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Knee-Length Skirts Are Back, Baby!

Make a Point of it Skirt by ModCloth


(buying via the affiliate links may result in Marcy getting more treats)

Cynthia:  They’re baaaaaaack!

Marcy:  What’s back?

Cynthia:  Knee-length spring skirts. I thought we’d be wrestling with mid-thigh skirts forever. My knees were getting so embarrassed.

Marcy (shuddering at the thought of Cynthia’s knees):  You think your knees were embarrassed, how about your cat?

Cynthia:  Well, you and my knees can rejoice because knee-length skirts is where it’s at. The beige chevron striped skirt I am wearing here is from ModCloth.



Cynthia:  It’s a cotton/linen blend. It sits at the waist and has pockets. It has a tendency to wrinkle (you know, linen) but not so much that I am put off by it. It’s super comfy, goes with everything and… it’s on sale for $34.99! Yeah, baby!

Cynthia performs a groovy skirt/sale disco dance while yelling “woot woot.”  Much to Marcy’s disgust.



Cynthia (still grooving):  Knee-length a-line skirts are always twirl-worthy and have a cool feminine 70’s vibe.

Marcy:  If you start singing Andy Gibb songs I’m leaving.

Cynthia stops suddenly. She takes a deep breath. She looks at Marcy with a sappy smile.

And then…

She scoops up Marcy.

Cynthia (singing an Andy Gibb song):  “I just want to be your everything…”

Marcy leaps off of Cynthia in a hissy fit and hides in the closet. She plans to stay there until Cynthia’s disco fever has ended.

Cynthia (calling after her):  Fine, Marcy. I don’t need to disco dance when there are knee-length spring skirts to buy!

Woot woot!

Okay, Awesome Readers, join me after the jump break for some shameless shopping for the best knee-length skirts this spring!

Marcy hisses.


                                        Skirt, Make a Point of it Skirt by ModCloth

                   Jacket, Anthropologie Inner Art Denim Jacket (similar here and here)

                          Blouse, Anthropologie Estrie Henley (similar here and here)

                                    Sandals, Anthropologie Miss Albright (similar here)


Six more super spectacular spring skirts!

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Pink, White, And Blue: My eShakti Review

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Cynthia in the Colorblock Stripe Poplin Skirt from eShakti

Cynthia:  Marcy! eShakti asked me to review one of their skirts for our blog. Isn’t that awesome?

Marcy (grumpily):  Hmpf. Could be dangerous.

Cynthia (surprised):  What? Why?

Marcy:  What if you don’t like it? What if it doesn’t fit? What if it isn’t your style?

Cynthia:  No chance. This is eShakti we’re talking about. The clothes are custom made to your specific measurements, height, and style. You get to pick the length and if you want pockets or not. Dresses even come with sleeve options.

I got the Color Block Stripe Poplin Skirt in Navy and Pink. It’s high waisted and a midi-length. I also think this would look fabulous at a knee-length or even above the knee.

Marcy:  You sound like an ad.

Cynthia:  Well, it is kind of. But you know, if I didn’t like my skirt I would have sent it back and not reviewed it. But I love it. It fits perfectly. And the pink on blue makes me smile.Marcy:  You sound like an ad.

Cynthia in the Colorblock Stripe Poplin Skirt from eShakti

Marcy:  Hmpf. So you’re selling out for free stuff now.

Cynthia:  Marcy. Calm down. You know I turned down the teeth whitening company, the tacky jewelry company, and the strange app company.

Marcy:  Hmpf.

Cynthia:  Oh and the hair loss company.

Marcy:  Hmpf. Probably should’ve taken the hair loss company up on their offer.

Cynthia (alarmed and patting her head):  Really?

Marcy:  Hmpf.

Cynthia:  I must applaud eShakti for providing affordable custom clothing for women of all sizes. They cater to sizes 0-36W. I mean, who does that? In their own words –

“At eShakti we never want to tell a woman her size is not available. We believe that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion that is made for them and makes them look their best.”

I think that’s really nice.

Marcy:  So it’s all flowers and sunshine. Hmpf.

Cynthia:  Marcy. No need to be cynical. You’re just jealous because Friskies hasn’t approached you to be in their ads.

Marcy:  Hmpf. It’s not fair that you get a skirt and I get nothing. I say nice things about Friskies all the time.

Cynthia:  If I could make one suggestion to eShakti it would be to please not ship with DHL. In my area, they are terrible and I have had packages either not arrive or sit on the driver’s truck for a week. My skirt did arrive promptly with no mishaps, but it made me nervous nonetheless.

Marcy:  Hmpf.

