"This piece is absolutely fabulous, but I believe it was intended to be worn as a dress, not a skirt. The pockets are set exactly right to wear it as a dress -- they are around knee height when it's worn as a skirt. Also, I saw it earlier in the season at the N. K. site as a dress.
You can, of course, wear it either way (if you're tall enough), but I've worn mine more often as a dress, since I don't have to worry about heels (or dragging it in the rain this winter) that way.
Don't make your purchase decision based upon it being too long to wear as a skirt without heels. It's a wonderful piece, high quality, and gorgeous.
I've also found it works well as a high waisted skirt . . . If you're between sizes, size down, but if you're a solid size, stick with your size would be y advice."