The Space Between My Peers: A Universal Skirt Silhouette

The Space Between My Peers

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Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A Universal Skirt Silhouette

For some reason this skirt shape has been on my mind for the last several days. Honestly, I'm having trouble conjuring up a picture of someone it wouldn't look good on.

Consider the different figure types and the silhouettes we create with our clothing:
  • Type A = shoulders narrower than hips, works because of the skirt's modified A-line.
    Personally, if this were my type (and if I gain 20 lbs, it is), I would pair this skirt with a raglan-sleeve sweater.

  • Type I = shoulders and hips equally wide, waist slightly or not defined.
    Even though the model clearly has a defined waist, the sweater pictured has a strong vertical. Works for I (not I, but the I silhouette ... you know what I mean!)

  • Type O = shoulders sloped and equal to hips, waist filled in.
    Best: a skirt that is long enough to narrow a bit at the knee before flaring out again. Again, a soft shoulder of some type, by-passing the waist.

  • Type V = shoulders wider than hips.
    With a skirt that flares at the hem, a fitted waist looks very feminine!

  • Type X = shoulders straight and equal to hips.
    In order to dodge the frump factor, waist must always be at least somewhat defined.

  • Type 8 = shoulders sloped and equal to, or slightly smaller than, hips; waist defined.
    The skirt should narrow before flaring. Alternative: strengthen the shoulder, define the waist, and go for a Type X silhouette.

I'm certain there are personality types that would not wear a skirt like this. Speak up. What would you wear it with?


Blogger Wendy said...

Me. I wouldn't wear it!

But here's the primary reason. I'm definitely a V. But I'm also way short. Just shy of 5'. So my best bet is a pencil skirt. (I do have one with box pleats all around the bottom. But to look reasonable they begin at the knee. Very retro 50's inspired.)

I can also wear a short a-line. But if it's long, a straight skirt is much better for me.

5:50 PM  

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