The A-Z of Skirts: Part II


In continuation of getting you familiar with the what’s what of the very diversified family of skirts:

Bell Skirt



Full-length bell skirts were a Victorian era staple, worn by women on a daily basis. They were paired with corsets to cinch the waistline for an hourglass shape. The dainty, soft silhouette of the skirt while keeping the entire body covered instantly made it a hit back in the day. 

While its shape resembles an A, unlike A-line skirts that fan out from the waist in a straight line, bell skirts curve out from the hip to give a more fuller look; imagine the outline of a bell. Such kind is made out of heavier fabrics so that it holds its shape. The sturdy form makes the bell the best choice among skirts for a formal function. 

Most bell skirts are incomplete without pleats. A form-fitting top is your best bet with this type to balance out the volume. 




Essentially a pencil skirt with a wide strip of frill or ruffle attached to the waist that emphasizes the hips is the classic peplum. A great alternative to pencil skirts for petite women who want to accentuate their natural curves. The peplum strips can be horizontal or diagonal with one side higher than the other. 

Bubble Skirt



Because the hem in such kind of skirts is tucked back inwards and under, the bubble illusion is quite obvious. The distinct puffed hem of bubble skirts adds volume while lending a playful, young vibe. The history of the skirt can be traced back to the conservative French riviera after the World War II, being one of the first designs that attempted to reveal a woman’s curves. Team the skirt with a fitted top to balance out the roundedness. 

Pleated Skirt



The effect of pleated skirts can wary; while thick, box pleats are reminiscent of high school uniforms, thinner pleats are what the runways are now parading. Just the right mix of street style and sophistication, the midi pleated skirt is muted enough to be dressed down and polished enough to be dressed up. While a tucked-in T-shirt with the skirt looks breezy in the summer, a light-knit sweater in the spring is sophistication to the T. The pleats do well to lengthen the silhouette. 





If we had to describe the wrap in one word, we would say sultry. Wraps are built in such a way that envelope your thighs and waist in a side overlapping/tiered fashion, often revealing a leg through the slit. The cling lends a sexy, slimming effect- choose drapey fabrics like satin or silk to maximise the impact! An effortless, laid-back look is what the wrap aims for.

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