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Skirting with the Best Look
8/18/2015 10:44:17 AM

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Skirting with the Best Look

A-line, pencil, peplum, knee length, tea length. Just reading the descriptions for different types of skirts can be exhausting, and choosing the right one for your body can be a task that sends shoppers stumbling for sweatpants. But skirts don’t have to be tricky. Finding the perfect fit is about trial and error, along with knowing your body type. Check out our handy guide, or better yet, take it to the in the dressing room next time you go shopping.

A-Line

A good A-line skirt is a wardrobe must have for every woman. An A-line nips in at the waist and flares around the hips and thighs, which camouflages any stomach or thigh issues a woman might not want to draw attention to. But A-lines are especially flattering if you have a thick or undefined waist; since they fit then flare out, a well-fitting A-line can actually chisel a waist.

Pencil

On the other hand, if you’re proud of your waist shape and love your curves, opt for a pencil skirt. Since they’re more fitted than A-lines, you need to try to keep your look tailored in one of these ultra-proper, Mad Men-style skirts, think blazer and button down and make sure that nothing is too tight.

High-Waisted

A high-waisted skirt can be a godsend for women who wish their legs were a little longer or their waists were a little smaller. A high-waist skirt fits at your natural waistline or even a litter higher, which creates the illusion of longer legs and a defined waist. However, be careful that the band isn’t larger than an inch or so, according to lifestyle maven Lauren Conrad, because big waistbands can actually make midsections look wider.

Maxi

Long skirts aren’t just for the tallest among us; they actually look great on many different body types. For women with straight or thicker waists, a slightly flared maxi-skirt with a bit of body gives movement and makes proportions look balanced. Shorter women should pick more fitted maxi skirts in solid colors, since a bit of color blocking can actually make you look taller.

And remember, the most important element to any outfit is the way it makes you feel. If a pencil skirt feels right, go with it! And if that pattered maxi skirt calls even though you barely clear the steering wheel, wear it. Feeling fabulous looks good on everyone.

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