Easy-to-wear separates are key when creating a well-curated wardrobe. A good skirt is arguably one of the most versatile pieces. Unlike jeans, it can be formal, work-wear-appropriate or casual. It’s all about how you wear it and what you team it with. Skirts also come in a huge variety of lengths and styles – here are our top tips on how to find the best version to suit your figure.
Women with athletic figures often shy away from showing off what they regard as bulky thighs. However pencil skirts will elongate your legs and don’t add bulk to your frame like a full skirt would. Go for one like this No21 number in a heavier fabric that won’t cling. Then choose a heel or flat that reveals your ankles, to make your legs look even longer.
A lot of fashion advice for pear-shaped figures is to go A-line when choosing a skirt, which is partly true. We would say choose a slim A-line – a full A-line will make you look wider than you actually are. Opt for something like this Isabel Marant Étoile skirt, where the detail sits at the bottom of the skirt and the top is pleat-free. Add horizontal stripes or a detailed top to widen narrow shoulders and create balance.
Short skirts are a godsend for petite shapes and a short A-line even more so. It won’t swamp your small frame, will stop at a respectable length on you even if you’re not 18, and will help elongate your legs. Granted this will work better if you like your legs, but opaque or even sheer tights can always help if that is an issue. Go for pointed flats or boots to help lengthen your legs further – you’ll be surprised how many inches you’ll gain.
If there is one thing a curvy hourglass figure always has it’s a great waist, so this is the point to accentuate. This Marks & Spencer skirt with a wide tie will do just that. It’s also made out of a thick satin that won’t cling to anything it shouldn’t. Adding a vertical stripe will not only add interest, it will also make your top half look leaner. All you need now is a great court shoe or a high-heeled espadrille.