Ask Belle: Tips for a Body-Con Skirt
Oct 20, 2011
My extremely fashionable 21-year-old niece recently made me buy this skirt in black, telling me I have the body and should be showing it off (I sort of disagree, which is why it has not yet been worn, I guess).
But the bigger issue is I can’t wear really high heels due to a foot injury many years ago. Boots I can manage, but not a high pump. And you certainly can’t wear this kind of skirt with flats, can you?
Also, I have no idea what kind of blouse to wear with it. I have a small waist but generous hips, so I want something that tucks in in order to accentuate the waist and draw the eye away from my hips. I have scoured a few possibilities on the Zara website but can’t make up my mind. Blouse with a tie at the collar? A Peter Pan collar? Three-quarter sleeves? Long sleeves? With boots? I just don’t know.
Your avid fan, Francine
Wearing a body-conscious skirt, especially one that is below knee-length, is a challenge for any woman. Add a foot injury that makes high heels impossible to the mix, and you have a recipe for impending doom. Or do you? After all, I like a challenge.
Because it’s an easier problem to solve, let’s start with making this skirt into some easy three-piece outfits (Skirt, blouse, accessory). (Editor’s note: Francine’s skirt is actually a BCBG one, but for the purposes of this set, we’ll be using a very, very expensive L’Wren Scott skirt. This is solely for esthetic value.)
Look No. 1: A bit parisian chic with the stripes and the red earring. I’d also add a messy, wavy updo and a pair of big sunglasses.
Look No. 2: Tuck the nude blouse into the skirt and let it poof out (a technical term, no doubt) just slightly. For this look, I’d recommend stick straight hair and lots of eyeliner.
Look No. 3: Wrap blouses are great for emphasizing small waists or hiding a bit of a belly. Wear this one with a stack of bracelets, a low bun and berry lipstick.
Look No. 4: More of a conservative look. Layer a nude cami with a strapless bra under this blouse. Then, belt the look at the waist. Wear simple jewelry and hair lightly waved, half up, half down.
Now, it’s no secret that a skirt like this would look best with a minimum 3″ heel. But that seems to be out of the question, in this case. So what to wear instead?
I honestly don’t think that I would wear a boot with this. The reason is, I think the top of a tall boot could screw up the line of a snugly-fitted skirt. But if you could find a pair that fit whisper close to the skin, maybe.
With a skirt like this, you want to lengthen the leg as much as possible. This means that you want to see as much of the top of the foot as possible. So don’t choose anything–a bootie, for example–that would would cover you up to the ankle.
Flats: Not ideal, but if they must be worn, choose pointed toe flats to give the illusion of elongation. It’s also possible that you could wear an open toe. Just remember to try them on before you wear them out, and ask your most honest friend how it really looks.
Kittens: Kitten heels are an on trend choice for people who can’t or won’t wear high heels. They give a bit of lift, and the pointed toe lengthens the leg line.
Wedges: If you can wear a boot, maybe you can wear a wedge? A simple, black, pointed toe wedge could provide the lift that the skirt needs and the long line to go with it.
Good luck finding an outfit that works for you.