The mumbai Mirror todays edition has an article with tips on wearing skirts… taglined “Skirting issues”. In case you havent got a chance to look at it. Fashionmate offers you with the full article below:
“With the monsoons making an early appearance, full length trousers and jeans are a cumbersome option for dressing as you make your way through muggy puddles and grimy streets.
Try on an assortment of skirts and dresses depending on your body type to sail through the season with girlie finesse. Here’s a quick guide to the cut and flare that suits your body beautiful.
► Pear shaped mayhem
While it’s never small enough, for some, thunder thighs and heavy bottoms are a genuine problem and not just irrational fears of the narcissistic. Skirts and dresses are in fact, a great way to veer the eye away from the rear.
♦ Dark colours work best for a slimming look. Black is your friend but don’t be afraid of colours. Bold bright prints and hues work great when paired with a neutral coloured blouse.
♦ Fit and flare A-Line skirts that hold the narrow waist and flare out from the hip balance the proportions of the body and get it in sync with the narrowness of your shoulder frame.
♦ For those measuring 5 feet or under, keep the length at knee level, shorter, or go full length. This will show off your slender legs or hide them completely and give your body an illusion of length. Skirts that end mid-calf break the flow of a glance and make you look shorter. Taller women have the liberty of having a free hand with the length.
♦ Skirts with flare or dresses that fit well at the torso and flare out from the waist accentuate the narrow parts of the body and are a great way to camouflage the wide hip area.
♦ Those with a heavier behind should steer clear of very short skirts. It accentuates the width of the hip attracting attention to your problem area.
► Pint-sized petite
Blessed with a slender frame, proportionate assets and a flat stomach, the petite are often the most envied lot. Their genes do give them an upper hand when it comes to finding the right fit.
♦ Most colours work well for a slender frame bright colours, pastels, richer hues. But steer clear of very dark colours or black unless you wany to look anorexic and gaunt.
♦ Flaunt the narrow waist and hips with short skirts in denim or cotton. These work wonders for both tall and short women. Team it up with a tee and flip-flops for the classic casual look.
♦ Figure hugging dresses and pencil skirts that hug the body until just above the knee also look great.
♦ Add a little flounce with balloon skirts and flaring dresses or skirts for a more formal occasion. Pair them with a smart fitting blouse to complete the look.
► Big boned
While proportion isn’t a problem here, an over-all bigger frame does make it difficult for the body to take on a delicate look. But there are a few styles that can help tone it down and do wonders for you.
♦ Semi-fitted clothes are your best bet. Nothing too tight and no need to hide behind oversized flowing clothes. A simple semi-fitted top with an A line skirt with a little more flare that ends around the knee works great.
♦ For a formal dress, keep it from hugging your body but don’t hide behind folds and cowls. Dark colours will aid in the slimming effect and the flare helps hide bulge.
♦ For a more formal look, teem the semi-fit with a belt and scrunch up the waist or under-bust to highlight the narrowest part of your body while still managing to hide the tummy and thigh problem areas.
♦ Feel free to use height as an advantage and wear knee level skirts with heels but if heavy thighs or wide hips are a problem, avoid the hem lines from receding any further.
► Top heavy
Being top heavy does pose a substantial problem for those looking for a fitted look.
♦ Cloak your upper torso in something loose fitting and light. The heavier the fabric and print, the more attention it’ll attract.
♦ Complement this with a well-fitting A-line skirt to balance out the body ratio. Slim-fitting pleated skirts will also highlight your slim waist, narrow hips and legs while taking attention away from the bust.
♦ Avoid tops with padded shouldered tops, deep necks or wide boat necks.”
Courtesy: Mumbai mirror