HW's ultimate guide to the perfect midi skirt for your body type
The ultimate guide to the best midi skirt for your body shape
We are not ashamed to admit we have a minor obsession with midi skirts. We can’t get enough of that unique, mid-calf length that makes these skirts super versatile – you could just as easily rock the same midi skirt to a weekend brunch as to a fancy dinner at night, simply by switching up your shoes and accessories.
Your figure: Your bust and hip measurements are the same, and you have a small waist.
What works for you: You already have a coveted nipped-in waist. All you need to do is enhance it with something more form-fitting. A pencil skirt will accentuate the sexy curves of your waist and hips; just be sure to pair it with a cropped or tucked-in top to highlight your waist.
Your figure: Your hips are larger than your bust and you tend to carry more weight on your thighs and butt. You’ll likely have a larger bust too, which differentiates the pears from the triangles.
What works for you: You’ll want a midi skirt that rests on your natural waist, with a slight A-line silhouette to balance out your proportions.
Our pick: This flowy number from Y.A.S has got us saying “yas” to it, especially thanks to the tortoiseshell buttons that one up normal ones. Pair it with a shorter (or tucked-in) top to highlight your waist. Opt for a pair of heels to create the appearance of longer legs.
Y.A.S cotton button through midi skirt, S$101.90 from ASOS
Your figure: You have slender limbs but tend to carry weight around your mid-section.
What works for you: You have killer legs, so show them off while creating the illusion of a slim waist.
Our pick: A high-waisted midi skirt will balance out a chunky mid-section. Draw attention to those slim legs with nude heels or strappy sandals. You can also add a belt to further cinch in your waist and create the illusion of curves.
Gucci pleated printed skirt, S$1,709.91 from Net-a-Porter
Your figure: Similar to the apple, diamonds also carry weight in the middle, except that they have smaller hips and shoulders.
What works for you: Your mid-section is the widest part of your figure, so you need to create the illusion of a narrower waist. Opt for a high-waisted number that you can pair with heels to elongate your lower body, and pair that with a top that helps broaden your shoulders to balance your silhouette.
Our pick: A midi skirt like this one, with detailing on the waistband, saves you the trouble of having to accessorise with a belt.
Brunello Cucinelli belted checked cotton and silk-blend voile wrap skirt, $1,732 from Net-a-Porter
Your figure: You tend to wear a larger top size than bottom, and your body naturally tapers down toward your hips.
What works for you: Balance your upper half with voluminous, A-line styles that nip in at the waist.
Our pick: This vibrant swishy skirt features pleats in contrasting red and antique-rose hues, which draws attention to your bottom half. The adjustable drawstring adds a sporty element to it, making it perfect for wear on the weekends as well. Keep your tops simple and style with minimal accessories like bar earrings or a dainty necklace to avoid accidentally adding more volume to your upper half.
Moncler satin pleated midi skirt, S$493.54 from Net-a-Porter
Your figure: You have a rectangular body shape if your hips, shoulders and waist have the same measurements.
What works for you: You are probably on the slender side, so should add more volume on your lower half.
Our pick: Create the illusion of curves by opting for midis with ruffles, fringing or pleated detailing. Pair your skirt with a top that has bows or puff sleeves to give more “weight” to your bust area. We adore how this is the classic black skirt with a twist on it, thanks to the chunky metalware on its belt.
Pomelo Fashion metal ring asymmetric ruffle midi skirt, S$34
Your figure: Triangle body types are similar to pear shapes, except that your proportions are much smaller. Your lower half is larger than your top, but just slightly – so you don’t have to stress about balancing your silhouette as much.
What works for you: A midi skirt that starts at the waist and flares out towards the ankle. Pair it with an embellished top to highlight your bust or add width to your shoulders.
Our pick: It’s all about animal prints this season – as endorsed by Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Longchamp’s SS19 offerings. And we aren’t complaining. Since you don’t have to worry about proportions, don’t skirt this trendy pick.
Your figure: You have a skinny body shape if your pelvis and shoulder are in perfect alignment. You have a small bone structure and are as light as a bird. You don’t tend to gain weight quickly but do tend to lose weight with a blink of an eye. You’ll also have slender arms and legs.
What works for you: The good news is, you can wear almost anything and not look bad. However, the tip to looking your best is to wear pieces that are flowy and flared – even for tops.
Our pick: This exaggerated balloon-shaped midi will add more to the lower half of your body, as it makes you appear larger than you actually are. Pair this with a ruffled top to further amp on the volume.
Andrea Ya’Aqov balloon-shaped midi skirt, S$359 from Farfetch