A great skirt can work hard for your wardrobe taking you from office to evening to daytime casual with the right accessories and coordinating pieces. But how do you make sure your skirt is truly working for you and not fighting against your body shape? All good stylists know the key to a slimming and flattering outfit is understanding your body shape, highlighting your assets and distracting from the parts you aren’t so happy with. So be your own super stylist and follow our body shape guide to discover a skirt style that works for you.
Apple types tend to carry a little more weight around the stomach area but have slimmer hips and thighs so go for skirt that hits a couple of inches above the knee that draw attention to your wonderful legs. Flowing fabrics like chiffons that taper away from the waist will soften curves around your stomach and choose a waist belt to add definition to your shape.
If you are a pear it is likely your hips, thighs and bum are wear you are a little softer. The best shape for you is a high-waisted A line style that emphasise a narrow waist and gently skims over your widest point. Go for knee length or midi skirts that highlight trim calves.
The rectangle body shape is a little flatter and athletic throughout the body and therefore the key is to create curves. Choose a tulip style, paper bag waist or a skirt with ruching and detail to add femininity and flair to your shape.
An hourglass woman has the enviably thin waist, curvy bottom and fuller breast of a vintage pin-up. Try a pencil skirt to really emphasise those killer curves but choose fuss free styles as too much detailing can overload volume to your natural shape. An hourglass also looks great in any style with waist focus and like a pear will suit a traditional A-line style.
Skirt Style Do’s and Don’ts
- Experiment with bold patterns and colour, teamed with a neutral top this tends to create a balanced and feminine figure.
- Style up your skirt with a waist belt – emphasising the waist is always a great way to create a slimmer silhouette.
- Use shapewear to create a smooth, fluid line under your chosen skirt.
- Choose hemlines that dip below the knee if you are petite, they will overwhelm your figure and make you look shorter than you are.
- Pick Fabrics that are thin or too clingy, unless you have a flawless shape they will show up every lump and bump.
- Pair a patterned skirt with a patterned top, it will create a busy and confused effect.
A skirt is a fun and feminine way to express your style so use our style guide to choose a flattering and slimming piece that makes you smile this summer!