How to Wear Skirts
Skirts come in all sorts of lengths, colors, and styles. The style that you wear can drastically change your look, ranging from casual to formal. You can also change your figure to a certain extent with the right length and cut. Whatever your sense of style is, there is bound to be a skirt that's just right for you.
Wearing Shorter Skirts
Choose a pencil skirt if you want a classic, streamlined silhouette.The pencil skirt starts at the waist and ends just above the knee. It is fitted, tapering down to the knees, and has clean, tailored lines. They are perfect for formal occasions, including office settings.Here are some chic outfit ideas:
- Pair a black pencil skirt with a black, fitted shirt. Add a wide, vibrant belt for a pop of color.
- For a romantic look, pair your skirt with a blouse in a contrasting color.
- If you want something more classic, pair a black pencil skirt with a white blouse. Add a wide, red belt and red pumps for that final touch.
Keep it casual with denim.Denim skirts have a similar shape to pencil skirts, but they are a little less fitted. They go with just about anything, from tanks to tees to button-downs. The color options for tops are limitless. You can go classic with a white blouse, or you can wear a vibrant color for something more unusual. Graphic tee shirts and blouses with patterns also pair well with denim skirts.
- For something punky, layer your shirts. Try a loose, graphic tee over a fitted, striped button-up blouse. A dark-colored denim skirt will look the best with this.
- For a summertime look, pair a denim skirt with a white-and-blue striped blouse.
- For a dressier look, pair the skirt with a white or ivory blouse and a pair of wedges.
Try an A-line skirt if you can't seem to find anything that fits.A-line skirts tend to look good on most people, so you can't go wrong with this classic shape. It is fitted at the waist, then flares out, ending just below the knees.
- If you want to be bold and daring, pair a patterned A-line skirt with top that has thick, bold stripes. Make sure that the skirt and shirt have at least one matching color.
- If you want something more subtle, pair 2 different solid colors together. You can also pair a patterned skirt with a solid-colored shirt.
Add a feminine touch with a fit-and-flare skirt.It is similar to an A-line in that it is fitted at the waist and flares out, except that it has much more volume to it. It is perfect for twirling in and goes great with belts and button-down blouses. It is typically around knee-length, but it can be shorter or longer as well.
- For a chic look, try a black fit-and-flare skirt with a fitted shirt, pumps, and statement jewelry.
- For something more casual, pair the skirt with a button-up blouse, preferably denim.
Wearing Longer Skirts
Wear midi skirts with care.Midi skirts end at the mid calf. This means that they can make your legs look shorter, wider, or stumpier than they actually are. If possible, choose a midi with a high waist. This will help elongate your lower half.
- Make midi skirts more flattering with a pair of heels. This includes booties, pumps, and wedges.
- If you have short legs, consider buying a midi skirt in a petite size. It will have a specific cut that flatters your figure.
- For a classic look, pair a midi skirt with a fitted blouse, matching booties, and a long necklace.
Give your outfit a whimsical touch with a tulle skirt.Unlike the frilly pink tutus of your childhood, tulle skirts are typically longer, ending below the knees. They can look dressy or casual, depending on what sorts of shoes, shirts, and accessories you wear with them.
- For a dressier look, pair a long tulle skirt with a fitted blouse or tee. Add some nice jewelry and pumps or ballet flats.
- For something more casual, try a graphic tee and canvas sneakers. For a punky look, add a studded leather belt.
Stay comfortable with a maxi skirt.A maxi skirt is anything that goes down to your ankles; some maxi skirts are even longer. Typically loose, breezy, and flowing, they are perfect for a bohemian look. Because of how long and voluminous they are, maxi skirts work best with fitted tops.
- Pair a maxi skirt with a tribal or geometric pattern with a black, fitted tee. Add color and texture to your top with a necklace that matches your skirt’s pattern and theme
- For a casual look, pair a jersey maxi with a fitted, graphic tee. Make your outfit look more interesting with a pair of sandals, a hat, and sunglasses.
Go formal with a ball skirt.It is long like a maxi, but much more voluminous. Ball skirts are often made from fancier materials, such as taffeta. Like the name suggests, they are great for formal occasions, including galas. Alternatively, you can tone it down with a casual denim top.
- For a dressier look, pair a dark-colored ball skirt with a fitted blouse. Finish the look off with nice pumps or heels and matching jewelry.
- For a casual look, try a light-colored patterned ball skirt with a button-up blouse. A knotted, denim blouse will help keep things looking even more casual.
Complementing Your Figure
Accentuate curves with light colors and bubble or balloon-shaped skirts.These skirts bunch out around the hips, making them appear wider than they actually are. If you prefer something more subtle or casual, try an A-line skirt or a faded wash denim skirt inter. To further enhance your curves, choose a light-colored or printed fabric. Fabrics that have a shine to them, such as satin, may also help.
