- Length - Many ladies go for long maxi skirts, aiming for 'maximum coverage'! If you are plus size, it can be tempting to 'tent' yourself in fabric, but why not try something a little different this Summer?. As a general rule of thumb, a good place to end a skirt is just above or if you don't like to show them off, just below the knee. This works well as it is a narrow part of the leg, and creates the illusion that your legs are slimmer.
Try a skirt that hits you just below the knee - usually the most shapely part of your leg
- Pattern - Consider the scale of the pattern on your skirt, the scale of what we wear is more flattering if it is in harmony with our own scale. Try to avoid ditsy florals and tiny fine patterns which might make you look 'big' in comparison.
This larger scale floral pattern is really flattering
- Fabric - This is where the importance of your body shape really comes into play! Just because you are plus size, doesn't necessarily mean that you are curvy. Have a look at yourself in the mirror (go on! honestly, there's no monster there!) do you have a curvy hips and bust and a defined waist? Or are you more straight up and down with a flattish bottom and rectangular in shape? If you are curvy then you will be better off draping your curves in soft fabrics and bias cuts. If you are straighter in shape then stiffer fabrics such as linen and cotton tend to work well.
The straight lines and stiff linen fabric of this skirt will really suit someone who is straighter in shape
Curvy? Show off those curves with a flattering bias cut that will drape beautifully over your hips and bottom!
So there we go, some top tips to help ease you into wearing a skirt this Summer!
Disclosure: This Post was brought to you by Bon Marche, but all opinions and wording remain my own.