Choosing the most flattering hemline for your body type

Girl wearing a skirt
Wearing a skirt is a great way to flatter your figure or disguise certain body areas. To achieve the greatest look, it is important to choose the right length and cut for your height and body type. The style that is right for you is one that will accentuate your positive aspects and minimize figure flaws. Before you buy a skirt, follow these two vital tips:
1. Know Your Size
One of the most common shopping mistakes is selecting clothing that is ill fitting. Fashions that are too tight or too large will be uncomfortable and can look sloppy or unprofessional. Before you shop, make a realistic assessment of your size. Measure your waist and hips using a tape measure to accurately determine your size.
Hold the tape snuggly around your waist and take a deep breath. Doing this ensures that you will be able to comfortably breathe, eat, and sit comfortably in skirts and pants. Hip measurements should be taken approximately 7 to 9 inches below the natural waistline, at the fullest part of the hip.
2. Take The Mirror-Test
Stand in front of a mirror while wearing the shoes you typically wear with a skirt. Hold a long piece of fabric or use a long skirt to experiment with different hemlines. Beginning with the hemline near the feet, progressively raise the fabric, noting which heights are most flattering to your legs. Some hemlines can make your legs appear short and wide, while others create an appearance of length and shapeliness.
The hemline should never fall at the widest part of your leg, which is usually the calves or upper thighs. The most flattering skirt lengths usually fall just above the knee or right below the knee at the slimmest parts of the legs.
If You Have Heavy Thighs:
1. Choose styles with vertical lines or vertical pleating, which will help large thighs appear slimmer.
2. Try skirts with a flare shape that falls just below the knee. The slightly belled shaped can help balance out the largest part of your leg.
3. Avoid tight, clingy fabrics that can draw attention to problem areas.
If You Have Large Hips:
1. Avoid skirts with buttons, pockets, or other decorative embellishments around the hip area, which will only add bulk.
2. Try skirts with pleats that begin mid-thigh or with a slight flare at the bottom to help balance out the hip area.
3. Pick skirts with darker colors, such as navy, burgundy, or black.
If You Have An Athletic Shape:
1. Try flared skirts that hit just below the knee to help muscular calves look slimmer.
2. Look for skirts with vertical lines or pleats to make legs looks longer and slimmer.
3. Avoid loose or baggy skirts. Structured, form-fitting skirts are the best way to create a feminine silhouette.
If You Are Petite:
1. Add height by choosing shorter-length skirts that fall just above the knee.
2. Try an A-line skirt to emphasize the waist and elongate your shape.
3. Avoid ultra-long skirts. Hemlines that fall past mid-calf can make you look short;and stocky.
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