Go long or short for fall skirts, but get the right fit!

This fall, the fashion for skirts is pulled in two directions. I’m seeing short skirts right alongside long straight skirts and those with flounce hems (though a cute flounce hem adds a soft, fun detail to skirts of any length).


All runway photos courtesy of New York Fashion Week

While the trend may be headed both ways when it comes to hem length, the most important thing is that you find a length that works best on you.

So today I thought I would share a few tips on finding the skirt length you like the most — and leave the choice of plaid or plain, flounce or straight up to you!

  •  Get a good fit through your stomach and hips: My first tip has nothing to do with the length, but it can make a real difference in how a skirt looks on you. A skirt that is too small can pull in all the wrong places, and a skirt that is too large will swallow you up and make you look frumpy. Make sure you have the fit right first!
  • When in doubt, aim for the knees: A knee-length is going to be your best bet, no matter how long or short your legs. It’s also a good length to keep your look conservative without looking severe, so it’s the most common length to wear for work. Of course, knee-length can hit right at the knee, above the knee or below, and the decision of which of those works best for you may depend on how much you like the look of your knees.

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Vivienne Tam‘s fall/winter 2015 features a variety of skirts that hit right at, above or below the knee, often paired with kneesocks.

  • The miniskirt: Believe it or not, this length works for both shorter and longer legs, since so much of the miniskirt is legs. The question for you, then, is whether the super-short length is appropriate for the occasion. Then you can suit style to body shape. Need to add curves? Go for pleats and flared skirts that nip in at the waist. Or, to minimize hips and thighs, go for an A-line.

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While Rebecca Minkoff featured a variety of skirt lengths in her 2015 fall/winter collection, the bohemian feel met with miniskirts, tights and boots on several models.

  • The midiskirt: This can be a great look, but the length can be tricky. Don’t go for the one that hits right in the middle of your calf, which tends to be the widest spot. Go for something a bit higher or lower for a more flattering look. Go for heels to make the most of the length.
  • Go long: If the midiskirt is too tricky (and it can be pretty tricky), go for something that sweeps all the way to your ankles for a dramatic, flattering effect. As with the midi, heels are the footwear of choice to lengthen the look.

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BCBGMaxAzria also featured quite a few knee-length skirts in the 2015 fall/winter collection, but these stunning looks went for longer skirts with boots.

About Jamie O' Banion

Beauty expert Jamie O'Banion is a model and co-founder of Beauty Biosciences.
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