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Long skirts are a great wardrobe choice for many reasons. When chosen carefully they are versatile, modest, comfortable and, of course, very stylish. Paired with the wrong ensemble or body type, however, and they can become decidedly unflattering. Knowing what to look for when shopping for a long skirt is a must to ensure your fashion choice is not a fashion faux pas.
Dressing modestly does not mean your skirts always have to sweep the floor. There are many styles that fall between the knees and ankles that keep you confidently covered and looking your best. If you are on the short side, a calf-length skirt will add some height to your appearance. But be careful to avoid a calf-length hemline if this is an area you do not want to bring attention to. Taller women may prefer a longer style which will provide a bit more coverage and a generally slimming look.
It goes without saying that ideal womens long skirts are those that offer maximal style while minimizing problem areas. The cut will also determine the style of garments and accessories that will complete the outfit. Here are a few of the most popular cuts:
Pencil skirts: A straight and narrow cut typically from the waist-line to the hem. Pencil skirts are a good option for most body types, although curvier women should consider a pencil skirt with a higher waistline.
A line skirts: A cut that is fitted at the waist and flares out toward the hem (like a capital letter 'A'). Great for an evening out, hiding curves in rounder women or creating a more feminine look for less curvaceous builds.
Wrap around skirts: Fasten wrap around skirts by wrapping the skirt (which is usually made from one long piece of fabric) around the waist and securing it with a tie. These skirts are often one size fits all and come in a variety of lengths. They may accentuate hips so rounder figures wear with caution.
Flared skirt: Flared from hip to hem, slightly bell-shaped. A long skirt that is cut to create movement, flares help enhance volume if you are thin and hide curves if you are round.
The fibers that compose your skirt determine not only the look and feel of the fabric, but your comfort, flexibility and mobility as well. Breathable fabrics such as cotton, Lycra or spandex blends, and poly-blends will offer you more range of motion than more rigid fabrics such as denim or tweed. Knitted fabrics, wools and velvet will keep you warm in the winter, while silk and linen are the perfect for a warm summer day.