TREND ALERT: The Maxi Skirt Shows Off Its Versatility This Spring.

Ever since the 1920’s, the long skirt has had a rough road.  Competing against the shorter, more revealing styles, the maxi skirt almost went extinct many times, but has pulled itself back from the brink.  Today, the maxi skirt is coming back in many forms.  These long skirts are great for all seasons, but are taking Spring by storm.

Here, this young woman is wearing a black maxi skirt that all but covers her brown cowboy boots. With the frigid winter air still in the area, she paired her maxi skirt with a tan leather jacket and a grey linen scarf. Her bright yellow animal print bag plays well against the black of the skirt, giving a big pop of color.

On another chilly day, this woman wore her grey, jersey maxi skirt with grey leggings and ivory Converse All-Stars. On top she wore a belted olive drab field jacket and a black beanie covering her box braids. A very casual, yet hip outfit for walking around New York City.

This young woman sports a very comfortable looking, jersey maxi skirt, with horizontal stripes. Her black Birkenstock clogs cohere to the black stripes of the skirt. The orange tee, keeps with the comfortable motif and also adds a nice touch of color.

This young lady walking her dog in Central Park, knows how to dress for a scorcher. An airy, black chiffon maxi skirt and thong slippers are a great pair when fighting off the heat. When united with a loose semi-sheer jersey tank, the ensemble reflects that of a Bohemian artist. The beaded choker, floral headband and messy bun only add to the affect. A great outfit for any hot day in New York City, or pretty much anywhere for that matter.

This buxom brunette looks as though she just walked out of the Riviera. Her flowing, tiered, white linen maxi skirt, is something straight out of the Mediterranean Region. Her bright red, spaghetti strap tank accentuates her bosom and the belt creates a narrower and higher looking waist. The man watch is also a nice touch.

Life Has Really Become A Drab (An Olive Drab)!

A girl sports an olive drab trench, while standing under a tree in Central Park.

Olive drab is the new pink!  No longer is it reserved for Vietnam Veterans or rebellious teens, as clothing companies make the military color their own.

Dating all the way back to the end of the 19th century, olive drab is a well known, yet dull color.  The word “drab” literally means, “Lacking in brightness or interest; drearily dull.”

In the beginning of the 20th century most military powers began moving away from the bright colored uniforms of years passed, and into an age of camouflage.

However it wasn’t until World War II, when practicality prevailed, that the modern Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) began to take shape.  Though not designed by Hugo Boss, like the German SS uniforms, the US field uniforms were simple and sensible.

The most popular, and well known, field jacket was born in 1965.  The Vietnam era M-65 was not only worn by those fighting the war, but by those protesting it as well.  Photographs of people like Abby Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Country Joe McDonald wearing the M-65 while protesting the war in Vietnam circulated the globe in the 1960’s.  This media recognition of the protestors and Vietnam veterans in their olive drab field jackets really set a trend for years to come.

The olive drab field jacket was seen as a statement of opposition, and was eagerly picked up by the punk rock movement.  Adorned with spikes, safety pins and patches, the field jacket became a platform on which to express one’s rebellion.  After the punk scene died down, however, the iconic olive drab field jacket seemed to be lost in oblivion.

Since I began taking pictures for this blog, I have noticed, more and more, the reemergence of olive drab.  In my past two outings, alone, I have seen, pants, shirts, overcoats, and the old standby field jacket all cast in Olive Drab.  Olive Drab is the new color this year as designers dip back into the closets of their youth and rework an icon.

This mother/daughter pair don similar olive drab coats, while taking a seat on the risers in Time Square.

This girl paired olive drab cargo pants with brown leather combat boots, to give an authentic, yet stylish, appearance.

This gentleman wears a waterproof olive drab jacket over his suit; keeping him warm and dry, while waiting for the bus.

A Gucci messenger bag gives a touch of refinement, while wearing an olive drab trench.

This olive drab shirt is perfect for this time of year. Wear the sleeves long when it's cold, or roll them up when it gets hot.

A teal cowl neck sweater accentuates the olive drab, creating a warmer look.