The skirt is the portion of the garment which is essentially physical in character. It covers the hips and limbs of the wearer. Emphasis placed upon certain areas will give the woman a sexy appearance. In some cases, this might be deliberate intent on the part of the designer, but when it has been done unintentionally, and the garment is worn by the wrong type of woman, the results are disappointing.
From Modern Pattern Design, 1942 (Chapter 8, on Skirts)
—D, Younger, Sewist