Looking to doll up your wardrobe this season? Local retailers have stocked up on fashions that will carry us through the transitional weather— including an easy-to-layer item: the skirt. But which fit is right for you?
“The most popular skirts for fall are going to be the straight or pencil skirt that hits around the knee or above,” said Susan Johnson, owner and buyer at Susan’s Fashions in Fort Wayne. There are also some long casual skirts as well as some mini-skirts that could be worn with leggings underneath.”
How do you choose a skirt that suits you? Johnson assured us, “There is a style to fit most every figure. You just have to know your strengths and weaknesses before buying and know what to look for.”
Take your pick from these trendy styles to keep your closet stocked with flattering fashions.
This take on the pencil skirt is distinguished by lines that hug the body ending in a ruffle at the hem. Trumpet skirts (or mermaid skirts) come in a variety of lengths. This season’s most popular is the miniskirt. For the fall, it’s all about the midi skirt, which ends at mid-calf for a bit more coverage. The trumpet skirt is especially adept at creating that coveted S-curve shape since it flares out at the bottom in a pretty, feminine ruffle.
The midi-skirt first showed up on the fashion scene in the 1940s, when its elegant mid-calf length gained popularity. It made a resurgence in the ‘60s and has come back around again with a fresh, contemporary look. Available in flared, A-line, or figure hugging cuts, the midi can be both polished (think navy for the office) and flirty (blush or peach for date night or late summer barbecue). The in-between length makes it perfect for taller ladies. If you’re petite, add heels for a more balanced look.
Another style marked by its length, the mini-skirt got its scandalous start in the swinging ‘60s. As it’s aged, though, the mini has changed to reflect the era it’s in. To stay on trend, choose a mini in a contemporary color or fabric. Try a flared leather mini for an urban look or pair with textured or patterned tights to add interest. Petite ladies will love the long leg a mini-skirt creates and a patterned skirt will help add curves to straighter figures.
The wrap skirt was all over the runways in the spring and with good reason—there’s a cut for every body type. The fold of fabric over the front of this skirt is its signature. It creates visual interest, even more so when topped off with a pretty tie, bow or button. Try the wrap in different cuts to see which suits you best. A wrap that flares out at the hem will balance a top-heavy figure. A lower hem will accentuate curves.
Pleated fabrics in bold colors are also showing up in cuts for every figure. Pleats tend to add volume, so balance out a pleated style of any length or cut with a body-conscious top. This year’s pleated skirts tend to cinch the waist and you can balance this with a bootie or wedge-heel shoe. Keep your pleats feminine by pairing a skirt with pastel colors, or top your look with a leather jacket or accessories to add contrast.
Susan’s Fashions, Fort Wayne, 260.459.2828, susansfashions.com