From A-line to pencil and hourglass to pear, there quite a few skirt styles and as many body types. And while we think when it comes to fashion, the number one rule is to wear what you like best, it can never hurt to know which options work best for you when you're getting ready in a pinch. In other words, there's a reason we're always seeing Kim Kardashian West in her signature pencil silhouette. So which types of skirts and body shapes match up the best? Well, we've got the answers.
Keep reading for our breakdown of which skirt styles look best with each body type and why. Plus, shop our on-trend skirt picks for the season ahead while you're at it.
If you’re an apple (slim lower body, carry weight around your middle), you look fantastic in high-waisted flouncy skirts.
The waistband will hit at the smallest part of the torso and flare out over the stomach. Lastly, the short hemline will show off your legs.
If you’re a banana (waist, hip, and shoulders are all about the same width), you look fantastic in body-conscious miniskirts.
A formfitting skirt will emphasize any curves, and the short hemline will show off your legs.
If you’re an hourglass (curvy with a well-defined waist) you look fantastic in pencil skirts.
A pencil skirt accentuates your curves.
If you’re a pear (hips are the widest part of your body), you look fantastic in A-line skirts.
An A-line skirt highlights your waist and flares out over hips.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next: 4 Unexpectedly Cool Trends Coming at Us This Summer.
Kat Collings has over 15 years of experience in the editorial fashion space, largely in digital publishing. She currently leads the vision for editorial content at WhoWhatWear.com as the site's editor in chief, having risen through the editorial ranks after joining the company in 2012. Collings is a Digiday Future Leader Awards nominee, was named Buzzfeed's best fashion Instagram accounts of the year, and is a member of the CFDA Awards Fashion Guild. Prior to Who What Wear, Collings worked on styling projects for brands such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Oliver Peoples. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in communications and calls Los Angeles home.
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