Skirts Can Be Tricky to Shop For, but We Found Some Cute Styles For Every Body Type
For some people, skirts are the hardest clothing categories to shop for simply because sizes vary wildly across retailers, plus the perfect fit is hard to come by. Some may prefer miniskirts to show off their legs or high-waist bottoms to feel more supported, while others gravitate towards midi skirts for their more office-ready silhouette.
The good news is, there is a skirt for every style, occasion and body type. You don't have to follow the exact guidelines below (tall girls can certainly wear A-line skirts too!), but hopefully, our handy advice serves as a jumping-off point for your skirt-searching journey.
— Additional reporting by Marina-Liao
If You're Petite: Miniskirts
If you're tiny, avoid long hemlines or fit-and-flare skirts that overwhelm your small frame. Instead, look for shorter skirts to show off your legs. Minis are your best friends, whether you prefer a good ol' denim skirt or something fresh and trendy, like a ruffled gingham design. Wear these with button-downs, tees, tanks, and even sweaters come Fall — the options are endless.
Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Leather Mini Skirt
Wear this Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Leather Mini Skirt ($39, originally $55) with a same-colored top for a monochrome look.
Banana Republic Factory Houndstooth A-Line Mini Skirt
This Banana Republic Factory Houndstooth A-Line Mini Skirt ($52, originally $65) has a supportive and flattering silhouette.
If You're Tall and Lean: Wear a Maxi Skirt
You can easily pull off any style of skirt, but maxis look particularly stunning on your lean frame. Wear a simple chiffon number, a flowy boho bottom, or something a little more statement-making, like this pleated bow design. Here's what you don't have to worry about: maxis overwhelming your figure.
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Silk Maxi Skirt
Now this ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Silk Maxi Skirt ($150, originally $375) is a steal. It has a casual luxe appeal for effortless elegance.
If You're Curvy: Wear a Pencil Skirt
Show off your curves by wearing skirts that highlight your hourglass figure. Pencil skirts should be your go-to as they nip in the waist and hug the hips, falling more loosely over your knees and calves. Luckily, there are tons of styles out there that don't give off corporate office vibes (if that's not what you're aiming for). We suggest a cheery floral print for Summer.
If You're Pear Shaped: Wear an A-line Skirt
Your bottom half is slightly wider than your top half. To create a balance from head to toe, wear a skirt that cinches in at the waist and then flares out at the bottom. An A-line skirt, whether short or long, will help you achieve this look. You can even add a belt to really draw attention to the narrowest part of your figure.
If You're Slim: Wear Asymmetrical Skirts
Your frame is straight up and down with fewer curves — and that's OK! You'll do best in skirts that have ruffles or asymmetrical details — anything that creates the illusion of curves or a wider bottom. Fuller skirts will also draw attention to your lower half.
Alice + Olivia Jayla Asymmetrical Skirt
This sweet Alice + Olivia
Jayla Asymmetrical Skirt ($80, originally $265) is a hit.
If You're Apple Shaped: Wear High-Waisted Skirts
Most of your weight is concentrated in the middle, while you have narrower hips and strong legs. To create a more defined waistline, opt for high-waisted skirts that flow away from the body. The skirts you choose should hit just below the knees.
Express High Waisted Satin Hi-Lo Flounce Maxi Skirt
Get all glammed up in this Express High Waisted Satin Hi-Lo Flounce Maxi Skirt ($75, originally $90).
If You Have an Athletic Build: Wear Skirts Above the Knee
There's no need to cover up your athletic body, you worked hard for it! Practically any skirt style works for you, but one that goes above the knees will show off your strong calves. If you do want to go longer, opt for a good midi and pair with a simple strappy heel. The important thing to remember is to skip wearing chunky wedges or thick-soled shoes with your skirts.
Tory Burch Tech Twill Pleated Tennis Skirt
We love the feminine elegance of this Tory Burch Tech Twill Pleated Tennis Skirt ($168).