Full skirts that reach below the knee have been seen on runways and stars everywhere this winter. We’ve seen the look on Anne Hathaway, Camilla Belle, and Keira Knightley. It’s a look that works with a variety of figure types, emphasizing hourglass shapes and adding curves to boyish figures.
First popularized by the ladies of the 1950s, the cinch-waist, full skirt has had many incarnations over the decade, from bias-cut flannel in the 70s to today’s more girly styles. The best way to wear these skirts is with heels and simple tops. If you add too much volume on top, it’s easy to throw the proportions off. A simple, fitted scoop-neck tee or tank works well with this type of skirt, and you can top off the look with a fitted, cropped jacket or a slim, belted cardigan.
The more casual long, full skirts go well with boots, and those who are blessed with splendidly long legs can get away with wearing ballerina flats with them. These skirts tend to be especially flattering to women with smaller waists and slim arms and wrists, so if you have these, don’t be afraid to play them up, either with a gorgeous belt or beautiful bracelets.