I love a pencil skirt. It’s chic, it’s smart and versatile and so on trend right now. Not all pencil skirts like me though. I have a triangular body shape so try as I might, not all of them fit me in just the right places. What’s a woman to do? Any body can wear a pencil, you just need to know what to look for. In all cases you must follow (not hug) the shap and contour of your body, and don’t forget you can always tweak the shape with alterations. Below are tips to beware of when shopping for your body shape.
Hourglass Figure: Go for a pencil skirt that sits just below your belly button. A hig waist will accentuate your bust and make you appear to have a short body. Wear it with a top that fits close to your body and a jacket with shaping at the waist to make sure you show off your beautiful waist.
Triangular or Curvy Figure: Your hips and thighs are fullest so be sure to watch the shape of the skirt. Don’t go for a shape that is too straight or it will cup your thighs. Look for a pencil skirt that tapers slightly below the thighs. NO bulky, thick or heavy fabrics for you though. Wear it with blouse or shirt tucked in (not too fitted) and a cardigan for a clean updated look.
Rectangular Figure: Your hips are most likely your smallest part of your body so go for a slim cut, fitted pencil skirt. You can have some fun with this shape with bulk, fabric, belts and embellishments. Wear it with a body hugging turtleneck to give the illusion of an hourglass or even a jacket with some flare at the bottom.
Oval/Circle/Diamond Figure: You have a tummy and are rounded in the front so make sure that you steer clear of anything that would add to your tummy. A pencil skirt with a wide waistband or a yoke will trim the tummy down. Choose fabrics that have a bit of stretch and are flat with minimal texture. Try to find a skirt that has a zipper on the side or back to minimize bulk and make sure that there is no detail (belt loops, pockets, etc) in the front. Pair it with a shaped top that sits outside the skirt right at your high hip (start of your hip bone). Add a fitted jacket and you are good to go.
There you have it, your perfect pencil skirt just for you! Yes, you can wear it. Know your shape and fit the largest part of your body first then alter to fit. Happy styling.
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