This is the post concerning that! At first-- as with all my posts-- I had trouble finding that photo of my tangled-up (aka, marrying buttons with holes that weren't their mates) skirt which I had taken before since I knew it would be hard to recreate again. But since I couldn't find it during the end of the semester, I tried to redo it using a diagram I drew when I unbuttoned it.
Problem with that was that I didn't number the order in which the buttons were done up in (which I found out was important).
I spent like a few hours just sitting in my dorm looking at my skirt so confused like, "how did I do that before?! There's only 7 buttons!" But when you take into account the order, there's really something like 5040 ways to do it [7x6x5x4x3x2x1...at least I think that's how combination math goes] And that's not taking into account doubling up two buttonholes with one button, buttons that weren't buttoned etc, buttoning backwards or forwards, and the folding complications.
Anyway, basically it was really really complicated and late last night I was trying to recreate the magic again, even though I knew it would be futile as before. Finally, it occurs to me 2 hours later [well I was also talking to friends at the same time] to check in the trash bin on my desktop, and lo and behold I find my warped united bamboo photo! Such joy! And even with the photo and seeing how I did it, I couldn't even redo it and so I gave up and was like, "well, ____ [insert any verb] this".
I would even show you the little diagram I made but I threw it out at the end of the semester since it was kind of useless! Also, after the countless twisting and pullings of the buttons due to my constant efforts to recreate what was lost, the skirt was no longer the same and a lot of the buttons are loose now, even despite my best efforts to tighten them. sad :( It's my only united bamboo piece!
So I got to give some love to dreamecho for having tackled the button-up skirt a while back. I always wanted to try to mix up a button-up skirt (I mean it's just dying to be switched up!), but I was like, "eh it'd probably turn out silly and amateur... in a bad way" but when I purchased the skirt [one size too large, which is actually good for mixing it up] a while back at a Creatures of Comfort sale ($40) I said to myself, "If dreamecho did it, I can brave myself to do it!"...and the rest is history.
Believe it or not, that was just a side story! The real deal is, as the title explains, the anti-skort. I don't even know if that's the appropriate name for "a skirt that gives off the impression of shorts". But if I try to combine the word skirt+short in the other way, I get "shirt" which is pretty lame.
My "anti-skort" is real simple: just a little kind of solid one-pleat crease in the front that makes a skirt give off the impression of shorts. This came about since I was really sad that I was mutilating my precious united bamboo piece and I didn't want to stress out the buttons anymore and I was frustrated with trying to recreate the wrapping/warping I did, so I tried for something less complicated but still "warped" (aka, wearing it in a way the garment was not intentionally made to be worn in), creating: the anti-skort.
How to do the anti-skort? Simple! Take your button-up skirt, and instead of buttoning the holes over the top of the button, fold over -inward- the row of buttons, and button it up through the holes and in the end the front of the buttons should be facing the inside of the skirt. IRON the crease! [I didn't, but in retrospect it would have been better] (FYI DIY: I suppose you could do it with a normal stiff skirt--mine is like slightly stiff denim cotton material-- and just iron the single pleat really well or you could even permanently stitch it into place).
The whole philosophy behind this anti-skort is kind of strange, since the purpose of a "skort" is primarily to make girls feel more comfortable with wearing skirts and not accidently showing anything.
The anti-skort...is not the same; it's obviously not a short, it doesn't look like a short from the back (unless you did the same one-pleat in the back) and from the front they would only truly be convincing if you were wearing a long top to cover up the crotch area as you see on the right. And since it involves a button-up skirt they are normally mentally less comfortable because um, between the rows of buttons, there are spaces, and if you sit down in a certain way, people can see your skin and maybe unmentionables through the side.
To protect against any "unwanted peek-a-boo" with the button-up anti-skort-- and so it better maintains its shape-- you can secure each gap between the buttons on the skirts interior with a medium-large paperclip (clip the two fabric sides together..you'll understand if you try it) and that you could not do with a wearing a button-up skirt like normal (there would be no fabric to clip together). Just make sure that you don't try to stretch TOO much that paperclips will start flying everywhere and your coworkers will think you've been trying to steal office supplies in your skirt.
In conclusion, there really is no purpose to the anti-skort. It's just a tongue-in-cheek, whimsical play on a skirt.
I call this the, "I feel like I need to have something white on my neck and all I have is this belt" outfit.
[loose large garcon tee $10 -sample sale. white belt, came with a jumpsuit. don't ask]
[white tank, vintage red oleg cassinis, U/O stretchy gold scale belt, white converse, mom's beachcomber necklace on my head]
Close-ups of the waist [FYI, a tight stretchy belt will help better keep the shape of your anti-skort. and will also give a mini paper-bag waist effect]
Under-dressed. Get it? Ha ha! ha. sorry.
[one size too big H&M trapeze dress, on sale $20]
I really like this sort of accordion shape that I stressed with the dress.
[the buttons weren't very happy with me at this point and I was tired of fussing with them]
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