Nothing says spring like a pretty skirt! Ever wish you had a little help figuring out the perfect spring skirt for your body type? Let’s face it, not every skirt looks good on every body! In the ideal world, we’d throw on any skirt and suddenly look cute. We rounded up some help to offer you. There are so many different styles, it can be hard to know where to start.
IF YOU ARE PETITE:
What to look for: A fitted style that won’t overwhelm your small frame. Pick skirts that fall above the knee — a pleated skirt worn with platforms will give you height and elongate your frame.
What to avoid: Long skirts that fall below the knee, which make you look like a teapot … short and stout.
IF YOU ARE HOURGLASS-SHAPED:
What to look for: A classic wrap skirt is great in a simple solid color. Or an A-line skirt with a belt helps accentuate a small waist and show off those curves.
What to avoid: Flouncy skirts with too much fabric. They’ll just hide your curves, which is the last thing you want to do.
IF YOU ARE CURVY:
What to look for: A straight, structured skirt in solid colors (like a classic pencil skirt) to add sleekness to your shape. Just make sure it’s not too tight.
What to avoid: Loose, flowing styles with tons of fabric. They’ll only add bulk.
IF YOU ARE RECTANGULAR/STRAIGHT:
What to look for: Tulip, bubble or mermaid skirts to add the illusion of curvy hips to a boyish frame. Have fun with pleats, layers, ruching and ruffles.
What to avoid: Straight styles that don’t create any curves. A slim pencil skirt is a no-no. Look for fuller styles to add volume and help fill out your figure.
IF YOU ARE PEAR-SHAPED:
What to look for: A simple A-line skirt that falls right above your knee to give your rear and thighs a hiding place. The slight fullness at the hem will draw attention away from your hips (tweed is great at hiding bulges).
What to avoid: Stay away from leather skirts. Tight fabric will just make you look more bottom-heavy.
IF YOU ARE APPLE-SHAPED:
What to look for: A chiffon or silk skirt to give a bit of ease to the silhouette. The flowy fabric will help hide a tummy and balance out your upper body.
What to avoid: Skirts with pockets or pleats that gather near the waist. Also avoid straight skirts, because they’ll make you look heavier on top.
IF YOU HAVE SHORTER LEGS:
What to look for: An above-the-knee skirt to lengthen your legs. In other words, shorter hemlines are your new best friend. Another great way to elongate your legs is by wearing black opaque stockings.
What to avoid: Skirts that hit at mid-calf or lower. They’ll overwhelm your petite frame and make you seem even shorter.
IF YOU HAVE WIDER HIPS/THIGHS:
What to look for: A-line skirts that sit low on your waist, hit at your knee and are slightly flared. Dark colors are super slimming.
What to avoid: Short or tight skirts, they’ll just draw attention to your problem areas. If you’re not crazy about your thighs, then have the hemline hit right at the bottom of your knees which is a more flattering area.