I did a post not too long ago about the tips and tricks that us as shorter women could use when we’re wearing shorter skirts. I think that anyone of any height or size can come across issues when dressing with a longer skirt.
I’ve got a few ideas about what should work for us when experimenting with differing styles in the long skirt category, as I’m never opposed to giving up if something doesn’t work.
So when you’re wearing a longer a-line skirt, you’ll likely come across very few problems with this. This is because the a-line structure, starting narrower from the waistline and tapering outwards at the hemline, gives us a beautiful picture of a cinched-in waist, coming out and extending as far as the ground.
Pair this up with a set of heels underneath your outfit and you’ll be towering over all of your admirers!
I would normally advise that a higher waisted skirt would be the best option, especially if you’re wearing a top that is cropped or that has a higher neckline. But since the length of the skirt already gives you the illusion of longer legs and increased height through its length, you could always opt for a lower waistline, whether you’re going super-cropped with your top, or you’re wearing a longer top. On the whole, this style of skirt is so chic and easy to wear as a shorter women.
Long Pencil Skirt
Now this style is quite tricky to wear as a shorter girl, and most of the time longer pencil skirts will be no longer than the skins or ankles, in which case it will often have a small slit along the bottom edge of the skirt for flexibility.
However if you are opting for such a style, keeping it high waisted is the key. Now this might be quite uncomfortable since it is so figure hugging, and if you’re going out for a big evening meal or you don’t like to show off too much of your shape, this will probably have to be a no-go.
You could of course wear it in black, to minimize the parts that are often the most discomforting such as the torso area, or you could play with a variation of the style such as picking one with a frilled hem line along the bottom. This might not be suitable for certain, more formal settings or workplaces, but this will certainly give your figure more interest and ore oomph.
Or lastly, how about adding a peplum to the top of the waistline? A peplum is an extra piece of fabric at the waistline, which is normally a few centimetres long, and creates further width than the rest of the dress under it. It’s so chic and can look so classy on this simple straight line skirt, and it adds that level of dimension to a skirt that lacks much of it.
Frills and Embroidery
This is probably the most exciting part of wearing a longer skirt for us shorter women. Frills and embroidered patterns can come a plenty since there is so much fabric to work with. You could, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, add those frills along the bottom edge of your skirt, to give it some width and excitement. You could even add frills to the bottom of a long a-line skirt for that extra bit of fun.
And there really is no limit to where they can go too. They can be textured patterns that run throughout the fabric of your skirt, giving the outside of it another interesting and unique level. Or if you wore a wrap skirt with this texture along the edges, it can be another simple yet fascinating design feature across your skirt.
Regardless of whether this is a short skirt or a longer skirt, the slit dress is a petite girl’s absolute best friend. Yes, it is a kind of risky look depending on how far you want the slit to go, but it is one of the most charming illusions we can play with our skirt.
Imagine it on a perfect and hot summer’s day. You’re at a party that requires some level of formality, and it happens that the dress code asks for something that covers your ankles. This isn’t much fun as you’d rather wear something that doesn’t have to cover your legs. But you remembered that you have a gorgeous 2 piece set, a stunning ruched bardot top, and with it a long, summery skirt. And the best thing is that this skirt has a slit, so not only can you keep that illusion of height, while baring a bit of those ‘lengthy’ legs, but you also keep those legs from overheating as your legs has the chance to breathe. It’s a win-win.
Layers are a lot of fun in shorter skirts, but I think it’s more so in longer skirts. This is one of the best ways to play with those limited dimensions of ours, and really maximize them to the fullest.
The layers are where the possibilities starts, not where they end. Because of the structure it gives to our bodies, through the narrower waist and getting wider at the bottom, you can literally wear this with any kind of top. For a more formal event, you can wear a simple bardot tucked in, or a short sleeved wrap top to give you that v-neckline that lengthens our proportions. Or go casual, and wear it with a plain, crew neck tee shirt and some trainers, and let those layers do all the talking.
I think you get the idea here, I think that many, many different kinds of textures and patterns on a long skirt for us is the way to go, because it distracts the attention away from our shorter heights, and onto these amazing and intricate designs that so deservedly get our love. The ruching is amazing on a longer skirt for us.
As well as being a stimulating sight on our longer skirts, the ruche can be way for us to play on our width proportions. By placing the ruching on one, or even both sides of the front of our skirt, it can highlight those particular areas instead of the overall width of the skirt, giving it a slightly decreased width in comparison to our hips width.
Ruching on the top half of the skirt is also a great way to make our hips look visually wider compared to our legs and waist, giving them a more curvy, hourglass shape.
My final point is of course the well-known pleats. As I’ve said before, this reminds me of my high-school days as we used to have to wear long, navy pleated skirts. As a result, I’ve come to have a bit of a bias against them. But that doesn’t mean to say that you have to.
Its one of those pieces that always seem to weave in-and-out of trend, because it is just so classic.
The folds along the long pleated skirts create such a clean cut line along the vertical plain of the skirt. This gives it that more put-together and classy vibe. And these pleats can vary massively in the size of these folds. The larger folds are great for creating a much more clean cut, just lightly structuring a skirt that needs to work around the figure of its wearer. They are often placed on the front-sides of the kind of skirt, and are worn best with simple buttoned-up shirts, or a top that is a bit more fitting as the nature of the less-pleated skirt is often that it is looser an breezy.
For those skirts with a fully pleated hem, and the pleats itself being smaller, this can be much better for more creative looks. You can go simple, with a plain tee shirt, and the contrast of this outfit just gives it the right kind of balance.
You could even go overboard and pair it with a more loud and frilly top. Go all out there and make a statement in all these textures. This would work so well as the more heavily pleated longer skirts are often a little less wider, as the pleats help to give the skirt a more straighter silhouette. Given that though, it doesn’t take the definition away from the waistline, as it always has some room to move and spread out.
So there are many ways to make the varying styles of longer skirts work for us, just keep experimenting and having fun until you find the ones that really work for you.