Rocking a Pencil Skirt: 4 Considerations for Your Body Shape

By Carol

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Skirt: ASOS Curve | Top: Target | Vest: cc McKenzie | Shoes: Michael Kors – similar | Silpada Designs Jewelry: K&R Collection (necklace, necklace, necklace, earrings, ring, ring); Sterling Silver (watch, bracelet, bracelet, bracelet, bracelet)

IMG_5399 Skirt: ASOS Curve | Top: Carmakoma-ASOS | Shoes: Michael Kors-Nordstrom | Silpada Designs: Necklace, Earrings, Right Hand (Ring, Watch, Bracelet), Left Hand (Ring, Bracelet, Bracelet, Bracelet)IMG_5401

Skirt: ASOS Curve (on sale for $18.34) | Top: Lane Bryant | Vest: Dress Barn – similar | Booties: Lane Bryant – similar | Jewelry: Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Watch, Ring, Ring

So next to flip flops, pencil skirts rank right up there with my all time favorite things to wear. They’re simple in design, easy to slip on, and can be dressed up or down. And the best news of all…..they can be worn on any body shape. These three skirts are from ASOS Curve. ASOS is one of my favorite online retailers with a wide selection of quality, on trend, classic, and fashion forward styles. I did a side-by-side comparison so you can see their pictures are accurate and what you see is what you get. The models are each wearing a size 14 and my skirts are all a size 18. ASOS sizing tends to run large so you’ll often have to go down one size on some items. They have a wide variety of skirts to choose from but before you purchase here are four things to consider before selecting a pencil skirt for your body shape.

1. Triangle/Pear – Curvy: It’s best to find a body con pencil skirt that tapers or has some curve to it. A straight or boxed shape will be too roomy at the waist and knees. I’ve found the lighter the fabric the better, which means tweeds or bulky wool fabrics with heavy lining are not the best options. Cotton and jersey fabrics with elastane (3-5%), or even a light ponte look best. Ponte is a tightly woven knit made with a combination of polyester, rayon and spandex. Spandex is basically stretchy rubber which doesn’t breathe and can get hot, so this is a great fabric for cooler months. Ponte holds its shape well and has a rich tailored look. I have a triangle shape and these skirts work well on me for all of the reasons listed above (light, cotton/jersey, tapered). The midi-length is also a great skirt length for curvy girls.

2. Round/Oval/Apple – Tummy: Pencil skirts with a high-waist and/or a wide band around the waist are wonderful for this shape. The high-waist and band gives the illusion of a waist while simultaneously hiding it. Also consider a slightly looser fit. Even with a shaper you may still have a VBO (visible belly outline) but it will be minimal. Watch the length of the skirt. Knee length or slightly below the knee (something that highlights your shapely legs) looks fabulous. Ponte and viscose fabrics give a nice polished look and does a great job of holding your shape.

3. Rectangle/Inverted Triangle – Straight: Fitted, tapered, thick, patterned are key words for this shape. Anything that draws attention to the waist and hips will create the illusion that you are more curvaceous than straight. Tweeds, plaids, gingham, checks, strips and other patterns, will do the trick, and gives you tremendous and wonderful options. Embellishments at the waist and hips adds interest and draws attention to those areas, which is particularly helpful for those with an inverted triangle shape. Look for skirts that fall below the knee and have fun with it.

4. Hourglass – Shapely: Beautifully patterned skirts of silk blends that hit at the waist and cut right at or above the knee truly highlight the beauty of your curves. You don’t need a tightly fitted skirt because your curves will shine through. Since you’re already curvy, you’ll want to avoid excess fabric or too heavy a fabric as they only create extra bulk in places you don’t need it. Horizontal stripes are fine just look for thin stripes with little space between the stripes. A tight stripe pattern actually creates a vertical line, where wide stripes maintain a horizontal line increasing your hip width. Overall pencil skirts are quite flattering on your shape.

Pencil skirts can be wonderfully complementary on every body shape, but not all pencil skirts are alike. Make sure you do your homework and find the right one for you.

By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post, just sharing my love of this fabulous skirt.

Live, laugh, shine,

Carol 😉

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About The Carol

I'm a 50 years young curvy fashionista enjoying my "second life." I'm a wife, mom of 3 and 1 goldendoodle. I'm a recovering attorney, accidental professor, successful jewelry stylist, and ...