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An outer skirt, especially a shorter one worn draped over another skirt.
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(Clothing & Fashion) an outer skirt, esp one that reveals a decorative underskirt
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(ˈoʊ vərˌskɜrt)

a skirt worn over another skirt and often revealing it in some way, as by draping.
[1865–70, Amer.]
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Noun1.overskirt - an outer skirt worn over another skirt
skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
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This consists of a simple gros de laine, trimmed with ashes of roses, with overskirt of scare bleu ventre saint gris, cut bias on the off-side, with facings of petit polonaise and narrow insertions of pa^te de foie gras backstitched to the mise en sce`ne in the form of a jeu d'esprit.
Babette Aquino Benoit put together a terno top by Dennis Lustico and silk satin striped skirt and lace overskirt by Lacroix.
Scott Garceau (The Philippine Star) - November 14, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Cholo Ayuyao designed five fantastic dolls in ternos, each measuring 16 inches in height, in an exhibit at the CCP lobby called "Ang Limang Filipina." Made from vinyl and resin, the exquisitely detailed dolls were dressed in tulle, chiffon and organza and included: The Actress (in a black and red ombre two-piece terno) The Romantic (in printed chiffon in dusky pink with tiny flower prints) The First Lady (in elegant classic pintildea cocoon, adorned in lace and fine beadwork) The Couture Junkie (an illusion terno mermaid gown with spangled appliques, beaded cape and train) and The Gamine (dressed in a structural black faux leather terno paired with pants, asymmetric overskirt and metal silver studs).
The wearer's curves were coyly straightened by an overskirt (tapis) tucked at the waist.
The silhouette was transformed by a ballgown overskirt of transparent tulle with a luminescent horsehair border flowing into a chapel train.
Skirts include one-piece dress and overskirt (Kazanskiy et al., 1994).
A peplum, otherwise known as an overskirt, looks like a tiny skirt put over another dress.
It boasts 25 two-carat black diamonds on the overskirt and a further 25 on the shoulder.
She made the ball gown's tightly fitted bodice with the puffed white princess sleeves and the full skirts of blue beneath its heavily embroidered overskirt. Chukhina worked away at the Witch's costume, fashioning large cabbage leaves from a variety of starched fabrics, making sleeves of power mesh, to which she attached black tulle ruffles at the shoulders and latex painted roots along the arms.
And the clientele mirrored Charlie's upper-class social connections, something that was And the clientele mirrored Charlie's upper-class social connections, something that was exceedingly helpful when he extended the hat trade to ball gowns, fabulous coats and sexy dresses which made you gasp at the things they inferred, such as a white crinoline overskirt, split to the genital area, where a gush of bright red silk fell to the ankle.
All the contrasting cambers and angles formed from the curvature of her form-fitting pale green silk bodice and red damasked sleeves are counterbalanced by the sharp-edged folds of her ruffle-edged white headpiece and the copious drapery of her dark green silk overskirt. These textured forms move the viewer's eye upward and inward toward the Magdalene's tear-stained face, while the flashpoint of her anguish emanates from her tightly interlaced fingers as her hands are clasped in a gesture, perhaps of prayer or of internal suffering, are highlighted by the path of her eye.