Let’s talk about skirts, baby! Whether you enjoy a romantic look, or a more modern and sleek one, the right skirt can help you pull together a flattering outfit. But do you know which skirt is the most flattering for you?
Based on last Saturday’s video, where I was showing you the 5 major types of feminine silhouettes and discussing the best wedding dresses for each of them, I thought for today we would continue on this note, and show you the most attractive skirt types for your body shape! And I will do my best to exemplify through my skirt collection, even though I (obviously) don’t have all 5 different body types. But I am enough of a skirt hoarder to know how each and every one of them can work for you:
Hourglass– pencil skirt
It’s very often recommended that hourglass shaped ladies wear pencil skirts. And there’s a very good reason for that: a pencil skirt will hug your hips, legs and knees, and stop right underneath, at the thinnest point of your legs. A pencil skirt will also look best on you if you choose a mid or better yet, high waist, as it will really highlight your harmonious silhouette.
However, hourglasses! Do keep in mind that thanks to your great proportions you can wear really any type of skirt out there, just make sure to always keep your upper and lower body parts balanced. So, the flouncier the skirt, the more relaxed and voluminous the top should be, and viceversa- BUT always, always, always with a cinched in, well defined waist. It’s what keeps you looking like an hourglass instead of a box, regardless of the rest of your garments.
Triangle– circle skirt
Big, ample, rich skirts are triangle shaped women’s playground! You will always easily recognize a circle skirt, because it cinches the waist and then flows away from the abdomen, hips and legs as it goes down. So it’s easy to see how circle skirts punctuate your best assets as a triangle shape, and minimize your largest areas.
Circle skirts can be mini’s, midi’s or even maxi’s (which can be amazing for special occasions), and the one you choose really depends on you. I generally prefer a midi that hits right at my knee or slightly under, because that’s the thinnest point of my leg. But if you love your legs and want to showcase them, go for a shorter version!
Great choices for you if you love your legs are also pencil skirts (hello, diminutive waist!), high waisted wrap skirts- especially asymmetric ones, and A-line skirts- especially ones made of heavier fabrics that don’t add any extra volume to the lower half of your body.
Reverse triangle– A line or bubble skirts
I think nothing looks best on reverse triangle shaped ladies than a well made A-line or bubble skirt- especially if they’re made of a stiff fabric. These types of skirts will add volume to your lower half to balance the top, but will still keep your waist defined enough. My recommendation is to go for lighter colours as well, that make the area you wear them on optically larger, and if possible, opt for darker colours on your top half to make it look less prominent.
My other suggestions for you are: peplum skirts, especially if you have a bit more of a tummy and a bit less of a booty, and architectural skirts with all sorts of ruffles, 3D forms and geometrycal structures added to them. These will all help balance out a heavier top side.
Rectangle– Pleated skirts
Pleated skirts can add volume and dimension to rectangle shaped gals, making the silhouette more feminine- especially if the fabric is rigid and makes the skirt pouf out. Mine here is made of a softer fabric and in a darker hue, to help the skirt flow and fllatter my very non-rectangle shape, but the principle remains. In order to balance the pleats on the bottom, rectangle shaped women can also add a voluminous top that tapers at the waist, or a very embellished one- again like the one in the picture below.
Other great choices for you can be pencil skirts, which highlight your petite frame, and even circle skirts, to give the illusion of extra curves. Just be sure to always balance the silhouette on top, to not make it seem disproportionately bigger on the bottom.
Oval– wrap skirts
A wrap skirt with a front leg split will allow you to show your long, slim pins (which oval shaped ladies often have), keeping attention to one of your most beautiful features. A thicker, stiffer fabric will also keep your silhouette more structured compared to flimsier fabrics, and will camouflage a thicker midriff.
I chose a skirt that hits at my natural waist, but for oval shaped ladies, your thinnest point might be under your bust rather than at your mid- so go for a higher waist skirt that ends there. Add to it a flowy top that ends no lower than your hip bone, preferably in a dark shade, to gloss over any lumps and bumps, and visually create a waist where there might be none. This way, your whole silhouette stays clean and streamlined.
Ok, skirt lovers, now I’m giving the floor to you! Have you found your perfect skirt yet? Did you choose it based on your body type, or based on other things like comfort, price/quality ratio, suggestions from a friend? Are you still a bit wary of putting skirts on rotation in your daily looks? Let me know how I can best help you become a skirt lover in the comments!