Cynthia:  Here. This will make you happy, Marcy. eShakti is offering everyone a discount code of 10% off their entire purchase and the code is… “marcies”!

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia: The 10% discount code “marcies” is good through July 30th, 2014. Details are below. So what do you think, Marcy? Pretty cool, hunh?!

Marcy:  Yeah. So why don’t you take your cute skirt out for a date at the grocery store. I need more Friskies. It’s almost dinnertime.

*Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.

Not applicable on previous purchases.

*eShakti can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter too!

The Mystery Of The Double Skirts: SOLVED

Awesome Nancy Drew Inspired Photo Photography By Hannah Betts

Cynthia:  So I put my Nancy Drew sleuthing skills to work and solved The Mystery of the Double Skirts.

Marcy:  So basically you put Freddy to work while you went shopping for shoes.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Shhhhh… I’m supposed to be Nancy Drew in this story. And anyway, husbands like figuring stuff out. It makes them feel heroic. Plus, when they are on a Superman high they don’t get cross-eyed when more shoes enter the house.

Marcy:  Ah ha! Interior motives. I love it.

Cynthia:  Ulterior.

Marcy:  Interior. I’m a house cat.

Cynthia:  Okay so here’s The Mystery of the Double Skirts … solved.

First Clue:  Ryu Collection is a clothing wholesaler.

Ryu Collection Spring/Summer 2014

Second Clue: They design clothes and sell them to retailers such as Anthropologie and ModCloth.

Third Clue: They’ve got the same quirky, feminine, and vintage aesthetic.


Ryu Collection

Fourth Clue: Consumers cannot buy directly from Ryu. They only sell in large batches. They promote them at retailer trade shows, on their website, and at their Los Angeles showroom.


Ryu Collection trade show advertisement

Guesstimate: My guess is that Anthropologie probably signed an exclusive contract for the skirts that lasted one season. They put the black striped skirt under their “house” brand, Maeve. When the contract was up, the design on the skirt was fair game and then ModCloth purchased the design. The same with the green striped skirt.

Final Deduction:  They ARE the same skirt – made by the same manufacturer and NOT a knock off.

Left: ModCloth, spring 2014  Right: Anthropologie, summer 2013

Cynthia:  Mystery solved. Now I want to run down to Ryu’s Los Angeles showroom and scoop up all of their pretty clothes.

Marcy:  Don’t do it, Cindy. Nancy Drew would never run screaming into an exclusive showroom to steal pretty clothes.



*Previous Post About The Doppelganger Skirts:

Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!


Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!


Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth
Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth

Cynthia:  I can’t believe it. A second chance! Two of Anthropologie’s skirts from last year –  that I fell in love with but did not purchase –  are now selling at ModCloth but under different designer names. At least I don’t think they’re knock-offs.  I think that they are the … exact… same …skirts.

Marcy:  Doppelganger skirts. I have one of those.

Cynthia:  A skirt?

Marcy:  No. A doppelganger.

Marcy smugly whips her tale.

Cynthia:  I am not even going to ask.

Marcy (chuckling knowingly to herself):  Yeah. You probably shouldn’t.

Cynthia:  The one above is Modcloth’s Make a Point of It Skirt. The one below is Anthropologie’s Spearmint Stripe Skirt from last summer. Love the green stripes and that it’s knee length.

Anthropologie’s Spearmint Strip Skirt from 2013

Cynthia:  This next one  is  Modcloth’s Cirque du Soiree Skirt by Ryu.

Ryu Cirque du Soiree skirt at ModCloth


Cynthia:  Which was Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve last summer. Maeve is an in-house Anthropologie brand.


Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve, 2013

Marcy:  Are you sure you’re speaking English? Or is this quirky human girl code?

Cynthia: It’s all quite confusing. I mean, are ModCloth versions knock-offs? Or are they the originals but are being sold under different companies? Who really is the designer then? Who, Marcy? Who? Is this some elaborate conspiracy to sell us old skirts? Are the skirts being moved down the retailer food chain? Will we see them at Old Navy in another year? Are ModCloth and Anthropologie – seeming enemies – incahoots?

Marcy:  This is just another way for the fashion industry to make you crazy. Like inconsistent sizing, ’80’s mom jeans looking cool on teenage hipsters, and rayon.

Cynthia:  I hate rayon. It makes me crazy.

Cynthia hunches over the computer pondering and tapping her foot.

Cynthia:  I should just get the skirts since I think they are so cute and was bummed out that I missed out on them last summer. Maybe they won’t be at Old Navy next year.

Marcy: You’re such a fashion gambler.


*The Mystery Of The Double Skirts:  SOLVED! Click here for the update!