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Why Hobble Skirts?

The Little Black Hobble Skirt collection now has its own online shop

Tight skirts and shoes with stiletto heels are made for one another, as our photo below perfectly illustrates. See how the rear curve of the shoe echoes the rear curve of the wearer in her tight skirt?

Genuine non-stretch Hobble Skirts with no unattractive splits or vents, beautifully narrow and restricting at or below the knee, are difficult to find in mainstream shops. Companies which mass-produce for the general public fear that not everyone has the patience to wear them. It was therefore logical to meet the demand by producing a collection of Hobble Skirts, made to the customer's own measurements for maximum effect. This has proved so popular it is now an independent business.

Sarah of RoSa in 1960s style knee length hobble skirt in black crepe

 

Hobble Skirts are, as you would expect, more restricting to wear than ordinary straight "pencil skirts". Because the movement of your legs is limited, you walk from the knee, taking short steps and using a more exaggerated hip motion. Practice is needed - but the result is very attractive.

Experience tells us that the restriction of a tight skirt feels more manageable when combined with very high heels. Tight skirts and high stiletto heels were originally designed to work together. When you try on your Hobble Skirt, even without shoes, you'll instinctively walk on tiptoe, as if wearing heels. It just feels natural.

[ Concerning the word "hobble" in the context of the Hobble Skirt: a woman walking correctly in a Hobble Skirt does NOT hobble. This incorrect usage conveys an unattractive idea, contrary to the elegance of the garment. Her narrow skirt acts as a hobble around her legs. It's the skirt which does the hobbling. The wearer does not hobble - she is hobbled by her skirt. ]

The Hobble Skirt in everyday life

Women wear Hobble Skirts for a variety of reasons - to make themselves feel wonderful, to attract male attention, to dumbfound less adventurous rivals, to provoke controversy, to laugh in the face of ridicule, and to antagonize those sad, unfortunate members of the conservative "fashion police" who express outrage at any hint of impracticality or eroticism  in women's clothing. In short, the Hobble Skirt makes a Statement.

In the world of entertainment, the seductive gait imposed by a Hobble Skirt means that its wearer remains the focus of an audience's attention that little bit longer - one very good reason why a performer will often choose to go onstage wearing a skirt in which she can barely walk.

In the workplace, the Hobble Skirt represents empowerment. A female executive wearing a Hobble Skirted business suit and high stiletto heels exudes efficiency. Although her physical capability is reduced, the respect commanded by her dynamic appearance makes her life easier - she is obviously not a member of staff who would be called upon to undertake menial or strenuous tasks.

The Hobble-Skirted woman dictates the pace. She cannot and will not be hurried. The world waits for her. Her narrow skirt inconveniences her, yet simultaneously enhances her personal style, dignity and charisma.  

Sarah of RoSa in 1950s style calf-length hobble skirts in black twill suiting
 

In a Hobble Skirt, you must move and behave differently. You have to walk as the skirt tells you to walk, either gliding along with short quick steps, or sauntering suggestively along if time is on your side. You don't just wear a Hobble Skirt, you perform in it. You can play on the elegance, the comedy or the sexuality - your choice. This takes practice, skill and patience but it always looks delightful - and the results are worth any inconvenience.

Contrary to the claims of fashion “experts” concerning the clothing requirements of the (allegedly) more active modern woman, life has inadvertently become better-suited than ever to the wearing of Hobble Skirts.

After all, it's the 21st century. When was the last time you had to climb a high step to board a bus or train? Just how difficult is it to drive to a multi-storey car park and walk around a smooth-floored indoor shopping mall? It's so much easier to get around these days.

If you do ever need to move quickly in a narrow skirt, simply break into a graceful (and aerobically beneficial) trot. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, the sight of smartly-dressed women running to catch buses or trains in their tight skirts and stiletto heels was the highlight of the daily commute.

Once you have grown accustomed to it, we think you will actually enjoy the elegant sensation of feeling hobbled by your skirt. You'll be pleasantly surprised, and occasionally amused, by the reactions it provokes. 

The "Little Black Hobble Skirts" are a long way from what so many High Street shops sell as “pencil skirts” - those corporate-looking, unexciting, straight, excessively stretchy items of clothing, with their unsightly and unnecessary splits or vents, advertised as offering “freedom of movement”. One wonders what kind of movement the manufacturers envisage – the Can-Can, perhaps, or the Steeplechase?

What the fashion industry and its various commentators currently seem unable to comprehend is that tight skirts are supposed to change how you walk and move. The subtle little manoeuvres you must learn to accomplish in order to go about your daily routine are what makes a restricting Hobble Skirt so eternally fascinating, to both wearer and admirer alike. You will soon develop the ability to cope calmly and elegantly with an item of clothing so obviously impractical and challenging to wear.

Wearing your Hobble Skirt may occasionally present you with interesting problems to solve, but once you have your walk and your attitude sorted, you’ll be fine. American fashion journalist Edith Russell successfully escaped the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 despite, as she later described in a radio interview, being almost immobilized by her new full-length Paris Hobble Skirt (the first item she grabbed from her cabin wardrobe en route to the lifeboats). We're sure you'll survive in rather less demanding circumstances.

Just work that wiggle, accept that you must walk as your Hobble Skirt dictates, and take a little extra care on stairs, which should, of course, be avoided whenever possible (there's usually an escalator, mobility ramp or elevator in most public places these days - unless, like Zahia Dehar, you really want to show off!)