- If you have lack curves and wish to give the illusion of having some, try a snug pencil skirt that tapers around your thighs; it will help give the illusion of curves.
Use vertical details and dark colors to draw attention away from curves.There is nothing wrong with curves, nor is there anything wrong with wanting to reduce them. Any skirt with vertical details, such as pleats, top stitching, and darts, will help elongate your body and make it appear narrower. For a slimming effect, wear a skirt in a dark color, such as: black/gray, burgundy, dark brown, navy blue, and olive green.
- Wear an interesting top or a statement necklace to draw attention to your upper half.
- An A-line skirt is a great choice, and it may help downplay wide hips. If you wish to conceal thicker thighs, consider a full circle skirt or a fit-and-flare skirt instead.
Streamline your silhouette with heavier fabrics and flared skirts.Flared skirts are anything that is fitted at the waist, and flares out past the hips. Great examples include the A-line skirt and the fit-and-flare skirt. Something made from a heavier fabric, such as denim, leather, or linen, will help tuck in muffin tops and full tummies.
- If you need a more drastic change, try a body shaper made from strong, sturdy spandex.
- Full circle skirts, mid-rise skirts, and skirts with wider waistbands may also help.
Elongate your legs with raised hemlines and simple color schemes.Anything that ends just above the knee (or even shorter) will help make your legs appear longer. Skirts that are fitted around the hips, such as pencil skirts, may also help make you appear taller. To further the effect, match your skirt to your skin, tights, or shoes.
- If your skirt has a print on it, make sure that your tights or shoes match one color on it.
- If you don't like to wear shorter skirts, wear a longer one with tights underneath it. Match the tights to your shoes (preferably heels).
Slim down your legs and thighs by raising or lowering the hemline.Where you choose to raise or lower the hemline depends on which part of your lower half that you want to slim down. For example, if you want to make your calves appear thinner, choose a skirt that falls either above or bellow your calves. If your hemline sits right as the calves, they will look wider.
Wearing the Right Undergarments
Wear skin-toned underwear with white or light-colored skirts.It might seem like common sense to wear white underwear with white skirts, but this combination will actually make your underwear more visible. Instead, you should wear underwear that matches your skin tone, be it light, medium, or dark.
- Just because a pair of underwear is labeled “nude,” does not mean that it will match your skin tone. If you are very pale, ivory or cream may work better. If you have dark skin, brown might be a better choice.
- You’ll have better luck finding the color you need online or in a store that specializes in undergarments and lingerie.
Wear a slip if the material is very sheer or thin.This includes skirts made from tulle, chiffon, lace, and thin cotton. If you can see your legs through the skirt, you should wear a slip under it. Match the slip to your skin color or to the skirt color.
- If you are wearing a lace skirt, consider pairing it with a slip in a contrasting color for a more unique look.
- You can also wear slips under clingy skirts to reduce static.
Wear seamless underwear if your skirt is fitted.Look for a pair of underwear that does not have any side seams. The waist and leg holes won’t have elastic sewn into them, which will give you a smoother silhouette. They are typically made from smooth jersey or spandex, and you can find them online and in stores that specialize in undergarments and lingerie.
- As with regular underwear, match the color of the seamless underwear to your skin tone if you are where a white or light-colored skirt.
- T-shirt skirts and skirts made from jersey should be paired with seamless thongs to further reduce pantie lines.
Wear spandex shorts under mini skirts.If you are worried about flashing your underwear while wearing a short skirt, spandex shorts are a great solution. Match the color of the shorts to the skirt, and make sure that they are shorter than the skirt. You can also wear shorts or leggings under longer skirts in the winter to keep warm.
- Another option would be “boy short” style underwear. They have cuffs that cover the thighs and offer more coverage than regular underwear
- If the spandex shorts are too long, fold the legs inwards until they are the right length. You can also try cutting them. Since the material is knitted, it should not fray.
Invest in some shapewear for fitted, high-waisted shirts.This will help smooth down the front of your belly and give you a streamlined silhouette. They are a great idea, even for those who already have a slender figure with a flat stomach because they will help the fabric lay more smoothly. They are great for pencil skirts!
For a classic look that fits most occasions, pair a pencil skirt with a black, fitted shirt. Alternatively, create a more romantic appearance with a blouse in a contrasting color. When preparing for a formal event, consider wearing a ball skirt with a fitted blouse. If you want to look a little more casual, choose a denim skirt. Another comfortable option is a maxi skirt, which works well with a fitted t-shirt.
- There are no set rules when it comes to wearing skirts. If you really like a skirt but think it might be the wrong shape for your figure, try it on anyways.
- Color and skirt style can only slim you so much. For a more drastic change, consider investing in a slimming undergarment with a control top.
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