Lengths of skirts and dresses come in all sorts of styles, from barely touching your thighs to trailing along the floor. Interestingly, the fashion for short and long skirts rises and falls as quickly as the Australian stock market.
But whether we’re in a boom or a recession, you want to make sure that you wear the correct length skirt for your body type and the occasion. You don’t have to stick to one type of skirt. But you should think about what different skirt lengths suit your shape and body and which situations it’s appropriate to wear them in. For example, formal dresses are almost never suited to the work environment.
Mini and Short Skirts
Mini and short skirts can be tremendously flattering on lots of different body shapes. Ideally, a short skirt should end where your fingertips lie on your thighs when you stand up with your arms straight by your sides. Any shorter and you risk showing just a little too much flesh. Showing some leg can be a good thing though, as it elongates your body.
They’re especially good if you’re petite or have shorter legs. And if you aren’t one for showing skin you can show off your hosiery and shoes instead. But be careful wearing shorter skirts in more formal or professional situations. You should also avoid short skirts if you have a fuller midriff.
Skirts that fall at, above or just below the knee are versatile and look great on just about any body shape. They don’t have to fall exactly to your knee, which is great if you have shorter or longer legs. It doesn’t matter if they end up a little higher or lower than intended.
Knee-length skirts are perfect for dressing for a job interview, because they’re smart (especially a smart pencil skirt) but not too restricting. If you have shorter legs, you can raise your skirt a little above the knee to show more skin and elongate your legs.
Midi skirts can be difficult to wear because they tend to fall mid-calf, which is the fuller part of your calves. If you have lean calves and are average to tall height, a midi skirt can look great if you style it the right way. But if you have thick calves or are petite, it might be best to avoid midi skirts.
Long and Maxi Skirts
You need to be careful about choosing the right skirt. It can be difficult for petite women to wear a floor-length skirt, which could make them look smaller and shorter. Snug-fitting maxi skirts are best for petite people, so a flowing skirt doesn’t swallow their figure. Taller women usually look great with a flowing maxi skirt, and they’re brilliant for the summer.
If you’re unsure about which hemlines are best for which occasions, just remember that more professional environments call for less skin.
Save your fun and flirty skirts and dresses for nights out and avoid them in the office.