they’d be useful. Normal-sized clothes look immodestly short on me.
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    • debbies
      07.8.2016 / 9:28 am

      They are a godsend Ally…you should definitely pick a few of them up!

  2. 07.8.2016 / 9:56 am

    They look so good together, I didn’t even know these things existed! Lovely.
    xx

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:11 pm

      I didn’t either until a year or so ago and now I’m addicted!

  3. 07.8.2016 / 11:05 am

    Well! Such a thing as this! Who knew “skirt extender” was even a THING! YOU did, of course! And now I’m coveting them…not seeing much in the way of plus-sized but I’ll keep searching.

    Sorry to hear soup-air has made its way to you. “Outside” is not a favorite of mine right now.

    Try and stay cool!

    Bettye

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:14 pm

      No…I’m not a fan of outside when it’s insanely humid or frigid cold. I’m an in-between kind of girl. The October Sicily site (linked under the black extender) has some options in XL, 2XL and 3XL.

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:15 pm

      They add so much versatility to you closet Nicole! 🙂

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:44 pm

      Yes, I do believe your closet needs a few…

  4. 07.8.2016 / 2:03 pm

    I Love the extenders you are wearing. And now you just showed us all a new must have piece of clothing. Thanks a Bunch!
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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:45 pm

      You are so welcom Neti! 🙂

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:45 pm

      Right?! When I first discovered them I thought they were genius!

  5. 07.8.2016 / 9:45 pm

    Again, I love the extenders. So very pretty and feminine. And, well, there’s the whole boho appeal.

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:47 pm

      Yep, they do give off a boho vibe, that’s for sure. That’s probably what first attracted me…

  6. 07.9.2016 / 7:39 am

    Debbie, you have no idea how excited I was to see this post! I really need to start accumulating some skirt/dress extenders, for sure! Being 5’8″, many dress are just too short for me! I started researching extenders just the other day and there are so many cute ones that I can’t even decide where to begin! I also found an adorable DIY project for skirt extenders…it involved thrifting old slips and using the lace and other trim from old curtains and bedding. I may try that first and see how I fare. I will keep you posted on my skirt extender journey. Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again next Friday. Have a fabulous weekend!

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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:49 pm

      Definitely let me know how the DIY goes Shelbee. I so wish I had more domestic skills then I do…lol!

  7. Fashionably Idu
    07.9.2016 / 10:21 am

    A pop of pretty at the hem line sounds amazing. I love just how pretty they look. I remember when you styled one last Fall and I fell in love with it. I don’t own one but wont pass one up when I come across it. Have a lovely weekend beautiful. Hope you are enjoying your Summer off.

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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:49 pm

      I am enjoying my summer and I hope you are as well!

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:50 pm

      You’re so welcome Samantha! You should definitely pick one up, I really think that you’d like it. 🙂

  8. 07.9.2016 / 11:57 am

    Deb, I love how you styled all 3 , especially live the lace extender. I have a cream shirtdress that is a bit light, this would look great as,a change of style. Thanks for sharing, they look comfortable😘
    Jessxx
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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:52 pm

      They do work really well under shirtdresses too. I actually just picked one up in cream too so I imagine I’ll be layering it over one of the extenders. 🙂

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:53 pm

      There are definitely worse things to be obsessed with! That’s how I ended up with so many…I got one and then it became kind of a thing…lol

  9. 07.11.2016 / 12:45 pm

    I am so grateful that you have expained and demonstrated how to use the slip dress that I’ve been seeing on Free People and not knowing how to get the look. I also appreciate the new shops you’ve introduced. Love your style and look forward to reading more!

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Angie! The lace/chiffon/tulle extenders definitely make it a whole lot easier to get that “Free People” look…which of course I love!

      • 07.12.2016 / 10:42 am

        Debbie,
        It’s nice to find another blogger over 40 who is into the bohemian style, like I am! My blog is still a baby, though. I admire your work!
        Angie
        http://www.yourtrueselfblog.com

  10. 07.12.2016 / 4:07 am

    Cool! I had never heard of such a thing, either. Usually I am hemming things shorter because I am petite, but these could be great with the tunics I wear – to make them more like dresses. I always love anything that increases a garment’s versatility, too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. 07.22.2016 / 6:49 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    You look lovely in all the various extenders. Thanks a million for the links! Grace & Lace has a beauty with floral chiffon ~ that just might be my next one.
    Laurie