Skirts are incredibly versatile articles of clothing. From fitted pencil skirts to flowy maxis, there are nearly endless styles to choose from. As such, we believe there is a skirt out there for everyone. If you haven’t found a skirt that you feel confident wearing, the problem could be that you aren’t choosing the right style based on your body type. Using your body type as a guide for choosing a skirt style can ensure that you get the most flattering fit and feel amazing while wearing it. To help you experience the joy of wearing a skirt that flatters your figure, we created this simple guide on how to choose the best skirts for your body and style.
Determining your body type
The first step to finding a skirt that looks great on your unique figure is to determine what your body type is. Below, we outline a few general body type categories. However, we recognize that there are so many different body shapes and sizes—way more than we could ever list—and you may not fit into one singular category.
As such, you should use these categories as a loose guideline and ultimately wear whatever makes you feel the most confident. In other words, don’t think you can’t rock a particular style just because we haven't listed it as one of the best skirts for your body type and style. Alright, now let’s get started.
- Triangle: also known as a “pear” body shape, the triangle body type refers to people whose hips are wider than their shoulders.
- Inverted triangle: those who have an inverted triangle body type have shoulder or bust measurements that are larger than their hips.
- Rectangle: people who have a rectangular body shape have shoulder, waist, and hip measurements that are all roughly the same size.
- Hourglass: the hourglass body type indicates a well-defined waistline and shoulder and hip measurements that are around the same size.
Best skirts for a triangle body type
For those who have a triangle or pear body type, A-line skirts look a-mazing. An A-line skirt is fitted at the hips and flares out towards the hem gradually to form a silhouette similar to the capital letter A.
A-line skirts accentuate the smallest part of the waist and create a nice balance between the top and bottom half of those with a triangle body type. Depending on your style preference, A-line skirts can be long or short. Pairing an A-line skirt with a more relaxed fit top that will add more volume to one’s smaller upper body is a great way to further balance out the look.
Another great skirt style option for those with a triangle body type is a classic maxi skirt. Maxi skirts have a cinched waistline that creates definition while their long, floor-length design elongates one’s figure and balances out a triangular silhouette for an incredibly flattering figure.
Best skirts for an inverted triangle body type
If you have an inverted triangle body type, one of the best skirts to wear is a flared skirt. Like an A-line skirt, a flared skirt widens out towards the hem. However, flared skirts are more fitted toward the top and flare out a lot more than an A-line skirt does.
The volume that a flared skirt provides will harmonize your silhouette by increasing the perceived size of your smaller lower half. When wearing a flared skirt, we suggest pairing it with a fitted shirt that will prevent the volume of the skirt from creating a wide silhouette.
Another skirt style that is extraordinarily flattering on an inverted triangle figure is a pegged skirt. A pegged skirt is narrower at the hem, with broad pleats around the hips and tapering down around the knees. Such a design gives a more curvaceous and lengthening appearance to the lower half of those with an inverted triangle silhouette.
Best skirts for a rectangle body type
Flouncy miniskirts are ideal for those who have a rectangular or more athletic body type. A miniskirt is a shorter skirt that generally has a hemline above the knees, around the mid-thigh. These skirts accentuate and add definition to the waistline while also elongating and showing off one’s legs. Opting for a mini skirt that has more of a flared silhouette, such as a skater skirt, can further define the waistline.
Not interested in showing off that much skin? Those with a rectangular body type that prefer to dress more conservatively will also look fantastic in a longer, mermaid-style skirt. Mermaid skirts are fitted similar to a pencil skirt and then flare out below the knees. Such skirts are perfect for those with a rectangular body type as they create the illusion of a more curvaceous silhouette.
Best skirts for an hourglass body type
If you have an hourglass or more curvy body type, pencil skirts are one of the most flattering skirt choices. Pencil skirts have a narrow, slim-fitting design with a hem that typically falls around the knee or just below it. The slim fit of a pencil skirt accentuates the curves of an hourglass figure and smooths out the thighs.
Similar to pencil skirts, tulip skirts also look incredible on an hourglass figure. A tulip skirt is a type of skirt that has a fitted shape with slanted pleats in the front to create a wrapped appearance and darts on the back for subtle shaping that flatters an hourglass silhouette.
If you’re looking for the perfect skirt for your body type and style, you can find it here at Cozi Bear Boutique. Our extensive inventory of trendy skirts includes a wide range of style options to choose from, such as pencil skirts, miniskirts, and maxi skirts. All our clothing items are hand-picked by our style experts to ensure that they exemplify optimal quality and are always on-trend. To find a chic skirt that makes you feel confident, shop Cozi Bear Boutique today. We are sure you’ll find something you’ll love.