Best skirts for your body shape

Best skirts for your body shape

From bodycon skirts to pencil skirts, A-line skirts and flowing maxi skirts, there is an almost bewildering selection of skirts in the shops. But, sometimes one that looks so perfect on the model in the shop window doesn’t look quite the same on you. The trick is to choose one which flatters your body shape.

Read on for some styling tips and to find out the best skirts for your body shape.

Best skirts for your body shape


All body types have positive and negative aspects, and the key rules to dressing for your body shape are:

  • Accentuate and draw attention to what you like
  • Camouflage what you don’t, and finally
  • Flaunt your assets (within reason!)


So, what are the five key body shapes and the best skirts for each one:


Skirts for your body shape


The hourglass shape is often considered the most desirable and characteristics of this shape are a well-defined, narrow waist and perfectly proportioned hips and bust.

As you get older, you may also begin to put some weight on around the stomach area; in which case you will also have some characteristics of the apple body type as well. Some celebrities with this body shape include Sophia Loren, Dita Von Teese Salma Hayek, and Christina Hendricks.

The aim with the hourglass figure is to accentuate your feminine curves so fitted clothes are always a good idea and you should steer clear of boxy cuts and baggy clothing.

So, you should choose clothes that draw attention to your narrow waist. The perfect skirt for this body type is a high waisted pencil skirt as it will highlight your curves. As an hourglass, most other skirts will look good too, (except for anything too baggy).

I consider myself an hourglass with a hint of apple, and I love pencil skirts, especially lace pencil skirts! As you may have noticed I am also a big fan of belts, which also serve to draw attention to your waist.

Have a look below for a few examples of the perfect skirt for the hourglass body shape.


skirts for your body shape

Coast, available here. 

Skirts for your body shape

Top Shop here


The Apple


Skirts for your body shape


As the name suggests, the apple body shape has no defined waist and tends to carry weight on the stomach. The best asset for the apple shape is their lovely slim legs! Some celebrity apples include Oprah Winfrey, Rebel Wilson and Drew Barrymore.

Although, some women are ‘born apples’, many of us tend towards this shape once we hit the big 4-0, but don’t be tempted to try to cover your stomach area with baggy, loose-fitting clothes but instead choose clothes that create the illusion of a waist and accentuate your assets (i.e. those amazing legs!).

You will look good in high-waisted flouncy or pleated skirts that end above the knee as the waistband will be at the smallest part of your body, the flouncy skirt will camouflage the stomach and the shorter length will showcase your legs.

Other tips to styling this body shape include skirts that have side zips, vertical stripes and a shorter hemline to show off your legs! A pencil skirt can also look great with this body shape but make sure it finishes above the knee.

Avoid anything with frills or zippers at the front and if you wear a belt, make sure to wear it higher up to emphasis the slimmest part of your body and not on your stomach area.

Here are a couple of ideas for apple shapes:

Hallhuber Honeycomb jacquard A-line skirt

House of Fraser here

Skirts for your body shape

John Lewis here


The Pear

skirts for your body shape


The key characteristics of the pear body shape are (again as the name suggests), a wider lower body, so your hips are wider than your shoulders, and pears often have noticeable rears and chunky legs. Pears have a tendency to put on weight on their thighs and bums! Celebrities with this body type include Kim Kardashian (hourglass/pear), Jennifer Lopez and America Ferrera.

To camouflage a larger bottom half (if you wish to!), choose skirts in a darker colour than your top and the best skirt for this body type is the A-line skirt, which will highlight the smallest part of your waist and then gently flare out over your hips, minimising the width of your bottom half. Keep bright colours, horizontal stripes and patterns for the top half.

Skirts for your body shape

Ted Baker mesh panel skirt, here 

skirts for your body shaper

Bruce Oldfield Skirt in Oxblood, here 


The Rectangle



The rectangle body (often called the “boyish” body type) is again aptly named as, in this case, your body goes straight up and down with no defined waist. Your waist, hip and shoulder measurements are all similar. Many models tend to have this body shape – celebrities include Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman and Kate Moss and this is one of the easiest body shapes to style.

This body shape doesn’t have a lot of curves, and so the aim in dressing this shape is to create the illusion of curves, by defining the waist and creating curves on the bottom or top.

