How to shop for: skirts

Skirts create a huge obstacle for women who are past the age of mini-skirt wearing. Therefore, we tend to shy away from wearing skirts, because we don’t know which ones will fit right and look good. You don’t have to be afraid of skirts. Just stick to the right ones for your body.

If You Have Hips

Look for either A-line or flared skirts. The fit won’t hug you tightly, and will create the illusion of a smaller waist since it gradually angles out from the waist downward. If you are ok with showing some leg, choose ones that hit at or right below the knee. If you don’t feel comfortable showing skin, then find one that is still flared, but hits at the ankle. Either way, try to avoid ones that hit mid-calf – it’s not flattering for anyone since it cuts off the leg at a weird place.

Eileen Fisher A-Line Skirt ($150), Style&co Flared Skirt ($15), J.Jill Long Skirt ($60).

If You Have A Straighter Bottom Half

Seek out pencil skirts or straight-cut long skirts. These will follow the line of your hips and legs in a tasteful way. Just be sure to be mindful of your waist– tuck in your shirt or cinch with a belt. Creating a waist creates the illusion of some curve.

Giambattista Valli Black Pencil ($995), Michael Kors Green Pencil ($995), J.Jill Long Sweater Skirt ($79).

PS…Michelle Obama knows the deal – check out how flattering the flared skirt looks on her curvy body.

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