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A long skirt with some flare at the bottom makes for a classic feminine look. The profile of this skirt flatters most figures, as long as it has the right fabric and cut. Ask yourself where you want to wear your outfit and how dressy your skirt is, as this will help you design your outfit. A flared denim skirt works great for casual wear, while a gauzy number works for more formal occasions like a big evening date.
If you're on the voluptuous side, grab a long, flared skirt that hugs your waist. A long skirt with some gauzy layering or ruffles at the base looks ultra-chic with a soft knit sweater that clings to your curves without being tight. If you love your arms, wear a dressy sleeveless blouse, maybe the sort with fabric draping across the scoop neck for an extra touch of elegance. Throw a Pashmina shawl over your shoulders and you're set. Low heels add that extra touch of height to elongate your figure in a flattering way.
If you want to create a curvier look for your athletic form, go with a skirt that hugs your hips instead of your waist and has some layering to create a wider look. A skirt with a bold print can also make you look curvier. Wrap a scarf around your waist and knot it at the side, so it's swept up toward that side. Keep the knot slightly to the back so it isn't in view. Choose a solid-color blouse if you go with a printed skirt. Wearing a long blouse with some flare at the bottom also gives you the illusion of wider hips. Belting it at the waist makes your waist look slim while your hips look curvy. Go for a scoop or V-neck, or an off-the-shoulder blouse, to show off your sleek neckline and shoulders. If you really want to have presence, wear heeled boots or high pumps, or if you want to play it cool, go with low-heeled slides or sandals.
If you're rounder at the waist, the flare at the bottom of the long skirt flatters you by minimizing the width of your hips and waist. Add a solid-color belt that contrasts with the skirt, which should fall at your waist and have a soft but not clingy fabric. Go for a sleeker shirt, skipping embellishments like ruffling. Solid colors that match the skirt, and vertical stripes, really work for you. If you're pear-shaped, meaning you have narrow shoulders, go for a shirt with a wide horizontal cut at the neck and extra fabric that drapes down over your shoulders and across your chest. Shiny and patterned tops really work for you too, if you have a pear-shaped body. Adding a light shawl adds more substance at your shoulders, too. A wider heel balances out your look if you have a rounder figure, whereas stiletto heels could make your figure seem wider.
If you're on the small side, the long skirt can make you look taller. Heeled boots look really trendy with a long, flared skirt, which can have a clingy fabric if you're curvy or a soft, draping fabric if you're heavier or less curvy. A blouse with vertical stripes, or a blouse the same color as the skirt, also makes you look taller and sleeker. Drape a long, thin scarf in a contrasting color over your neck as a finishing touch. Lucky for you, all these elements make you look polished and sophisticated, too.