The skirt really is one of the perks of being a woman in the Western world. There are few garments so versatile, sexy, forgiving and comfortable. No matter what your size, style or taste, there is one out there that will flatter your figure, keep you cool and be appropriate for work or play.
Popularized in the 80’s, as we all know, the mini-skirt can really be a woman’s best friend. Generally hemmed between the knee and mid-thigh, the mini makes your legs appear longer no matter what your size or shape is – which may explain its popularity. The A-line or bias-cut skirts are really good at flattering your figure, especially when worn with platform sandals or a low heel, and can be more appropriate for work.
The knee length skirt is one of those timeless items of clothing, and the trick is to make sure it is hemmed just above or just below the knee (as opposed to right on the knee). When you hit the mark, a knee-length can be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet as they tend to look good on all body shapes. Curvier ladies should go for skirts that are a little sleeker so as not to appear too billowy. The great thing about the knee-length skirt is that you can wear it anywhere – to work, to brunch, to a wedding. It looks especially good with a pair of heels
Like its name suggests, the midi should hit at mid-shin, just where your leg seems to be thinning out. If the skirt cuts off at the thicker part of your leg, it can make you look a bit stalky. Generally speaking, a midi skirt looks best on women who are medium to tall height, and shorter women should go for sleeker cuts. Don’t be afraid of getting the skirt hemmed! A good tailor is an excellent resource. Midi’s look beautiful with flats or open-toed shoes, and they can have a lovely, old-world affect.
The way to make a maxi work is to get the shape and length exactly right. It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you have a rounder figure, choose a maxi that is tight and wear it with a looser top – this way you won’t seem shapeless. If you are taller or more petite, wear a maxi that is looser or flowy and pair it with something that shows more skin (so that you don’t appear, um, like you’re wearing a mumu). Regarding the length: make sure that your maxi is hemmed right at the ankle bone. This way the skirt ends at the thinnest part of your leg, giving an elegant outline to your form.
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