Michael Kors Cashmere Maxi
There are sooo many different hemlines to choose from… mini’s…knee-length…below the knee (50′s) and now the maxi!
It can be very confusing. Which length is most flattering on which body type? How short is too short?
So, I’m going to break it down.
1) Mini Skirts:
Forget that whole you can’t wear minis after 35 rule. Listen, I know you saw this rule on “What Not To Wear” and it applies in many cases, but as long as you have great legs, go for it! BUT, make sure the skirt is no shorter than your middle finger when you hang your arm to your side. Any shorter than that and you are entering the hooker zone. I wouldn’t recommend a mini to anyone who is overweight. If you want to wear a mini, but are worried about flaws on your legs you can either try a sunless tanner (St. Tropez sunless tanning mousse) or wear tights.
NOTE: If you’re going for the short skirt and showing off your gams, I would wear something more conservative on top i.e. a long sleeved blouse or a turtle-neck sweater. I have a 1 naked body part rule.
The most universally flattering length. This is your go-to skirt length. It flatters every height and every body type. It is also always the most office appropriate! With this length, give or take an inch. If it’s a inch above, fine. This is actually preferred if you’re on the petite side. Inch below is also fine. You can wear so much with the knee length skirt: A blouse, shell and blazer, sweater, etc.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010
3) Below the Knee:
1950′s Style! This skirt is really on trend for fall. It’s flirty and fun! It’s a wonderful length and shape for curvy ladies. Not to mention it’s incredibly ladylike and sophisticated. I wouldn’t recommend this length if you’re trying to snare a man (see Minis). But, it’s great for work and a demure night out! Pair with a cardigan and shell, an off the shoulder knit or just a really soft and pretty cashmere, short-sleeved sweater. Don’t forget the skinny waist belt, structured handbag and pointed toe shoes!
4) Maxi Skirt:
These floor skimming, Muslim friendly skirts are tough to pull off, especially for shorter women. I think it’s meant for tall, slim, bohemian type women and that’s about it. One wrong move and you can go from sporting a fresh, fall trend to looking like you’ve busted out a burka. Exercise caution with this length. (Not recommended for work or attracting the male population.)
Basically, don’t hesitate to hem it up (or down) this fall.
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