Ladies skirts are a stylish, feminine and versatile pieces of clothing. In the summer they are comfortable and cool and in the winter can be worn with tights for an elegant but cosy outfit. Skirts can work well for smart work wear, occasion outfits, evening wear and casual depending on which skirt you choose. They can easily be combined with blouses for women for a classic look that never goes out of fashion.
The key to looking good in skirts is finding the right type to suit your body shape. Length and style are really important and once you find a style and length that looks great on you, you can buy them in a variety of colours and fabrics for different occasions. Here are some of the most popular styles of ladies skirts and how to wear them.
Pencil or straight skirt
A pencil or straight skirt is the ultimate in chic for work wear. They look amazing when combined with blouses for women and also look great as part of a suit. Straight skirts can also look great as part of a party or casual outfit if made from a suitable fabric. The straight skirt does a great job of highlighting a curvy feminine figure, they look stunning on ladies with an hourglass figure when teamed with a fitted top. Ladies with larger hips and thighs should avoid this style of skirt as it will draw attention to the wider part of their body.
A line skirt
An a line skirt gently flares out from the waist in an A shape. It is by far the most flattering type of skirts for pear shaped ladies as it skims over the hips and thighs disguising them and balancing them out with its wide hem. The best length for an a line skirt is about knee length, if it is too long this style of skirt will look wrong because of the wide hem.
Full or flared skirt
Full or flared skirts can include those with gathers at the waist or circle skirts which have little or no bulk around the waist. Both have the same effect of creating a skirt that flares outwards but how full the skirt looks will also be affected by the type of fabric and how much it drapes. A stiffer skirt or one with a petticoat will be the fullest and most suitable for occasion wear.
A softer more fluid fabric will hand down in less volumous folds. Generally for anyone that wants to look slimmer a circle skirt will be more flattering as it does not add bulk. For slimmer ladies that want to add some shape, a skirt with gathers will look great. Full or flared skirts usually look best on taller ladies as the fullness of the skirt can over power those with a small frame. They are also a great way to balance out a larger bust.
Flared hem skirt
The flared hem skirt is not as popular as the other styles of skirt described but also works beautifully for work or evening wear. It is a bit like a straight skirt, with a section at the bottom that flares out to the hem. This style also works well for balancing out larger hips and looks great on ladies with a pear shaped figure.