The key to wearing skirts for hourglass figures is all about balance. If you go flared with the skirt – the top must be fitted. You always want to show your curves off.
You really suit flared, 50s style skirts if you like that sort of look, but always wear with heels otherwise you will begin to look pear-shaped very quickly.
Miss Selfridge, £16
LK Bennett, £295
LK Bennett, £295
Apple shapes often have fantastic pins, so you can often go for a shorter length than your pear shaped friends.
Not only that but you’ll find that you can pull off more interesting cuts, styles and patterns. Team them up with more block colour tops which will slim your upper body and balance the look.
If you feel your tummy is a problem area, look for tulip style skirts where the waist panels and pleats will disguise any lumps and bumps easily.
River Island, £40
I often find women who are pear shaped go for your typical White Stuff / Fat Face patterned, A-line (just on or below the knee) skirt. This is the worst style of skirt you could possibly go for, as it adds pounds to the hips and thighs AND makes you look shorter! To add insult to injury, it’s usually paired with flat ballet pumps which again knocks inches off your height and piles them on to your hips!
Whilst the thinking is the A-Line disguises the hips, it in fact adds volume. A flared style of skirt is fine, but it must be in a soft and flowing fabric which will add length back to your legs. Anything in a stiff fabric will add volume to the area you least want it to.
Try instead to show off and celebrate your curves with a jersey tube skirt. This gets over any issues of fit AND looks fantastic on your curves.
Main rules to remember if to pick a plain skirt and add lots of volume and detail up top around the neck and shoulder areas; ensuring that your tiny waist can be seen. If you feel you have a tummy, still go for a fitted top that shows off your waistline, but layer over the top with a fitted blazer to solve the problem!
Miss Selfridge, £45
Dorothy Perkins, £29
SKIRTS TO HIDE A TUMMY
1) Avoid elasticated waists! These will make the fabric puff out on the area you least want to draw attention to.
2) Stay away from shiny fabrics and light colours that reflect the light.
3) Look for a style that sits comfortably on the smallest part of the waist, and features pleats / folds / drapes over the tummy area.
4) Go for a medium – heavy weight fabric with a bit of elastane / viscose / jersey in it to add stretch to the fabric. You will find that it will skim your body much better and won’t cling.
5) Avoid fabrics that will crease easily otherwise creases will only draw attention to your tummy.
River Island, £25