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Skirt Styles For Every Shape

Spring is here and as the weather warms, its time to exchange cozy boots and heavy knits for cool airy sandals and chic lightweight skirts. Our bodies come in a variety of beautiful shapes and sizes, with unique features we love to show off, or in some cases cleverly disguise. So whether you are tall, petite, curvy, or thin, here are our top picks of skirt styles to flatter your silhouette during the spring/summer season.


Show off the natural curves of your body in fabrics with good drape in flare cuts, circle skirts and asymmetrical skirts. Styles such as straight skirts and A-lines help to minimize the appearance of full hips and bottom. Pencil skirts are flattering, but avoid versions of this style with hemlines that are very tapered, (narrow at the hem), as this will visually widen your hips.

To avoid exaggerating the width of your hips, ensure your skirts have enough ease throughout the hip and thigh so the skirt does not cling, or gather. Also, check for proper construction, such as darts and seaming for the best shape and fit.


If you desire skirts that give more shape, look no further. A pencil skirt with a body skimming fit that narrows at the knee will give the appearance of a curvier silhouette. Popular styles such as godets, flare, and pleated skirts will also provide more shape to your silhouette.

For a shapelier bottom, look for skirts that skim along the hips and thigh and then flare out for an appealing silhouette. Remember to select cuts and fabrics that add volume and drape well, avoiding skirts that hang shapelessly from the body.

Tall & Petite

Balancing your vertical height with your body shape is all about the hemlines. The best skirt lengths for petites range from mini to mid calf worn with heels. Shorter hemlines visually elongate your legs, giving your body a more balanced appearance.

The best hemlines for tall women are above the knee, just below the knee, or full length. Fitted skirts worn just below the knee shows off long legs, while providing visual balance to the body. Play up long legs this season with a tiered skirt and heels for chic volume, or wear hemlines that stop just above the knee paired with your favourite flats.

The season's styles range from voluminous balloon skirts to daring minis, providing a vast array of colors, textures, and designs to select and wear. When shopping for your favourite styles, remember to pay close attention to cut and fabric drape to ensure the best fit and look for your body type.

Author Lakeysha Green is a professional fashion stylist whose passion is helping her clients to look and feel their personal best. You can read more of her free fashion & style tips and receive a free makeover sampler at http://www.beautybodystyle.com
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