Classic Wardrobe Staples: The Black Skirt

“A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt:

short enough to arouse interest

but long enough to cover the essentials.”

~Ronald Knox~

 A well-made, knee-length black skirt is both wonderfully versatile and always in style making it perfect for a Classic Wardrobe. Before purchasing a skirt, however, it is important to understand which skirt style best suits your body type.  For the most part, skirts come in two styles – straight and A-lined.

Women who dress well understand their body shapes including the strengths and weaknesses of their physical attributes.  The goal is to use your clothing to create shape and balance, to accentuate the positive and negate the negative.

I am not a huge fan of spending a lot of time analyzing whether or not I am a pear, an apple, or some other kind of fruit shape. I think most of us can look in the mirror and figure out which features we want to highlight and which ones need a little, shall we say, guidance.

For example, if your chest, waist, and hips all measure about the same, adding shape might be your goal.  The best way to create an illusion of curves is to choose a skirt that either tapers in at the hemline or flares out.

If your hips are the widest part of your frame, an A-line skirt that ends right below the knee adds balance.

If your chest and shoulders are the widest part of your body, an A-line skirt is again the answer as it will add balance to your overall shape.

Do keep in mind that the fuller the A-line skirt,
the shorter you will appear. 
You can compensate for any resulting “shortness”
by wearing high heels to create a longer visual line.

If you are curvy, the pencil skirt should be high on your list to try.  By tucking in your shirt and wearing a belt, you can further accentuate your curves.


Tips for Buying a Skirt

  1. Lined skirts look better and last longer than unlined skirts.
  2. When sitting down, skirts should not ride up.
  3. If you have to keep readjusting how the skirt fits, it is the wrong size.
  4. There should be room for two fingers to be inserted between your waist and the waistband of the skirt.
  5. Think about the type of jacket you will want to wear with the skirt. Remember the saying, “Opposites attract.” Wear long jackets with shorter skirts and short jackets with longer skirts.  Avoid the jacket and the skirt being the same lengths
  6. Never forget that alterations are a girl’s best friend.
  7. Panty lines should not be visible through the skirt.
  8. Hems should sit straight when wearing the skirt – no dipping front or back.
  9. Pleats should not pull open.
  10. There should be no creasing or pulling across the break of your leg (where your leg meets your body).
  11. Length – resist the urge to follow the latest fashion trends, wear what looks best on you.
  12. Do a “sit” test with your skirt. While wearing the skirt, sit down in front of a mirror.  If you see too much thigh, the skirt, no matter how much you love it, is too short.
  13. Skirts that end at the knee when you are standing look classic and professional.


A Few Notes on Straight Skirts

  1. Straight skirts often have slits in them so you can move more easily; however, the slit should be small and never go too far above the height of the knee.
  2. A pencil skirt, a version of a straight skirt, fits well when there is no puckering of the fabric when you are seated and will allow for complete ease of movement.
  3. Resist the temptation to get a skirt that requires teeny, tiny steps unless you don’t mind taking teeny, tiny steps all day.
  4. The waist of a pencil skirt should begin in the area of the belly button or a little higher if you are high-waisted.
Classic Black Skirts