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Chic Summer Office Essentials -
Part 3 Skirts
I suppose it is time to flatter our bottom halves :)
I have posted a lot about tops in this series, it's time to focus on bottoms. Skirts are more flattering to a women's silhouette than any other type of bottom, in my opinion.
Great for the office, presentations, client meetings...perfectly appropriate EVERY time.
The photo on the left is definitely more of a whimsical style skirt. I really LOVED the photo. So fun with the Alice in Wonderland inspiration...
I will show you a few different types of skirts that are work appropriate and teach you what styles will flatter your shape the most.
I have a few suggestions for wearing skirts. As much as possible, accompany your skirt with a heel or wedge, something to give your legs extra length. If you have long legs, or don't carry much volume on your bottom half, ballet flats are fine, just make sure your skirt's hem is right at the knee or just above it (not longer). I like to see bare legs under skirts, but if you are uncomfortable with that, I would suggest a VERY sheer pair of panty hose. A wonderful client of mine shared with me that Talbots carries great sheer panty hose (Thank you Mary Claire, muah!). Skirts should be at your waist or high wasted and tops should be tucked in generally. Let's get started...
The High Wasted Pencil Skirt
This style hugs the waste, bum, and thighs. It is a super flattering cut on most body shapes. GREAT if you are curvy, especially if you have a smaller waste compared to your bottom half. Also equally as fabulous if you have little curve to your body and want to add a more curvy appearance. I would say a high wasted pencil skirt is a universally flattering skirt for sure! If you haven't tried one before, I would HIGHLY recommend it. This skirt will give your body some va va voom curves!
The A-Line Skirt
This type of skirt fits at the waist then shapes like the letter A and floats away from your body at the bottom. This is a great type of skirt if you have a more voluptuous bottom half (pear or hourglass shape) or if your shoulders are broader than your hips (inverted triangle). You need to be careful with the length, if these skirts are too long, they can add more volume than you probably want. Keep the hem around knee length.
Skirts, unfortunately, aren't a staple in most professional wardrobes I visit. They should be! Skirts are flattering and interchangeable with so many items. If you don't usually look at skirts when out shopping or getting ready for work in the morning, try it! They can do as much for your self esteem (if not more) as a power suit can ;) Thank you so much for reading!
P.S. Do you have a favorite skirt? What does it look like and how do you wear it?!