After ten months of painstaking, daily research--and many, many golf skorts--I can tell you with confidence: one skort is better than all the others.
It does not come cheap, but it is worth it. If you want a black skort nice enough to wear with blazers, to business meetings, get this one. If you want a black skort comfortable enough to wear anywhere but also (miraculously) flattering on your figure, get this one.
I am (sadly) paid nothing--by nobody, never!--for any of my observations. In future installments I will highlight other skorts which serve various functions -- but for my friends who wanted to know which skort to buy, and where, here you go.
If you have only one skort in your closet, it should be this one.
1. BEST IN SHOW: Jamie Sadock's Skinnylicious Skort
FORM: Comfortable and classy. This skort, my friends, is designed with the elegance of the Sistine Chapel. I mean it. It holds me in like Spanx® while being miraculously comfortable--no sucking-in, no ripping off my undergarment at day's end--and yet it flatters as well as any garment I have ever worn. The length is appropriate; the zipper at the hem is slightly sexy; the material is fine enough to enter the boardroom, the classroom, the editing room . . . maybe even the bedroom.
FUNCTION: Smart and sexy. The inner short hugs the body like workout gear, while the outer skirt falls away in a most appealing shape. This thing is Project-Runway-worthy, folks! It is constructed of some high-tech miracle fabric: stain-resistant breathable; it looks downright expensive, On "fat days," when I have a meeting, when I want to look especially good, when I want be comfy and appropriate all at once -- day after day, I reach for this beautiful skort.
The engineering of the three pockets is deeply satisfying. All on the right side of the body, they are deep enough to hold an iPhone without a terribly unsightly bulge. This is a skort that almost allows me to go without a pocketbook (not quite--because I am a packrat--but close)!
Neat and nimble. My first chance to try a stand-up paddle board--an experience so glorious it changed my life!--occurred while I was wearing this skort. I wanted to practice falling in the water to see how easily I could get up (easy-peasy-lemon-sqeezey!), so I went right into the drink. The skort prevailed. It dried as quickly as a mountaineer's tent and looked gorgeous the rest of the day.
FASHION: It's gorgeous. This is the skort I have worn to weddings, funerals, and business meetings. The metal zippers are functional but add a kick-ass flair (they have also never stuck or broken, which is a miracle, considering the marathon I have put them through!).
It looks as great with a motorcycle jacket as a tucked-in silk blouse and blazer. With flip-flops at the beach, with pumps, with boots and leg warmers, even with running shoes and on a casual bicycle ride, this skort looks great, fits well and feels good!
It comes with gold or silver zippers, and I started my year-of-skirts with one of each. I have since purchased two more because I realized I could really have nothing else, ever, in my closet, and be pretty satisfied. (One of the new ones I preserve for "good," the others I wear daily.)
FLAWS: This skort tends to wrinkle--deep, lap creases when I sit for long periods--which bugs me, but I wear it anyway; it still looks okay. The stiffness of the fabric makes it so flattering, the lap creases are a decent trade-off.
I have worn these skorts excessively and they show some wear--the fabric is a little frayed at the seams. The tags are correct: for best results, this skort should be dry-cleaned. The one time I did schlep mine to the cleaner's the results were awesome. It looked brand-new. With normal wear and proper care, this skort should last just fine. I have abused mine and they have performed heroically.
I wish there were pockets on both sides of this well-designed garment. (I believe Ms. Sadock has just released a similar design with more pockets--can't wait to try it.)
FEE: A good skort does not come cheap. All year, this garment cost about $110, and (trust me) it rarely goes on sale anywhere. I have bought all mine at the PGA Tour Superstore, because they have provided excellent service all year. And RIGHT NOW this skort is on sale!! Grab it while you can!!
[For more tips on shopping for the right skort, read this.]