A-hem! A Guide to Skirt Lengths

When it comes to hemline length, no need to skirt the issue. There really is a time and a place for everything. Before you zip in and head out, let’s review some leg-baring rules.

how to know if skirt is too shortMini
In terms of length, I’m a firm believer in Grandma’s golden rule: if you put your arms down straight and your fingertips fall past your hem, your skirt is too short. Regardless, this look is best for nighttime. To err on the side of caution, practice dancing in that mini before leaving the house. Trust me, you’ll know right away if it’s okay.

how to know if skirt is too shortAbove the Knee
A skirt that hits just a few inches above the knee is the most versatile of the bunch – it works anywhere from dinner with the in-laws to your desk. And it’s also one of the most widely flattering. Style with flats for day then transition (with ease) to heels for night.

15-06-09_skirtblog_kneeKnee Length
The always-appropriate knee-length skirt is best for fancy midday affairs and boardrooms. Showing a little skin (key word: little) is fair game in these settings. To keep a lengthened leg, pair with pointy-toed heels.

how to know if skirt is too shortFloor Length
I never met a maxi I didn’t like. In addition to flattering all body types, this style can be dressed up or down with the ease of a few eye-catching accessories. When choosing length, pick a maxi that hits an inch off the floor when you’re wearing heels.

So keep this guide handy. Before long, you’ll be in the swing of things.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2013