Skirts are feminine and versatile, and usually prove as an easy garment to style for most women. But skirt lengths are no trivial matter, and can really give your overall silhouette a leg up when picked out discerningly. Whilst most of us choose skirt lengths based on personal preferences and comfort, other considerations matter too, such as height and the shape of your legs.
We break down the four major hemlines and what you should look out for when picking up a piece. Plus, these tips apply to dresses too.
#1: Mini skirt
As the name suggests, mini skirts are, well, mini. To be more precise, mini skirts end inches above the knee. While mini skirts are great because they show off the most of your toned gams and are the most elongating of all hemlines, they aren’t exactly appropriate for all social occasions, especially when the dress code is formal and the decorum is strict. Minis are especially great for petite women but can be enjoyed by all.
Length to note: Get a mini skirt that doesn’t end at the widest part of your thighs, if you don’t wish to draw the eye to that area.
Made with black glossed lamb leather, this flattering A-line crinkled leather mini skirt can easily be paired with a knotted shirt and ankle boots, or wear a slouchy sweater to juxtapose its clean lines.
Looking to add shape to your lower body? Pair this flared skirt with the matching top for a holistic monochromatic finish. Or if you want something less busy, tuck a simple black blouse into the piece.
Dress this up with boots and a blouse for a smart casual look.
This silhouette is identifiable by the length of the skirt ending at, slightly above, or slightly below the knee. Knee-length skirts are also family- and boss-friendly, and suit most, if not all, occasions.
Length to get: Knee-length is an easy fail-safe choice because it flatters women of all height. If you’re more petite, you could opt for one that ends above the knee rather than below, for the illusion of height.
The breezy form of pleated skirts add movement and lightness to your overall look — not to mention a touch of femininity. Pair this shiny piece with a soft silk or satin blouse and add a slinky pair of silver heels to complete the look.
This black pencil skirt from Gucci features its archival GG hardware prominently — which you can remove if you’re more for the pared-down look. But if you’re all for conspicuous consumption, tuck in your top, throw on a simple pair of brogues and let the logo shine.
This sleek pencil skirt hits the knee but sports a centre split that shows off your gams. A sophisticated addition to your work ensemble, match it with a striped shirt or silk cami top. Finish with loafers or heels.
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