Although I am sad to see the warm Summer nights end, I am excited to break out my Fall wardrobe and add some new items to my lineup. This Fall season, there are two skirt styles that should be in your wardrobe. Both are easy to find, easy to wear, and they go with all top styles.
The first is the iconic Pencil Skirt. Christian Dior introduced the first pencil skirt to the fashion world in 1940. It directly contradicted the shapeless flapper gowns from the 1920’s. Women immediately embraced the curvy shape of the pencil skirt. The pencil skirt looks good on everyone, because of it’s curve hugging nature. There is a certain sexiness and femininity portrayed with the pencil skirt. It shows off your legs, and curves without actually showing them. The pencil skirt also carries with it a feeling of power, which is why it is worn in board rooms everywhere.
When purchasing a pencil skirt remember that it should fit snugly – not tightly on your body. Look for material that has a little bit of stretch in it, as it will fit over your body better and help hold everything in and together. Make sure your skirt hits just below or just above your knee. The final key to a perfect fit is to make sure it has a slit or some sort of vent in it – otherwise walking and sitting will be impossible while wearing the skirt. Start your wardrobe building by purchasing the classic black pencil skirt, as this will never go out of style.
This Fall patterns are everywhere, so the trend in pencil skirts is bold patterns. When wearing this bold skirt – be sure to pare everything else down and let the skirt do the talking. The skirt can be paired with loose or tight-fitting tops. If you choose a more loose-fitting blouse, make sure you tuck it in. And to really rock the pencil skirt – pair it with sky high heels.
The second skirt to add to your Fall wardrobe is the Midi. The Midi skirt was also introduced in the 1940’s when elegance reigned supreme. The Midi was short-lived though and was replaced in the 1960’s by the Mini. Since then it has tried to make a comeback with little success until last year at Fashion Week and it is staying strong for another season. The Midi is great because it provides extra coverage while still looking elegant. The Midi channels some of Audrey Hepburn’s magic, with it’s often belted-higher waist and full skirt.
There is usually two lengths to the midi skirt. A few inches below your knee – so at the top of your calf, or a few inches above your ankle, at the start of your calf. You will find many different styles – full skirt, a-line or pencil. A full skirt usually has a high waist and is flattering on all body types, but is especially great for those with bigger hips and thighs because it does a great job of hiding those areas. The A-Line also provides coverage from the hips and thigh area. My only piece of advice is that make sure it does not hit at the widest part of your calves – as this will make them look bigger. Midi skirts most often look the best when the top is tucked in, and belted, especially when wearing the full or a-line style.
The fun thing about the Midi is that there are so many ways to wear it – and usually a lot of different patterns to choose from.
These two skirts are fabulous additions to any wardrobe. Both styles are flattering to all figures and will add grace and femininity to your wardrobe. They can be dressed up with heels or can be dressed down with flats and boots. Make sure you find a skirt that flatters your body the best and emphasizes your curves. Fall 2012 style is all about bold prints and patterns, so don’t be afraid to choose a skirt or two that is full of personality.