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Your online fashion guide to 2012's most on-trend skirts

Every fashion-conscious women should have a basic (or not so basic!) collection of  skirts: from minis to maxis, cheap and designer and everything in between. It’s a classic, womanly number that can easily be paired with items of clothing in your wardrobe to mix and match outfits and instantly update your look.

We know you’ve got better things to be doing than seraching through online clothes shops to find the  skirt of your dreams, which is why we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled an online style guide to the latest looks, shapes and styles to fit your shape and budget. And after you’re done musing over your perfect skirt, all you need to do is go and find it over on our shopping and comparison pages. 1, 2, 3…shop!

2012’s hottest skirts styles

A-line Popularised by designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 50s, the A-line skirt is eternally flattering and should be a go-to for women of all shapes. It is narrower at the top, emphasizing the waist, and flares outwards, skimming the hips and bottom to create a smooth and womanly silhouette. And what’s not to love about that?

Mini The iconic mini skirt was adopted into mainstream women’s fashion in the 20th century thanks to Mary Quant and the swinging sixties and their place as a style symbol of Mod culture. Minis sit well above the knee and usually skim the upper part of the thigh.

Pencil The pencil skirt is a timeless shape that will never date thanks to its form-fitting yet flattering style. This shape became popularised by Christian Dior in the forties and was soon adopted as a key piece of officewear for women because of its feminine yet reserved manner.

Bodycon The bodycon (body conscious) skirt is a very body-hugging style in a stretchy fabric that highlights the silhouette of a woman’s body. The style has become synonymous with curve-celebrating designers such as Herve Leger and is a buzzword in contemporary fashion. Not for the shy and retiring, bodycon skirts are for women wanting to show off their curves and highlight an amazing pair of legs! Pairing with killer heels to elongate those legs is a must!

Midi The midi-length skirt became popular in the era of grace and modesty: the 40s, and has experienced a boost since 2011. It’s a hit thanks to it’s sophistication and girlieness and flatters the legs by exposing the ankle – the slimmest part of a woman’s legs.

Maxi The maxi skirt is another style that’s experienced a revival in the past few years. It all began with the Boho trend of 2007 when whimsical and floaty  long skirts were seen all over festival fashion. In 2012, the ‘mullet’ asymmetrical maxi and sheer overlay maxi skirt are both hot news.

Pleated Pleated  ladies skirts keep cropping up on the catwalks season after season thanks to the fashion world’s love affair with the fifties, Mad Men era. Either a prim’n’proper pastel, midi-length or a mini  leather skirtpleated skirts are having a moment and we predict they’ll be here to stay for the rest of 2012 and into next year. Snatch yours up now because it’s guaranteed to be the buy of the season.

 

Which fabric is best for my new skirt?

Satin A satin skirt in a pencil shape can add interest to formal wear and office attire. Beware, this style highlights any lumps and bumps so is best for those with a slimmer lower half. Stick to black to avoid looking outdated.

Velvet Velvet skirts have become a fashion statement over the past few seasons and can look stylish if worn correctly. Opt for muted, block colors (patterns and multiple colors are a no go) and avoid long and floaty styles.

Denim Denim skirts are one of those style staples that will never leave our fashion vocabulary. Whether short and frayed or A-line, retro and stonewashed, it’s a look that pops up time and time again. Especially around summer time!

Leather Leather skirts can add an edge to any outfit and add a focal point to a look. Go for an A-line, mini or pleated style depending on your body shape and mood!

Cotton Cotton makes a great option for skirts as it’s comfortable, breathable and relatively cheap. Even more, the clever fabric keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer – perfect for your summer minis and winter maxis!

Polyester A great, cheap alternative to more expensive fabrics, polyester is a perfect option for those on a budget looking for  cheap skirts.

Help me pick the perfect skirt for my shape!

Petite A mini skirt, or one that falls above your knee, is the most flattering option to fit your petite proportions.Add opaque tights if you want to cover up. Avoid floaty fabrics and shapeless styles as this will drown your frame. Wear a heel with  maxi skirts to elongate your figure.

Tall The maxi skirt was made for you! Look for stores with ‘tall’ ranges to make sure you get the perfect length that falls onto your feet. Wear with a waist belt to break up your torso and add interest to your middle section.

Plus-size Don’t be tempted to hide away under swathes of fabric. Choose a form-fitting number that’ll flatter your curves, such as a pencil skirt. Avoid horizontal stripes and overly-loud patterns.

Hourglass You have an enviously curvy figure, with fuller hips and bust and a defined waist. Pencil skirts were designed for your womanly curves and killer waist and a full circle skirt gives a gorgeous retro twist while highlighting your tiny middle. Knee-length numbers will perfectly highlight your silhouette, whille floaty maxis and shapeless numbers will drown you.

Apple You tend to carry your weight around your middle and have gorgeously slim legs and hips. Your perfect skirt shape is the A-line because it skims your middle and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. Avoid straight skirt shapes and details around the waist, such as zips or pockets because these can bulk up your silhouette. Luckily for the apple, mini skirts look fantastic on your slim legs – go as short as you dare!

Top-heavy A-line skirts that fall from the waist are great for you because they will balance out your proportions and add curves to your lower half. Avoid very floaty or very tight styles as these will make you look even more top-heavy.

Boyish If you’re slim with small curves and an up-and-down figure then the mini is your best friend because it shows off those gorgeous legs of yours. Pencil and tulip shape skirts will add extra curves around your hips and cinch in your waist. Avoid full skirt since these can look out of proportion on a slim frame.

Pear Like many women, you carry your weight on your hips and bottom and have a small bust. A-line and full circle skirts for women are best for you because they skim over your hips and define your teeny waist. Avoid clingy fabrics or styles such as pencil skirts or fishtail styles as these will highlight any lumps and bumps.

Skirt solutions for all your needs 

I want... Solution
A skirt for the office Pencil or A-line skirt
Dark, pastels and neutral colors
Don't go too short
To hide my muffin top A-line or full-circle skirt
Don't go too tight - get the fit right
Wide waistband
Heavier fabrics such as denim and wool
Add curves A-line or tulip skirt
Light colors and iridescent/ shiny fabrics
Prints
Be trendy A-line and Midi skirts
Pleated leather skirt
Look taller Mini skirt
Shorter hemlines
Blend shoes with your skintone or tights
Look slimmer Dark, block colors
Avoid prints 
Avoid clingy fabrics
Lengthen my legs Blend shoes with your skintone or tights
Heels, heels, heels!
Vertical prints and details