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The ultimate guide to finding the perfect skirt.

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Perfect Skirt

When was the last time you wore a skirt? If you are like me, it probably was your high school uniform skirt! Ok that is possibly a bit of an over exaggeration. I have, on occasion, worn a skirt or two. I love the idea of skirts but they aren’t the most practical item of clothing when you have kids’ young kids which meant they weren’t on my wish list for a very long time. Now that my kids are older and I am having to embrace my new body shape I am starting to play around with skirts again.

If you are, like me, and not really very fashion forward, maybe this little guide to finding the perfect skirt will help you.

Know Your Body Shape

Before embarking on your skirt-shopping adventure, let’s identify your body shape. Here are the most common shapes and the skirts that flatter them:

Hourglass: Lucky you! Your balanced proportions mean you can rock almost any skirt style. Opt for high-waisted A-line skirts or pencil skirts to accentuate your curves.

Pear: If your hips are wider than your shoulders, go for A-line skirts that cinch at the waist. These create a lovely balance.

Apple: For an apple-shaped figure, choose skirts with a defined waistline and a slight flare. Wrap skirts work wonders!

Rectangle: Create curves with tiered or ruffled skirts. A belted midi skirt adds dimension to your silhouette.

Skirt Styles

Now that you know your shape, let’s dive into the exciting world of skirt styles:

A-Line Skirt: Universally flattering, the A-line skirt cinches at the waist and flares out. Perfect for all body types.

Pencil Skirt: Sleek and sophisticated, the pencil skirt hugs your curves. Ideal for hourglass and rectangular shapes.

Maxi Skirt: Long and flowy, the maxi skirt is a boho dream. Pear-shaped beauties, this one’s for you!

Wrap Skirt: Adjustable and chic, the wrap skirt suits all body types. Tie it at the side for a playful touch.

Pleated Skirt: Adds texture and movement. Pear and apple shapes, embrace those pleats!

Mini Skirt: Show off those legs! Petite ladies, mini skirts elongate your frame.

 

Fabric Matters

Consider the fabric when choosing your skirt:

Cotton: Casual and breathable. Perfect for everyday wear.

Silk: Luxurious and elegant. Ideal for special occasions.

Denim: Versatile and timeless. Pair it with a tucked-in tee or a blouse.

Tulle: Channel your inner ballerina. Great for twirling!

Linen: Breezy and summer ready. Perfect for hot days.

Styling Tips

Now that you’ve found your dream skirt, let’s style it:

Tuck It In: Tucking your top into the skirt is a game-changer. It instantly defines your waist and creates a polished look.

Denim Skirt: Tuck in a graphic tee or a chambray shirt for a laid-back vibe. Add a belt for extra flair.

Similar Fabric Skirt: If your skirt has a similar fabric to your top (e.g., both are lightweight cotton), tucking it in creates a seamless silhouette.

Add Layers: Layers add dimension and versatility to your outfit. Consider these options:

Denim Jacket: A classic choice. Throw on a cropped denim jacket for a casual, cool-girl vibe.

Lightweight Cardigan: Perfect for transitional weather. Opt for a neutral colour that complements your skirt.

Accessorise: Accessories elevate your look from basic to fabulous:

Belts: Cinch your waist with a wide or skinny belt. Experiment with textures and colours.

Scarves: Tie a silk scarf around your neck or wear it as a headband. Chic and playful!

Statement Jewellery: Bold earrings, chunky bracelets, or a statement necklace—pick one to make a statement.

Shoes Matter: Your choice of shoes sets the tone for your outfit:

Sneakers: Casual and comfy. White sneakers go with almost anything.

Heels: Elevate your skirt game for date night or special occasions. Block heels or stilettos work wonders.

Ankle Boots: Perfect for fall. Pair them with tights or socks for added warmth.

Remember, the perfect skirt isn’t about conforming to trends—it’s about feeling confident and expressing your unique style. So go ahead, twirl in that A-line skirt, strut in your pencil skirt, and embrace the magic of finding the one that makes you feel utterly fabulous!

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10 Responses

  1. This is life changing!!! It’s been a challenge for me to pick the right skirt until now, this is awesome…THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  2. I love how you broked down all the skirt cuts and what body types work well with them. I have picked out some skirts that were so good on the rack and looked just awful on me.

  3. I can totally relate to this! The last time I wore a skirt regularly was probably also in high school. With little kids running around, practicality definitely trumps fashion. It’s exciting to hear you’re rediscovering skirts now that your kids are older. I’m in the same boat, trying to find styles that suit my new body shape. I’m looking forward to your guide—hopefully, it will help me find the perfect skirt too!

  4. These are great tips! I love a good skirt especially during the summer! Such a fun way to elevate any look!

  5. Oh I didn’t know about which skirt fits which silhouette! What a great little read and perfect tips!

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