The Space Between My Peers: A Universal Skirt Silhouette

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

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 who would not wear a skirt like this. Speak up. What would you wear it with?


Blogger Sarita Raye said...

I would not wear it.

Well, actually, scratch that. I would have probably worn something like that when I was in college. If I lived somewhere colder, snowier, and less urban than Chicago, and had a job with a somewhat-dressed-up-but-not-too-strict dress code, I would totally wear a skirt like that one. I would choose a more closely fitted sweater, though. And a colorful scarf and imitation shearling boots, flat or low-heeled of course. And it would be pretty fabulous. But for some reason I really can't see myself wearing that outfit in Chicago; I just wouldn't feel like myself in it. Interesting how our environments can shape our clothing personalities...

7:07 PM  
Blogger Sarita Raye said...

I think what I really like about the skirt is the waist/hip area: it provides waist definition and appears to have ample room for hips that might be wider than average. That is probably what makes it so universally flattering.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

I would totally wear that skirt - I think it's beautiful, and I love long, non-fussy skirts for everyday wear. As a SAHM, they make me look like I took some effort getting dressed, unlike sweats. I do live in a rural small town, so I'd be extremely chic in that here.

4:45 AM  

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