Since I can remember, I’ve always chosen jeans over skirts. Why? Well, jeans are easier to pair other items of clothing with. You can wear them with practically anything and you’ll look presentable whereas different skirts go with different tops. Jeans are not only easier to make outfits with but also give you “a wider range of movement”. You can swing from side to side, kick your legs up, sit down with open legs, and do everything imaginable without worrying. With skirts, you have to be careful, slanting your legs gently to the side and walking gracefully up the stairs in order to make sure you’re not flashing anyone.
Jeans have certainly served me well for the past (almost) two decades. Going into shops, I’ve never looked twice or bothered to try on any skirts or dresses.
Recently though, I’ve been in a love affair with skirts. My mom forced me to wear one for an occasion and I immediately fell in love.
Yes – they aren’t as easy to wear as jeans and definitely aren’t as comfortable… but skirts come with a huge benefit – depending on the shape, you can change your silhouette and flatter your body.
Jeans (especially those of the skinny type) cling to your hips and accentuate your thighs and butt. This is great if you have a wonderful lower body that is in proportion to your torso. However, if you’re like me and have a more pear-shaped body, this is a huge negative. Since I put on some weight, I’ve really disliked how bottom-heavy I look. Thanks to my wonderful mom, I was ‘blessed’ with a un-proportionately big butt. It’s definitely one of my biggest insecurities that I always try to hide.
Now, this is where the perfect skirt comes into play – the short flared/circle skirt. My derriere is camouflaged by the volume of the skirt, showing some leg makes me look taller, and the flare of the skirt makes my thighs look slimmer in comparison. Could I ask for more?
Depending on your body shape, you can choose from a wide variety of skirts in order to create the perfect silhouette – mermaid skirts, tulip skirts, draped skirts, box pleated skirts, layered skirts, pencil skirts, gypsy skirts… there are literally dozens of different types to choose from. While I’ve only ventured out into the circle skirt for now, I’m looking forward to trying on more shapes and adding them to my closet.
Skirt-spiration: a few of this season’s most covetable skirts