Put your jeans in storage and get ready to bare your legs – the skirt is the summer separate to be seen in.
Don’t panic if your pins aren’t considered to be your best asset, though, because this season sees the introduction of a variety of new skirt styles that don’t require excessive leg-flashing.
Designers went to great lengths on the catwalks to make skirts this season’s staple, from short pleats at House of Holland to sweeping maxis at Topshop Unique and the new in-between midi at Chloe.
“Subversively alluring, skirts are spring’s coolest look,” says stylist Georgie Pincus (www.styleu.co.uk).
“They come in a plethora of beautiful fabrics, from feminine chiffon to lace, with frills and fringing thrown in.”
It’s true that skirts require more outfit-planning than a dress does, but that makes them more versatile too – teaming with a pretty blouse or casual tee will give you two entirely different looks.
So pick your favourite length, have a look at our top tips, and begin your summer flirt with the skirt...
Pleats are back. Forget visions of school uniforms and prefects, this time around they are delicately done in floaty fabrics.
“It’s a soft way to add volume and texture to your outfit,” Pincus advises. “Pleats add elegance to an outfit and, when worn in the right places, will flatter your figure. Pleated skirts will balance out your frame if you are slightly bigger on top.”
Skirt SOS: Beware, shorter styles can be flippy in surprise gusts of wind. A long-line blazer or jacket should add weight and prevent indiscreet moments.
The calf-length midi skirt is the new kid on the fashion block, inspired by romantic ballet references – think Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
“Mid-calf styles don’t suit everyone. The length doesn’t flatter short women,” warns Pincus.
“On the other hand, it can be a perfect choice for tall women and for those who wish to camouflage thick legs.”
Keep things simple and opt for a high-waisted style in a plain colour.
Skirt SOS: Adding height is all-important to this look. Employ the highest heels in your wardrobe and stick to nude tones to elongate your legs.
The maxi never goes out of vogue, especially as summer approaches.
This season skirts are the floor-skimming alternative to the long dresses we’re used to.
“A maxi skirt is a great way to lengthen the body,” says Pincus. “Maxis have become airier, lighter and more flowing, but if you have a curvy figure, opt for more of a fitted skirt.”
Skirt SOS: Under-play everything else, especially if you’ve opted for a print.
Don’t despair if the tomboy in you can’t bear to be spotted in a skirt.
Playsuits and shorts are the androgynous option but give your look a subtle, feminine edge.
Pincus says: “Playsuits with floaty legs can give the illusion of wearing a skirt, but you’re still in your comfort zone!
“Long, full shorts are another option and can also be worn more like a skirt.”