How strange is it to think of our Neanderthal sisters rocking a skirt to their cave dances? (Fancy dress inspo, much?) Less obscure, is the stunning Roman women trying to catch the attention of the star gladiator in their cute tunic skirts.
It's safe to say that skirts remain one of the oldest garments ever worn by the female species and, throughout time, has been used to shape and enhance the female form.
But is your skirt making the most of your figure?
Here's my guide to selecting the perfect skirt to flaunt your stuff in.
Shake it off! Shake it off! Wooo-oooo-hooo!
(GIF: perezhilton.com)The Midi Skirt
DO IT: Bottom Heavy Beauties
Not too long, but not too short, this magical length is a pair-shaped girls go to garment this season. Go for a high waist A-line shape to show off that tiny waist. This shape also skims beautifully over your curves, not diminishing them, but keeping them smooth and even. WARNING: Don't go TOO flouncy or full-skirted or it will have an opposing effect, keep the look quite slimlined. Bootylicious Bey looks ready to kick some style ass in this sexy skirt.
DO IT: Slim and Lean Ladies
Interestingly, this shape also works well on slim ladies with a straight up-and-down figure, as the A-line shape adds volume to your booty! Jessica Alba adds curves with a feminine A-line number.
APPROACH WITH CAUTION: Petite Pretties
Petite Lucy Hale is totally swamped by this midi skirt and it makes her legs look totally stump-like and in-proportionate. If your petite and don't want to give the midi a miss, try going for a high-waist shape to elongate the legs. Also: make sure you shop for a skirt that is specifically for petite figures; or get a good friend that can sew to hem your midi for you so it falls just at the top of the calf.
DO IT: Petite Pretties
Under 5ft 4? This one's a sure fire hit for you! Slitted numbers or assymetric details will elongate the top of the legs: now you really can look like Naomi! Tall and slim sisters: you can rock this shape too: as the beautiful Karolina Kurkova proves above.
APPROACH WITH CAUTION: Bottom Heavy Beauties
Speaking frankly as a pear shaped sister: my assymetric mini skirts seldom see daylight. Why? They cling in all the wrong places and the slits/ weird hemlines further draw attention to my thunder thighs. But there is a cheat.... skorts! They have the cute detailing of an assymetric mini, but have the added support of shorts underneath and are sans the cling factor!
The Fluted Skirt
DO IT: Boyish Babes
If you want to add a little booty tooch, you don't need expensive implants: hear that, Niki Minaj? A fluted skirt adds volume and detailing around the butt and upper thigh area. Just check out the ass on Olivia Palermo!
The Bodycon SkirtDO IT: Hourglass Hunnies!
Girl: You have a heavenly figure so why not flaunt it in a cute bodycon?! The tight fit shows off that tiny waist and honors your curves in all their glory.
A little bottom heavy? Try a longer, fitted pencil body con skirt for extra coverage with equal sex appeal! See Kim Kardashian for evidence that this works, big time!
The Skater Skirt
Suitable for all!
This baby is the bread of the fashion world: it's fab for all body types and is timeless! However, like all bread some is more suitable for some than others.
DO IT: Apple Angels
If you have a bit of a tummy, choose a high-waist skater skirt to gently skim over your curves, whilst balancing out your bottom half. Choose a super flouncy one to echo Lena Dunham's retro vibe!
DO IT: Petite Pretties
As always: high waist is the way! Keep it short to elongate those legs a la Ariana Grande.
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