The Full Skirt: A Guide to Fall’s Uber-Feminine Piece

On fall’s must-have list: a full skirt (or four). Along with peplum – which is, for the record, still going strong – this ladylike piece is one of the season’s most flattering. Waists are rendered teeny-tiny. The hipless are granted curves. The pear-shaped? Now hourglasses. And, if that didn’t lure you, it’s also decidedly simple to pull off. Here’s how.

The Full Skirt

When choosing a full skirt, don’t worry about fullness unless your goal is to downplay your upper body and up the attention on your gams. If this is the case, a full skirt may not be the right style for you. This season’s full skirts are almost whimsically voluptuous, best done in thicker, structured fabrics like lace. Their point is to define the waist, not flatter the legs.

Consider length instead. Your full skirt should hit right below the knee. Disregard the heaps of celebrities wearing them a few inches longer. It’s not flattering, even on the most stylish. If your skirt is longer, have your tailor up the hem.

As for what to wear on top, think slim. Again, the full skirt’s goal is to highlight the waist, so pair with papery, tucked-in sweaters, button-fronts tied at the waist, or, if you’re feeling bold, a full-on crop top.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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September 2, 2013