Skirts have always been around since the start of fashion, and we love them for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, whether you prefer them pleated or slashed, there are so many styles to pick from.
Secondly, just by changing up a skirt, you can change the message of your look. A t-shirt with a floral skirt? Pretty! But pair it with a cargo skirt and suddenly, you’re a utilitarian fashion maven. The options are endless!
But with so many different looks and cuts, are you getting the most out of your skirts?
Read on to learn more about our simple guide on choosing the best skirt to enhance, flatter and slim your body type!
If you’re wider around the midsection of the body, then you want to look out for skirts that are high waisted.
Having the waistband at the smallest part of the body can create a cinching effect.
Also, stick to flared cuts, because it will skim past your midriff for a more figure-flattering shape.
Avoid: Paperbag skirts or pencil skirts. They only add more bulk to the midsection of the body.
A patterned midi-length skirt adds texture to a boring blouse while remaining suitable for the office.
The ruffled hem will draw the eyes outwards from the waist, thereby giving you a more defined waistline.
Inverted pleats help to create a more structured silhouette, while the tropical print is great for summer.
Boyish figures are characterized as having less curve definition around the waist and hip areas, and having a smaller bust.
To create the illusion of curves, look for skirts with volume. Peplums, ruffles and A-line cuts all help to create a curvier shape.
Mermaid skirts are also great for adding volume easily.
Avoid: Column or tube skirts, as they look drab and unflattering.
The ruffles on this skirt act as a peplum, giving you a defined waist while playing up your hips.
A multi-tiered skirt is a flirty way to create a more appealing shape.
The ruffled hem will create the illusion of wider hips, and the use of horizontal stripes will accentuate your lower body.
For women who aren’t as tall, look for skirts that hit above the knee. Doing so will help elongate your legs, and create the appearance of height.
If mini skirts aren’t your cup of tea, try asymmetric hemlines, as they accomplish a similar effect.
Avoid: Maxi skirts, because the fabric that pools around your ankles make you look shorter and smaller.
The wrapover design can be very flattering, and the jacquard pattern makes this skirt feel more luxe.
The vertical stripes also help to elongate your shape, while remaining a seasonless classic.
The asymmetric hemline is very on-trend now, and you don’t have to flash as much skin.
Want to play up your abundance of curves? Go for a pencil skirt or a tailored skirt.
The important thing is to find one that fits, but does not stretch. Stretch marks on the fabric just make you look wider, and that’s something we want to avoid. (Plus, it’s uncomfortable, and no one wants that!)
Avoid: Jersey fabrics, as they cling to your body too much. Mermaid skirts also create an unbalanced shape.
A bright blue skirt is versatile enough to be worn with everything from banker stripes to plain whites and blacks.
The high waist cut flatters your waist, and we love the palm tree pattern with a loose t-shirt!
Gingham is a print that designers are favouring this season, making this skirt a lovely option for the weekend.
To balance your shoulder width, look for skirts with details around the hemline.
The extra fabric around the hem will balance out the heavier shoulders.
Look for anything ruffled, tiered or pleated for stylish options.
Avoid: Pencil skirts, or double-slit skirts. Both will only play up your shoulders more.
The ruffled tiers will help to create an X-shaped silhouette, creating a slimmer-looking midsection.
You can toggle the waistband to your comfort and liking, and that extra band of mesh around the hem will flare out more to balance your shoulders.
This flared denim number is a super-cool must-have for all those off-duty days.