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3 Spring skirt styles for your body type and budget

Here are a few pointers for choosing your entrance-making skirt this spring.

t As we bid farewell to the last days of winter, we prepare for what’s to bloom this spring. When it comes to some of the hottest trends coming our way, there is going to be a full-on shower of amazing skirt styles, some of which we may even be tempted to try wearing now. While many of the skirts highlighted on the Spring 2014 runways are ideal for a range of body types, some women may be slightly unsure of what styles will suit them best. To help ease the shopping process, the following are a few of my pointers to keep in mind while shopping for your entrance-making skirt this spring.

Skirt trend: the flounce

t Spring hemlines have a romantic touch to make hearts flutter! The flounce hemline is the sweetheart shape of the season. Those looking to add a retro, subtle flirty twist to their closets for lunch meetings, the office or a family dinner won’t be disappointed.

t Best complements: curvy body types

t For your curves, the flow of the flutter is flattering! This skirt shape will balance your curves without competing against them. Because the skirt is more tailored up top, be mindful of wearing a body shaper.


t Shop the style: (left to right)

t Splurge: Agathe Ruffle Skirt (Tibi, $398)

t Moderate: Sleek Suit Flounce Skirt (Banana Republic, $79)

t Save: Flutter Skirt by Liz Claiborne (JC Penny, $22)

Skirt trend: the asymmetrical

t When it comes to the most avant-garde skirt of the season, the asymmetrical style comes to mind. It’s got edge, a whole lot of attitude, and can easily turn up your style appeal all by itself. Yup, this skirt shape is just that hot! Shy girls be forewarned, the asymmetrical skirt bares lots of leg.

t Best complements: petites and tall women

t Shorter body frames are flattered by silhouettes that are short on length, close to the body and have as little volume as possible. Because the asymmetrical skirt bares a lot of leg, it elongates petite body types, giving the illusion of a taller frame. The asymmetrical skirt complements taller frames, too.


t Shop the style: (left to right)

t Splurge: Nevada Leather Skirt (French Connection, $298)

t Moderate: Peter Pilotto for Target Black and White Print (Target, $35)

tSave: Floral Printed Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt (Charlotte Russe, $18.99)

t (Left to right: Vera Wang SS 2014, Donna Karan SS 2014)

Skirt trend: the long flowing skirts

t One of the most posh skirt silhouettes that made its way down the Spring 2014 runways was the full-length skirt. At first glance, the shape and length may seem simple. However, if this sophisticated belle of skirts makes your acquaintance, really take advantage of the ways the various long, flowing styles can be played up. Ideal for anything from casual looks to wedding dinners, some skirts offer ball-skirt flare, while others are traditional tried-and-true maxis, even having a touch of va-va-voom thigh-high slits.

t Best complements: tall and slender women

t If you are average-to-medium height, you can pull off the skirt length with a heel, keeping the line elongated. For those who are slender and tall, you can really show off the longevity of the trend, even with a flat (gasp) should you choose to toss the heels aside for an easy casual day.


t Shop the style: (left to right)

t Splurge: Alice & Olivia Maxi Skirt Kay Ruched (Bloomingdale’s, $198)

t Moderate: Pleated Maxi Skirt (Dorothy Perkins, $57)

t Save: Snap Front Maxi Skirt (Forever 21, $27.80)

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