This body type will look amazing in body-con mini skirts, which will emphasise any curves you do have, and show off your flat stomach and slim legs. .

Patterned skirts are also a good idea, as the print will draw attention to your bottom-half, creating the illusion of curves, as is wearing a belt at the narrowest part of your waist. Peplum skirts are also great on rectangles as they create the illusion of an hourglass shape, as do skirts with ruffles and frills!


Skirts for your body shape

Tenki beaded skirt, here


Skirts for your body shape

Peplum mini skirt, here 

On the other hand, if you like the waistless look then rectangles can also look fantastic with a simple straight skirt.

The Inverted triangle


Skirts for your body shape


So I am sure that you can guess that the inverted triangle has a larger upper body, with shoulders being wider that the hips. Your best assets are your slim waist and legs.  Celebrities with this body shape include Demi Moore,  Cindy Crawford and Teri Hatcher.

The aim to styling an inverted triangle is to accentuate your lower body, so it’s a great idea to wear a brightly coloured, printed or horizontally striped skirt (keeping the darker colors for the top!).

Any skirts that create the illusion of a wider bottom half will look good on inverted triangles, so you should consider A-line skirts and any full skirts.

skirts for your body shape

Striped Midi skirt, here



skirts for your body shape

Sandro Floral lace skirt, here


Finally, what if you’re not happy with your legs? Then, a maxi skirt could be the perfect option for you! Depending on your body shape, follow the rules for body shape above but adapted to a maxi skirt. For example,
– if you’re an hourglass, opt for a high-waisted maxi that cinches your waist or add a belt
– if you’re an apple, opt for a flowy style that skims your stomach area.
– if you’re a pear, choose an A-line style maxi
– if you’re a rectangle opt for a body con style maxi skirt that clings to your legs, and patterned skirts will work well for you.
– if you’re an inverted triangle, you have the perfect body shape for a maxi skirt which will balance out your larger top half! You can wear pretty much any style!


If you’re not very tall, then pair the maxi skirt with heels, and opt for a slightly shorter version that stops at the ankle!


What do you think?  Do you know what your body type is? Which is your favourite skirt style? I am working on a free ‘e- guide to styling your body type’, so please subscribe to the blog if you want to find out when it’s available.  As always, I love to have feedback, so please do leave comments and if you are a blogger yourself, then please leave your URL, so I can read your posts too.
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Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

Julia xx

92 thoughts on “Best skirts for your body shape

    1. Thank you Siffat! You look fabulous in pencil skirts, but you look fabulous in all your outfits! xo

    1. Thank you Amy Ann. I agree – the right clothes can transform how you look and also how you feel! xo

  1. Goodness, I am still not sure what type I would fit into out of all of these. I might be a combo of the two. I am smaller on top, wide hips, but thin legs. These are all such great tips on what types of skirts to wear!!


    1. Thank you Carrie. Actually, I think quite a few of us are a combo of two shapes, although one may be more predominant!

    1. I agree – I think dressing for your shape is so important, but it’s possible to be a mix of two shapes. xoxo

  2. To be honest I do not know how to look good in dresses so I often settle on rompers. I am short and dresses tend to make me look even shorter.

    I’ve gained some tips from this post though, I’ll try to incorporate it the next time I need to wear a dress.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    1. Thank you so much Gretch! I’m glad you found it helpful! You could always opt for a shorter hemline if you are quite short xo

  3. Hi Julia! This post is very well-written and helpful. Thank you for the useful tips! Personally I’m a bit scared of wearing skirts, but this guide makes me realise that there’s a flattering style for everyone, which is good to know! I especially like the suggestions for pear shapes. It’s great that you’re working on a new style guide. Keep up the good work!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Lots of love Saba xx

  4. Wow I feel like you read my mind. I just pulled out a few of my favorite skirts, and I had a hard time making them “work” with appropriate shoes and fashionable tops. So I opted for jeans instead. I love wearing skirts but maybe I’m wearing the wrong skirt for my body type. This is a great post! I have a hourglass figure, I’ll be trying a fitted pencil skirt on my next skirt adventure.

    1. Thanks Rosy. I am a ‘combination’ body type too, so I draw tips from both! Glad you found it helpful! xo

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