How To: Find the Perfect Skirt for Your Body



Like a classic dress, skirts are one of the most feminine pieces a girl can wear, which is why it’s crucial for us to properly stock our closets with the right skirts for our body type. It’s important to remember that there is no perfect body type and each shape has its own styling advantages. The key is to show off our best assets and divert the attention from areas of insecurity. As women it’s vital to love our bodies and part of that process is knowing how to properly style your individual body type.



What’s your body type?

The banana shaped body, also sometimes known as the ruler shape, has no obvious size differences between the hips and busts. This results in almost a straight/boyish appearance. The apple shape has broader shoulders compared to their narrow hips, while a pear shaped body has hips that are larger than your shoulders. And last but not least the hourglass shape is where your shoulders and hips are almost equal in size separated by a narrow waist.

(Basic Body Type Chart via

One of the trickiest things about picking summer skirts is determining the proper hem length. Not only do hem trends change drastically, but with so many extreme opinions on the subject matter, choosing the proper length can sometimes be a challenge. Rather than letting the opinions of others influence your style, it’s important to wear what makes you feel most comfortable. A good rule of thumb is to have the hem fall at the leanest part of your leg; this is usually mid-thigh or just below the knee. For those of you who are leg shy, maxi skirts are a fabulously fashionable skirt option.

Below are three of my favorite skirt styles, as well as their body perfect breakdown:

High Waisted Skirts

This style of skirt hits right at your natural waist, which is generally the smallest part of your torso. The cinched style of this skirt will offer a slender appearance, while masking the dreaded belly bulge. Try avoiding larger waistbands, as these can sometimes draw attention to your midsection and be unflattering. One of my favorite high waisted styles is the tulip skirt, which can be ultra flattering if you’re a girl with curves, ideal for pear shape and hourglass figures.


  1. Topshop Striped Lantern Skirt
  2. Forever21 Circle Skirt
  3. Topshop Aztec Dip Dye Skirt


Maxi Skirts

Many women feel that maxi skirts are best left for taller fashionistas when in reality they are actually a great way to give the illusion that you’re taller than the charts may say. When picking the perfect summer maxi remember the shorter you are, the slimmer the skirt should be to avoid an overbearing appearance. Also opt for a high waisted maxi to help achieve a visually elongated look. If you have a banana or apple shaped body, try a flared maxi for added shape and balance. Also go with a lightweight fabric in lighter hues for a classically chic ensemble.


  1. Style by Marina Paisley Print Maxi Skirt
  2. Topshop Pleated Maxi Skirt
  3. LC Lauren Conrad Chevron Stripe Maxi Skirt


Professional Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are perfect for pear and hourglass shaped bodies, looking to show off those killer curves. Retro pencil skirts are becoming a huge trend, so try rocking an extra long pin up pencil skirt for an extra dash of fash. If you have the banana shaped figure, go for a pencil skirt with a peplum to help create the illusion of a curvier physique. This added flare can also help transition your pencil skirt from office attire to a high fashion date night look. For an even more flattering appearance, try a pencil skirt with a side slit to draw attention to your legs and away from your midsection.



  1. Forever Flounce Pencil Skirt
  2. Topshop Peplum Pencil Skirt
  3. Forever21 Bow Trim Pencil Skirt

Don’t be afraid to wear whatever skirt makes you feel most stylish and happy. Remember, there is nothing more attractive than confidence and if you’re wearing something that makes you feel great, everyone around you will be sure to take notice.

Which skirt style will you be sporting this summer?

Fash Boulevard

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Categories: Anna James, Wear
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  • Melissa Panici

    I love the high waisted skirts! Definately getting me some of those! This is really great advice Anna. Thank you!

  • Stacie

    This is a really good post! I really appreciate it, even though I’m apparently a banana :/ I’ve never heard my body-type called that before!

  • Melissa LaRose

    This post is EXACTLY what I have been looking for, such great tips!!!! :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Melissa Burke

    I don’t know whether I’m a banana or hourglass.. I’m pretty slim, 117lbs and 5’7. But then I thought I have a slim waist as well 35:25:36… But I don’t look like I have “”killer curves””. I look like a twig LOL. I’m baffled

  • Tiffani Stuart

    LOVE this! I’m an Hourglass… with a little more sand in it, lol. I love dresses & skirts!

  • Petra Zeller

    Amazing Post and Tips Anna. I love high waisted skirt and maxi skirt.
    xo, Petra <-- take a look on my new Outfit Post with a Paper Crown Skirt 😉

  • Shannon H

    Omg, this post is amazing. The tips are great and I’m excited to learn that I have an hourglass figure. Love your outfit as well. You look beautiful.

  • Emily Hobbs

    I love your outfit! Love the pop of yellow and the flower! Thanks so much for the tips, I need more skirts (:

  • Sabah Williams

    I definitely need a new pencil skirt! Thanks for the reminder Anna!

  • Sarah Lawson

    Anna, this post is so well thought out. You should start your own magazine. lol. I’m obsessed with your outfit. Where is the blazer from?

  • Chanel Hason

    Looks like I will be purchasing more pencil skirts 😉 Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I just love wearing high-waisted skirts and I have many of them and also the pencil skirt!!

  • Christina Graci

    I’m loving high waisted mullet skirts!

  • T Girl

    shut up, this post is amazeballs. You just keep getting more awesome. I love all the tips and the maxi’s you pulled.

