Skirts are a staple in my closet during the summer, and a great alternative to shorts when it’s hot outside. Let’s talk about how to make your skirt outfits more flattering.
Why the “before” skirt outfit needs improvements:
- THIS TEE in this skirt outfit has a slim cut and is very lightweight, but when it’s untucked (or even tucked) it easily causes bulk at the waistline and hips. We don’t need added bulk there.
- There’s a stark contrast at the waist between the dark and light pieces, and that draws attention where they meet. That line should be at the narrowest part of your body; in this outfit, it’s sitting on my hips, which are several inches wider than my natural waist.
- The shoe choice can get tricky with long skirts. The less leg you see, the shorter your legs look. So FLATS (even pointed flats) create a bit of a squatty, flat-footed look.
A few easy ways to improve this skirt outfit
- Swap the tee for a BODYSUIT. Don’t be afraid of bodysuits! They’re a great slim choice with skirts that create a perfect tuck with no bulk around your waist. (And remember, you don’t have to snap the bottom of your bodysuit if you don’t want to — unsnapped still gives you the same effect!)
- When the narrowest part of your waist has that harsh line, it draws attention to that narrow part, giving your body an instant hourglass shape.
- A SLIM, SIMPLE SANDAL is a better choice for this outfit, because it shows more of your leg line. A sandal close to the color of your skin will help elongate that leg line even more. Don’t choose a chunky sandal, or one with a lot of straps.
- Since the outfit is pretty basic (no prints or colors), add a STATEMENT EARRING for a bit of interest and to bring attention up to your face.
If you’re more of a visual person, here’s the same advice in action
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Other summer outfit ideas with skirts
Why these outfits work:
- Skirt Outfit 1:
- Top is billowy, but tucked in the waist to minimize bulk and create an hourglass shape
- Legs are elongated with a neutral, simple sandal
- Flats or sneakers would work in this outfit because the skirt is shorter and plenty of leg line is showing
- Sleeve ruffle details draw attention up toward the face and give the basic outfit some interest
- Skirt Outfit 2:
- Knotting the tee slims down an oversized tee and accentuates a natural waist
- Printed skirt adds some interest to this outfit
- Layered necklaces and some earrings bring attention up toward the face
- Sandals or pointed flats would be great here, but a slim low cut sneaker works as well because the skirt isn’t too long.
Why these outfits work:
- Skirt Outfit 3:
- pencil shaped skirts are great options! Balance the fitted silhouette of the skirt with a slightly fuller top
- My natural waist is still defined!
- A light colored shoe doesn’t bring heaviness or clunkiness to the outfit
- The baseball cap works because there’s another casual piece in the outfit (the denim skirt)
- Skirt Outfit 4:
- These sneakers are dark, which draws attention down to my feet, but the shoes are still slim AND the skirt is a thick suede material and helps balance out the heaviness of the shoe.
- A white top works here, but a black top or striped top would be great to add some weight or attention up top.
- The skirt hem is short enough to keep the leg line elongated, even with a heavier shoe choice.
Happy skirt wearing!