We already did a “find your fit” special on trousers for women. Now winter is over, naturally we are doing another one on skirts! While finding the right skirts for work may seem like an easier task, there is an art to wearing the right skirt for your shape. Here’s what we know. . .
What’s your Body Shape?
While some of us know exactly what to wear and how to dress it based on our body type, a lot of people still follow trends wearing styles that may just well be a fashion faux pas on them. We can all admit that we’ve looked back at some of the cringe-worthy things we tried to fit into. Here’s a simple formula to follow when choosing a skirt for your shape.
If you have a classic hourglass shape, firstly congratulations for falling into this category. Hourglass figures are the ideal womanly shape that we are all usually trying to achieve with our styling goals, and choose cuts to create this shape.
This is the perfect body for a pencil skirt. You’ve got the curves so why not flaunt them? A pencil skirt flatters the hourglass shape by wrapping around the body, smoothing out the thighs.
The apple shape is wider at the waist, but they usually have a great pair of pins. If this is you, then don’t go too long. You want it to cinch at the smallest part of your waist so a higher-waisted cut works best. With a high-waisted skirt, you also don’t want to go too short or it will look top-heavy. Many of you may not have started out with this apple shape, but instead gradually changed over your 40s and 50s.
Slender or Ruler
If you are straight up and down with no curves, whether athletic or on the thin side, then you can wear almost anything. But normally this type tends to try and create curves with their clothes. Although a pencil skirt still wears well on a straight body shape, it’s always flattering to wear an A-line or flared cut.
The pear is a very common body type. If your top half is narrower than your bottom half, you are a pear shape. This shape looks great in midi styles. They also wear an A-line or flared shape well as it conceals the hips but pulls in at the waist. Pleated skirts also are perfect for the pear!
The Corporate Collection of Skirts at The Uniform Edit
Since the Biz Corporates Collection of corporate skirts are for the purpose of uniforms, the following styles are designed to suit most shapes, however, the body shape and fit rules still apply to a degree. Check out the range below and click the image to shop for that skirt online with us.
The Pencil Bandless Skirt
The classic pencil skirt is fully lined, skimming just below the knee, and has a bandless waist for a smooth finish. It’s designed to sit comfortably at the hips with a kick pleat for ease of movement. This skirt features front slant pockets and a modern front middle seam. Perfect for hourglass or straight body shapes.
The Chevron Band Skirt
This is one of our favourite corporate skirts that suits a lot of different shapes. It sits just above the knee and has a detailed waistband to pull everything in neatly. It features an invisible zip and back split. A great summer work skirt.
The Relaxed Fit Skirt
The relaxed-fit skirt is ideal for hourglass, pear, and apple shapes with a little more room than the traditional straight skirt. It has a decent size waistband, sits just below the knee, features front slit pockets, and has a concealed zip for a seamless finish.
The Flared Skirt
This is our most feminine and chic skirt. It suits almost any shape, but the best part is it hides larger hips if that’s your aim and creates shape for the rectangle/ruler types. This corporate skirt could easily be worn off-duty. It has a soft bandless basque waistband and sits just above the knee.
The Detailed Pleat Skirts
The Biz Corporates range have a Front Pleat Detailed skirt and the Back Multi-pleat skirt. Both are a great option for the pear, apple and ruler creating a feminine shape and drawing attention away from the waistline towards the legs. The front inverted pleats give this skirt movement and added touch of elegance. It also features the modern angled front pockets detail and has a narrow waistband for added comfort.
The Multi Back Pleat style has box pleats at the back, adding dimension to a more common classic corporate skirt. What we love most about this skirt is its handy deep side pockets and belt loops finished neatly at the knee.
All the above fits are available in the Siena suiting, comfort wool stretch, cool stretch suiting and textured yarn dyed suiting ranges.
The Custom Skirt Range
The Uniform Edit has always offered custom suiting in a range of quality fabrics. Our two most commonly used cuts are the Straight Skirt and the A-Line skirt
Our straight skirt is knee length, fully lined, and has a 6cm waistband that sits firmly around the waist. It features a back split and invisible zip. It’s a great option for hourglass or ruler shapes.
This is a unique corporate skirt as its semi-stretch fabric gives you great flexibility and it features rather large and deep side pockets for your convenience. It has a 3cm waistband with handy belt loops, allowing you to change up the look with different belts. The A-Line shape makes it flattering on larger sizes and wears great on a pear shape. It’s a great one for the apple and ruler shapes creating a smaller waistline with the A-Line cut.