How to choose the {BEST} skirt for your figure

choose the right skirt style that suits you

Skirts are very easy to sew, very easy to style and very easy to feel comfortable in – so a staple garment in most wardrobes.

This classic garment comes in a variety of shapes and styles –  but not all are suited uniformly to all body types. Let us see some basic skirt styles and which of them will suit different types of figures

Learn more about the type of figure you have in the post: Which body shape am I? among the 7 types.

How to choose the right skirt style


These skirts which have the same width at the waist and the bottom edge, are very popular among girls. They have the same width at the waist and the lower edge and are usually made of thick fabric. The straight skirt suits all body shapes. 

Because it does not add bulk to the hip area those with a pear shaped body will look good in this skirt. Because it stays somewhat close to the body it can make you look leaner and longer, especially if it is somewhat long. 

Wear heels with this skirt to avoid looking stocky.

As this skirt has a straight look it can make you look boxy if you choose a top that is loose-fitting – this skirt needs a fitted-shaped top. 


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This skirt is best suited for those with a shapely body ie the hourglass body shape. This shirt will lessen the look of thunder thighs and emphasizes curves in the waist and hips. Those with very narrow hips should void wearing this skirt. If you are very heavy around your hips and want to lessen the visual impact there stay away from pencil skirts.

This skirt looks professional and graceful with formal shirts and high heels.


This is a very full skirt with an A silhouette cut on the bias grain. It is usually made in a thin material.

A circle skirt will look good on someone who has a heavier upper body – if you have thick waist opt for a high waist skirt resting at the smallest part of your waist.



A line skirt is tight at the waist and hips and flares out from the hips. 

As this skirt has a triangle shape, those with a heavy lower body may stay away from wearing this skirt. Its flare will add to the hips of a pear shaped body. Most of the pear body shapes will have narrow shoulders and this will be over emphasized in this skirt. 

If you have a flat bottom do not choose this skirt as this style could further make you look flat bottomed.

A full A-line skirt can create the look of curves at the waistline on those with a straight column body.


This is the skirt that mostly screams casualness. A staple of the hippie crowd, this skirt is increasingly getting the attention of the fashion conscious who are trying different versions of it. Attractive styles of the skirt include flared maxis, ruffle ones, maxi skirts with godets etc.

If you are tall and willowy you can look marvelous in a maxi skirt. Also Maxi skirt will hide a multitude of defects so if you have a very thick ankle or a scar in your legs or stick thin legs and you want to hide them, go for a pretty maxi.

Maxi skirts are best avoided by a short girl as she will look even shorter in this one but if you really want to wear one in spite of being short go for the less voluminous shaped one. Also wear it at the smallest part of your waist (high waist) so that the skirt’s length will make you look taller.

If you have a heavier upper body, a flared maxi will balance your body.


This is a skirt with pleats, either machine-made or hand-made. They can be of many styles with variations in the number of pleats and the fitting. Hence they can vary in the effect they have on the body shapes.

If you have a pleated skirt which flares only at the bottom it can make the hips and waist look slimmer but if it has a great number of pleats starting at the waist a heavier lower body or one with protruding stomach will appear unattractive in it.


This skirt is a tiered skirt with a tight-fitting yoke along the hips and the lower tier having gathers or pleats. The yoke can be of straight or rounded or triangular cut. This is a particularly attractive wear for those with shapely hips and a thin waist.

This skirt is best suited for those with very broad shoulders as this skirt will balance the look for the whole body.


Tulip skirts are variations of pencil skirts ; This type of skirt is narrow at the waist and bottom hem but has volume at the hips (shaped like a tulip) in the form of folds of fabric.

A high waist tulip skirt is ideal for girls with an hour glass figure. Very thin hipped figures also benefit from this skirt as it will add some curves to their flat figure. 


Mini skirts look good on girls with shapely legs – not too thin and sticky but those with nice slender legs will be the center of attention in a mini skirt. Even if you have a thicker torso, if you have shapely legs you can highlight them with a mini skirt.


This skirt creates a lot of gathers around the waist. This skirt is best avoided by those with a heavy torso, especially in the stomach area. The gathers around the waist will make it look more prominent.

Check out the post on drafting different skirt patterns as a first step to sewing your own skirts that will enhance your beauty. Look for more tips on dressing like How to dress according to your body shape and some dressing tips to look slim

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