Skirt, according to me, is the most feminine of all western dresses and really versatile as well, long or short, flared or straight, it speaks its own language, especially when worn well. And the good news is that it is back in fashion, at least in our country, once again, so learning to choose one that is just right for you can be a task. The article below gives a good guideline as to how best to choose one for yourself basis your own body type…
The article below appears in Bombay Times dated June 8th 2011
Skirt up right
Choosing a skirt that suits your body type can be quite a task. Simi Kuriakose tells you how to find that perfect one
DESIGNER SWAPNIL SHINDE:
Petite women should go for tiered skirts and voluminous balloon skirts as they’re very much in style. For those who are slightly heavy at the bottom, go for skirts that are knee-length or below the knee. Skirts that ride above the knee are a no-no.
DESIGNER SABBAH SHARMA:
A pear-shaped body should try something close-fitted so the curves can be accentuated. An apple-shaped body type should wear an A-line skirt. A line skirts, for that matter, suit most body types. Make sure that the skirt starts at the smaller part of the waist
Skirts flood everyone’s wardrobe. This garment can be quite tricky to choose, and the key to looking classy and chic in a skirt is selecting one according to your body type. There are certain things you should keep in mind while wearing that little skirt. Here’s a check list.
All you curvy girls, with those hour glass figures, can choose something that accentuates your waist and legs. The pencil skirt is best for you. A tucked-in shirt with this and a belt is a brilliant add on, as it marks your curves at the right places. Avoid large and baggy skirts, as well as the hip-hugging ones; they kill your look. If you’re blessed with slender legs, go on; flaunt them by wearing those minis.
2. HIPS DON’T LIE:
If your hips are the widest part of your body, you need to take extra care. Choose A-line skirts as they drape on your hips smoothly and also flare at the bottom. Avoid skirts that have embellishments on the hip area. Also, do without skirts that go just above your knee The best is, to try skirts that have vertical details, be it stripes or prints that strike vertically, as these are great cover-ups.
3. STRAIGHT TALKING:
When you’ve got a straight body type, your chest, waist and hips are pretty much of the same size. Try skirts that taper slightly at the bottom and are low on the waist, as these help give an illusion of an elongated torso. Wear skirts which have lace, tassels, ruffles for detailing, but avoid pleats, especially at the waistline. All you slender-legged women can wear shorter hem-line skirts. To add those curves (which you’ve always wished for,) wear those flared-out-at-the-bottom skirts that fit at the hips perfectly.
4. CHEST AND SHOULDERS ARE THE WIDEST PART OF YOUR BODY:
Try flared skirts as they balance your broad shoulders. A wrap-around skirt or an A-line skirt looks great on this body type. To balance your body, avoid straight-cut, short skirts, as these will emphasise your broad shoulders.
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