Miranda and C. want to know why PeaceBang advises against A-line skirts.
In a word, sweeties: frump.
Or should I say, “POTENTIAL frump.”
Skirts are a really tricky thing to fit, as are pants, and much more complicated than they first appear. If you obsess about finding a skirt that does the right things for you, you are not alone — they’re the devil to find and to wear confidently for women of all sizes and shapes.
Petite women have to make sure they’re not being overwhelmed by fabric or made to look too little girlish in shorter styles.
Pencil skirts are the go-to look for professional women, but really need to not be too tight. Even slim gals need to make sure they check themselves walking from the rear and sitting down before they purchase a pencil skirt.
Full-style knee-length skirts can make any of us look too June Cleaver, but check the archives under keyword “skirt” to see good styling ideas.
Gypsy Boho/Mother Goddess skirts are mostly dated and awful and should be avoided — unless you’re young and have a good eye for proportion and balance the gypsy skirt with clean, tailored pieces on top.
A-line skirts that are stiff and stand out from the body are always frumpy. They just are. If they have buttons down the front, you will communicate warm domesticity and not authority. Warm domesticity is very nice if you’re in that position in life, but you are not. You are a leader in your community and you need to look like someone who has something important to say, not like the most serious responsibility you have at this time is getting fresh cookies out of the oven.
If you’re a woman with a lot of shape, think about something like this style.
Or how about a nice longer pencil skirt? (The next items are all from J Jill):
This can work very nicely for a hippy chick, and by “hippy” I mean “possessing of hips.” I love a skirt with a bit of flare and some movement. This is a nice crepe skirt. Being short, though, I would hesitate to order this in case shortening the skirt would ruin the line of the swingy hem: