How to Wear a Long Skirt

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How to Wear a Long Skirt
What you wear with a long skirt affects the look. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A long skirt introduces its own challenges to your fashion look. When deciding what to wear with a long skirt, consider your body proportions. If you are tall and willowy, you are made for this style. If you are shorter or heavier, you have some challenges to think about when you pair shoes and tops with a long skirt. Fabrics also affects the look of these skirts on your body. Most women who choose to wear longer skirts look better when the skirts are made of a light, flowing fabric with drape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Long boots
  • High heels
  • Body-hugging tops
  • Short-sleeve tops
  • Open-neck tops

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  1. 1

    Choose a long skirt that complements your body type. If you have a well-endowed posterior, find a skirt that flares at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Find a long skirt made of light, fabric that drapes easily rather than a skirt made of denim or another stiff fabric. Lighter fabrics move more gracefully.

  3. 3

    Buy skirts in darker colours such as black, dark blue and dark grey. Pair them with brightly coloured, slim-fitting tops, especially if you are wider on the bottom than you are on top.

  4. 4

    Pair a long skirt with a short-sleeved, open-necked top.

  5. 5

    Wear long boots with heels during the winter months; high heels with open toes during warmer months. If you are petite, the heels on your boots or shoes add more height to your frame. The boots or heels should be the same colour or in the same colour family as the skirt. This helps to create an unbroken line from floor to waist.

Tips and warnings

  • When you wear a long skirt, expose your arms and a little bit of your chest.

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