How many times have you gone into the dressing room of your favorite store with a pile of beautiful skirts just hoping and praying that they fit? And out of all of those dressing room trips, how many of the skirts fit well and looked fabulous? Often, we choose skirts that look great on the hanger but just do not flatter our figures. Two key elements in choosing skirts that fit us properly and look great while wearing are:
- Knowing our body shape
- Knowing the clothing styles that work best for our body shape.
Each of us are unique and our bodies are too. Body shapes are generally narrowed down to five categories: apple, triangle, hourglass, inverted triangle and straight. You may fall into only one category or be a combination of two or more.
The first step in determining which skirts best flatter our body shape is to figure out which body shape you are. Once you have done that, you can now decide which skirts to wear and which skirts to avoid. Spend some time in front of the mirror doing an honest evaluation of your body shape and then you can put these skirt fashion tips to work.
Here are five basic body shapes and the skirt styles that best flatter each.
Apple Shape: A person with an apple shape has a larger bust and waist, narrower hips, and slender legs and you tend to carry most of your extra weight around your middle. One of the best skirt style for this body shape is an A Line skirt. You want to wear skirts that have flat fronts with side or back closures. You want to avoid skirts with pockets, pleats, and gathers at the waist and along with some pencil skirts. Pencil skirts tend to draw attention to a heavier mid section on an Apple shaped body.
Triangle: A person with a triangle shape has a slender neck, smaller shoulders, smaller bust and waist, larger hips and thighs. Some of the best skirt styles for this body shape is an A line skirt, a wrap skirt and some pencil skirts. A line and wrap skirts flow away from the hip area for a smoother appearance. There are some great slimming pencil skirts out there. Skirts made of ponte knit are great for casual and work. You want to wear skirts with a flat front to avoid any type of puckering in the front. Avoid skirts that are made of a clingy style of fabric which would emphasize too many bumps. Avoid skirts with lining because often those types of skirts have stretch in the actual skirt but not in the lining.
Hourglass Shape: A person with an hourglass shape has a defined waist along with a balanced upper and lower body. If your bust and shoulders are the same width as your hips, you have a defined waist and any extra weight you carry is evenly distributed throughout your body, you most likely have an hourglass shape. This body shape can wear pretty much anything. Great skirt styles for this body shape are pencil skirts and A Line skirts. Avoid skirts that hit at the widest part of the lower leg. Aim for your skirt hem to either hit at the narrowest part of the knee or down at the ankles. Lots of people I know use a workout corset to try and get this hourglass shape as it means your body suits most outfits and clothes look much more flattering.
Inverted Triangle Shape: A person with a triangle shape has broader shoulders and back, an undefined waist and narrow hips. Basically, the top half of the body is larger than the bottom half. This body shapes can pull of bold prints and patterns. Look for A line skirts, pleated skirts and full skirts which would balance out your appearance.
Straight Shape: A person with a straight shape has a bust line and hips that are equal in size. There is little definition between bust, waist, and hips. If your silhouette appears to be straight up and down, you have little or no waist definition and your bust and shoulders are about the same width as your hips. You tend to gain weight evenly throughout your body then you most likely have what is considered to be a straight shape. The skirts styles that work well with this body shape are tiered, trumpet, pencil and full skirts. Having some body within the skirt will give this body type a more curvy appearance.
Do you struggle to find stylish skirts that fit and flatter your body shape? What are some of your biggest challenges in finding skirts that you like? Length? Size? Too big or too small in certain areas? Please share your challenges in the comment section below. Now go make today awesome just like you!