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The Best Skirt Style for Every Body Type

Richard Wright

Minis, midis, maxis and everything in between. With so many skirts out there, how’s a stylish gal to choose which styles look best on her shape? We’ve got a suggestion: Read this handy guide to finding the most flattering skirt for however you’re built. 

woman wearing a green sweater and pleated midi skirt

IF YOU’RE PEAR-SHAPED: TRY A PLEATED MIDI SKIRT

Fitted at the waist and swingy through the hips does your body good. An A-line silhouette highlights your little waist and also drapes nicely over your hips and thighs to minimize their width. Team it with heels and a fitted shirt to keep the overall look crisp.

woman wearing a striped shirt and short black skirt

IF YOU’RE APPLE-SHAPED: TRY A SKATER SKIRT

If you’re slim through the legs (seriously, those calves) but tend to carry weight around your middle, look to a high-waisted flared skirt with a short hemline. The waistband will cover your midsection, while the shorter length (at the knee or above) will show off your best assets: them gams.

woman wearing ruffled blouse and denim pencil skirt

IF YOU’RE AN HOURGLASS: TRY A DENIM PENCIL SKIRT

If you’re curvy with a well-defined middle, go for a pencil skirt. A snug fit will accentuate your shape by smoothing out your hips and thighs rather than bulking them up with excess fabric. For an interesting twist, try the silhouette in a slightly distressed denim.  

woman wearing a white turtleneck and a striped wrap skirt

IF YOU’RE BOYISH: TRY A WRAP SKIRT

Creating curves is your MO, and lucky for you the sultry wrap skirt happens to be primed for this season. The style works because it defines your waist and uses an asymmetrical hem to create the illusion of hips. 

woman wearing a white button down shirt and pink studded miniskirt

IF YOU’RE PETITE: TRY AN A-LINE MINI

Good news: You don’t have to shop in the petite department. Just use above-the-knee skirts to add the illusion of height. Denim, suede and even seersucker miniskirts are all classics, so go ahead and show some skin (while staying within ladylike territory, of course).