October 09, 2014

Wardrobe: Know Your Skirts

Skirts have remained in vogue since a very long time and in styles too many to count. Trends in fashion have transformed this uber feminine garment to fit in with all kinds of personal styles, from casual to formal and everything in between.

At its simplest, a skirt is a draped garment made out of a single piece of material. But most skirts are fitted at the waist, with a fullness below introduced by means of pleats, panels, gores and more. Modern skirts are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics including denim, jersey, worsted, or poplin. 

Here's a round-up of our favourite skirts that promise to push up the style quotient for any look.

Pleated Skirts: This is a skirt where the fullness is reduced to fit the waist with the help of regular pleats or folds that are stitched flat to the hip-level or left free to hang. It clings to the waist giving an amazing shape to the slim waists and a fuller look to the hips. 
Quick Tip: Team it with a sleeveless top in a contrasting colour for a chic look.

Hobble Skirt: It is a long and tight skirt with quite a narrow hem that make them a bit tricky to walk in. It was a short-lived trend around the turn of the twentieth century and the early 1910's. But in its all new avatars, hobble skirts are ready for a grand comeback. 
Quick Tip: These look best with a poncho or a loose shoulder top.

Prairie Skirt: It is a flared skirt with one or more flounces or tiers. Its long tip flairs on the front and the back and the angular cut flairs on the sides gather beautifully around the length of the legs. Their unique design makes them a perfect fit for pear-shaped women. 
Quick Tip: Pair it with a tank top or a noodle strap for a smart look.

Straight/Pencil Skirt: Straight skirt or Pencil skirts are tailored skirts hanging straight from the hips and fitted from the waist to the hips by means of darts or a yoke. In some of the newer styles, the slit is given an angle on the front which makes it easier to walk. 
Quick Tip: Team it with a nice light shaded shirt for a classy, formal look.

Bell-shaped Skirt: This skirt flares noticeably from the waist but then, unlike a church bell, it is cylindrical for much of its length. Bell-shaped skirts are the latest in-trend in fashion. They look best with a nice pair of ankle length boots or bellies and a pep or short sleeved top tucked inside the waistline.  

Ballerina Skirt: Based on the concept of “Tutu”, the ballerina skirt is designed using multiple layers of fabric. Being available in different lengths, they remain a popular pic for the contemporary stylistas.
Quick Tip: For a funky look, wear it with a well-fitted top and accessories.

Broomstick Skirt: It is a light-weight ankle-length skirt with many crumpled pleats that are formed by compressing and twisting the garment while wet, as if around a broomstick. Hence, the unique name. A rage during the 1980's, these skirts are becoming popular again in their newer altered versions.
Quick Tip: It gives a semi-formal look and can be a good option for an evening party.

High-Low Skirt: The new High - Low skirt is named so because of its difference in front and back lengths. Any tight fitted top goes well with it. It gives a funky look and can be a good pick for all kinds of casual occasions and events.

A-Line Skirt: This skirt is fitted at the hips but with a slight flare towards the hem, which looks like the shape of the capital letter A. The term 'A-Line' was first used by the famous couturier Christian Dior for his spring 1955 collection. Its latest avatar is the lace skirt where the fabric is of shorter length so that the laces are enhanced.
Quick Tip: Pair it with a nice top and accessories for an official/formal gathering.

Circle Skirt: Circle skirt is cut in different sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is very full but hangs smoothly from the waist without the need for any darts, pleats, or gathers. With ethnic block print and bright colours, it gives off a strong ethnic vibe in an otherwise, western look.

Maxi Skirt: Maxi skirt is an ankle-length skirt that is available in many different designs and patterns. Popular during the 1970's, the twentieth century's comeback collection in India earned them the name of 'ghagra skirts', owing to the beautiful and ethnic mirror/thread work.
Quick Tip: For an uber desi look, pair it with a spaghetti top and a printed stole.

Contributor: Anjul Srivastava


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