How to Wear – Your Best Skirt Shape

This is the season of the skirt, the Spring shows were full of them. If you aren’t a skirt wearer maybe it’s because you just haven’t found the right one for you. Maybe skirts that fit your hips are too big on the waist (pear shape) or the waistband digs in (you may be apple shaped) or they twist around your body and won’t lay flat. So here are my tips for choosing a skirt to suit your body shape and plenty of options for you to buy.

Neat Hourglass shape

Best skirt styles for your body shape

Knit // Skirt // Sandals

Lucky you, most skirt shapes will work. But don’t hide your great shape, show of your waist with detail or belts.

You can wear pencil, A-line, narrow pleats and bias cut skirts

More skirts for the Neat hourglass:


Full hourglass shape


Best skirt styles for your body shape - full hourglass

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Your skirts need to move with your curves. Choose softer fabrics or those with some stretch.

You can wear wrap skirts, bias cut, flip or a soft pencil shapes.

More skirts for the full hourglass:


Pear shape

Best skirt styles for your body shape

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You need shapes that fit your waist but aren’t tight on the hips so A-line and flared skirts are your best choices. Show off your slim waist and draw the eye upwards to shoulder line with detail or wide necklines.

You can wear A-line, soft flared, bias and flip styles.

More skirts for pear shapes:


Column shape

Best skirt styles for your body shape

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Wear straight lines that have some shaping at the waist. Most column shape women have great hips so don’t be afraid to show them off in a fitted skirt. If a skirt twists around the body it may be bias cut and won’t work with your straight lines.

You can wear Pencil, panelled and pleated skirts.

More skirts for column shapes:


Apple shape

Best skirt styles for your body shape - Apple shape

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Choose a skirt without a waistband that just pulls on and lays flat on your tummy like the one above. Choose skirts in softer fabrics but that hang in a straight line.

You can wear bias and straight skirts without a waistband.

More skirts for apples shapes:

Will you be buying skirts to add to your capsule wardrobe this spring?


  1. Pat
    March 4, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Great tips, Maria. Skirts are so much easier to fit than pants and great for warm summer months. It’s I me to review my spring/ summer wardrobe. Thanks for the reminder.

    A faithful fan,

    • Maria
      March 5, 2016 / 11:55 am

      Hi Pat, thank you for your comment – I tend to spen most of my time in trousers but I’m definitely adding some skirts for this spring/summer.

  2. Abby
    March 5, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Love the wrap top /skirt combination. Given me inspiration for shopping to update my work wardrobe. Thanks Maria -you’re a star!

    • Maria
      March 5, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Hi Abby, thank you for your comment I’m glad it helped. Enjoy your shopping! We just need some milder weather now.