  • Marisa Clear

    Hi Anna. I’ve never commented on here before but I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are. I look forward to all your post on here and your blog Fash Boulevard. You seem so sweet and real, unlike so many LA and NY girls. I wish you all of the success in the world. I hope to see you on TV someday. I’ll be watching.


  • Monica Costa

    Anna, fantastic post! It’s wonderful to see a post that gives directions based on body type. Really enjoying all of your posts!

  • Mallory

    Love this. Thank you for the tips Anna!

  • kristenkelli

    Love the skirt tips! My new favorite way to shop for skirts is – you can design your own skirt and it’s made to fit your measurements!!! I’m really loving the peplum trend too!

  • Ally Powell

    You look amazing, Anna. I can tell alot of work went into this. Very useful.

  • Martin M

    It is so hard to find the perfect skrit cause the body shape differs at each person. Greetings from Germany :) XOXO

  • Marielisa Gomez

    Maxi dresses are my favoriteeee!!! I really think they flatter every body type, and are super feminine and comfortable!! Loved this post!

    Btw, you can enter a MAJOR giveaway here:

    good luck!! and happy weekend!


  • Linh Ly

    thank you for all the skirt tips! i’m a petite girl so this helps. loving the peplum trend!


  • Gina Aldrich

    these skirts are so cute! I love the maxi skirts! I didn’t know I could wear them because I’m short. Thanks!:)

  • Liesl

    I’m lucky to have an hourglass body shape, so I can wear pretty much any type of skirt. Thanks for once again writing a very informative and fun post, Anna! I look forward to your article every week! <3

    Liesl xxx

    P.S. I’m having a Michael Kors GIVEAWAY on my blog, come check it out!

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    skirts are literally my fav thing to wear during the summer…feminine and easy! thanks for the post :)

  • Victoria s

    soo true…. ive always loved pencil skirts which Ive posted in the past

    you look stunning

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I’m loving the tips! Thanks Anna! I finally feel like I can identify my body type which will help tons when shopping for all of these skirts! They’re all so adorable, but I’m in love with high-waisted skirts. They’ve always been my go to because they’re super flattering!

  • heidi kokborg

    I always love your post – you amaze me every time! I love highwaisted and pencil skirts! And maybe I

  • Charlotte Carmichael

    Great post – I love the Topshop printed skirt! The weather in Scotland isn’t nice enough to wear skirts yet but fingers crossed!

  • Alida Olmstjerna

    This was really helpful!


  • Kelly Burt

    My favorite is the professional pencil skirt!!

  • Kristin Albrecht

    I love this post, I am going skirt shopping tonight!

  • Vanessa Gatlin

    I love that there was one striped skirt in each category! Stripes are so “”in”” right now…especially for fashionistas in Boston.

    Wanna know what else is “”in”” for Bostonian ladies and the style-concious everywhere? Check out Little Black Blog BOSTON! xo, Vanessa

  • Eva Kosec
  • Christine Madiraca

    love maxi skirts and dresses!

  • Melissa mould

    Great post anna – I love the look too. The braid is so cute

    I love pencil skirts or skater skirts on me personally as I fall into hourglass :)

    I have a few OOTD posts on my blog in this style


  • Kimmy S

    Really REALLY gret tips here Anna. I love your blogs!

  • Rebecca Lawson

    Pencil skirts are definitely my go-to skirt! I also like the high waisted tulip skirts and mini skirts during the summer. I’m a tall girl so enjoy being able to show off my legs when its warmer…as long as I feel good about my tan! 😉 Will you do a post on tanning?? I would love to read what you have to say about it. Different options available, safety, etc. Thanks!!!

    Best, Rebecca

  • jill s

    Great blog, it is true, no women has the same shape and sometimes it is very difficult to find what looks best on your body… for more on fashion, trends and everything hair like us on facebook!

  • Maxwell Coffee

    I like skirts of all styles.Hahaha

  • Martin M

    It is really hard cause the shape can be so different. I work as a freelance designer and Im very often borred of the skinny models. Next wekk Im at the Berlin Fashion Week and still yet frustrated that most of the models dont have curves. Greeings from Germany. XOXO :)

  • Jennifer McCann

    The next post should be what shoes to wear with each skirt…

  • Taryn Rhodes

    I swear I wear a high waisted shirt everyday I’m still carrying some baby weight in my tummy and high waisted skirts are so flattering!

  • Paige Romei

    I lovee this article, it helps alot. I have a pear/hour glass figure and I hate not having options, but this helps see all the diffrent styles and how it works with your body. lovee it!

  • debora f

    great tips

  • Tory

    My body type is curvy/ apple. I have very thin almost too skinny legs, but I also have hips and a little belly. I’m not flat chested at all a C cup. How do I make my legs look less skinny. I love to wear skirts, but not sure how to dress for Bussiness Professional interview wearing one. Should I just wear Pants?

  • Sarah Elizabeth

    I am in love with pencil skirts. I only have two though! SADFACE. But my friends and I always have skirt days at school where we all wear skirts. And you will always see me in one of my pencils.

  • sabriye sab

    HELP:i have this beautiful blouse in my closet and i know exactly how i want to wear it.I wanted to pair it with a long black high waisted maxi skirt.Anyone have any idea where i can find this skirt?

  • Cris

    This wasn’t too helpful…

  • india

    I only looked on here because i don’t know what school skirt to get… i’ve decided i’ll just get two.

  • Lo

    WOW…”as women it’s vital to love our bodies” and then you go ahead and tell us what parts we should be hiding and covering up. Why don’t you encourage people to wear whatever they want, you shallow airhead?



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