Over the New Year, Valerie of Australian reproduction vintage stockist Call Me Valerie and I were discussing our love for this skirt from Emmy Design Sweden’s Autumn / Winter 2020 ‘Collegiate Collection’, and she shared that it reminded her of Adaline Bowman in the film Age of Adaline. A vintage silhouette that blends seamlessly into a more modern day wardrobe, the Sweetest Swing Skirt is fitting for any old-soul Adaline haunting a modern world.
I love Adaline’s wardrobe throughout the different eras of her life – its the perfect example of incorporating styling elements and silhouettes from one era into a more modern wardrobe without going ‘full vintage’. While this skirt will slip right into a 1940s-50s true vintage lover’s sartorial repertoire, it’s also a stunningly timeless piece for those who love post-war aesthetics but aren’t looking to dive right in the deep end of vintage fashion.
Whether you are looking for a darling high quality winter skirt to pair with thick cable knits and boots, or a classic cinched waist silhouette for your flowing bishop-sleeved blouses and oxfords, the Sweetest Swing transforms an outfit with old-world grace and charm.
Wearing my standard Emmy size, the waist of the Sweetest Swing Skirt is not at all tight on me, but thanks to the clever cut my waist still has that era-appropriate ‘nipped in’ look. Unlike Emmy’s Jazzy A-Line Skirt from previous collections, there is substantially more body to the Sweetest Swing, with it being just short of a full circle. Normally I shy away from circle skirts, and I don’t wear petticoats – the delightful floofiness of the additional fabric around my waist isn’t my personal style. However, the fullness of this skirt doesn’t hit right from the waist – the genius panel design creates a smooth drape down from the waist over the stomach, not filling out till it reaches the hips. This design is flattering and extremely comfortable on me, and I love the post-war volume the skirt provides without drowning me in fabric or the need for a petticoat.
I am wearing a Size 36, which has a waist measurement of 68cm (roughly 26.8inches), so it’s slightly larger than my current waist measurement. Thanks to the button & tab design of the waistband closure, it is very easy to adjust the waist of the skirt a few centimetres to get a perfect fit. Alternately, the waistband also features four sturdy belt loops suitable for thicker Emmy Design Sweden belts. I was also thrilled to find two generous pockets hidden in the side seams. Hooray!
This particular Sweetest Swing Skirt is a pine green combed wool fabric consisting of 59% wool, 29% polyester and 2% spandex. The skirt is not lined, so I’d recommend wearing a slip underneath for added comfort if you have Fibromyalgia or sensitive skin.
The pine green Sweetest Swing Skirt can be found on Aussie Emmy stockist Call Me Valerie‘s online store now. The Sweetest Swing is also available in art deco wool, blue stripe and brown stripe. If you’re in Australia, get in touch with the darling Valerie and she might just be able to Special Order these colours in your size…
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I am wearing the Sweetest Swing Skirt in Size 36 with the following measurements:
Bust: 33″ / Waist: 26″ / Hips: 38″ / Height: 5’8″
Any questions? Leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
These images were created in collaboration with Call Me Valerie, Australia’s home of high quality reproduction vintage and stockist of Emmy Design Sweden. The above review is my own personal thoughts on the garment, with links provided for the convenience of the reader.