To make their waist the focal point and keep their body line long.
The way to achieve Body Type Bs ideal is...
- Choosing monochromatic and tonal colour combinations.
- With silhouettes that highlight their waist, worn at knee length, among others.
- Going for soft fabrics with drape that skim over their curves.
- Avoiding hiding their natural contours.
With that in mind... What are Body type B's best skirts?PENCIL. Small waistband at natural waist, slightly tapered at the hem to keep the curvy (as opposed to creating a straight line) silhouette.
Oasis Applique Flower Top / L.K.Bennett Kate Blazer / Coast Lucillia Pencil Skirt / Kate Spade Gathered Bow Belt / Loeffler Randall Natalie Cap Flats / Marni Handbag / Wallis Square Cuff Bracelet / Bakers Round Bracelet / Anton Heunis Charlie's Angels Earrings / Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses / Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Scarlet Siren.
TROUSER-SKIRT. Back or side zipper in midweight wool, cotton poplin, denim or soft suede. Worn at low waist, and cut straight to A-line (see below).
Best skirts for Body type B: Trouser-skirt by Caroline Grant. [Background: Red Pelargonium by Anna Knights]. [Style: Ladylike with a Twist].
People Tree Bridget Culottes / Miss Sixty Hot Mari Denim Jacket / Gucci Silk Georgette Top / Lulu Guinness Eva Handbag / Sofft Franca Sandals / Herself Bird of Paradise Scarf / Asch GrossBardt Multi-stone Earrings / Hermès Collier de Chien Bracelets / M.A.C 'Hey Sailor!' Limited Edition Lipstick in Racer Red.
A-LINE. Best for medium to Tall women, or with heels for the rest (at least a kitten heel to elevate your rear view).
Hobbs Hinton Jacket / Hobbs Marion Skirt / Wallis Stone Frill Top / Kate Spade Abstract Signature Handbag / Pretty Ballerina Kitten Heel Leopard Pumps / Cilea Brooch / Trina Turk Resin Ball Ring / Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia / Revlon Nail lacquer in Cherries in the Snow.
CIRCLE. No waistband, or a small waistband worn just below natural waist and at low waist. You can tuck in a blouser in a soft material and add a belt around the waist. Again, same caveats.
Modcloth It's School Skirt (with the waistband taken off) / Oasis Frill Top / Mexx Cardigan / Hobbs NW3 Kite Sandals / Sophie Hulme Tote / Kate Spade Bangle Bracelet / Janeo Rhodium and Gold Cuff Bracelet / Kate Spade Earrings / Stratton Compact (vintage) / Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Scarlet Siren.
WRAP. Soft diagonal drape across the belly and hips at low waist.
Twenty8Twelve Ebony Skirt / Diane von Furstenberg Blouse / Manolo Blahnik Slingback Sandals / Aspinal of London Handbag / Trina Turk Earrings / Erickson Beamon Ring / Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia / Revlon Nail lacquer in Cherries in the Snow.
Other names for Body type Bs are "hourglass" or even "bombshell".
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This post first appeared on The Red Lipstick: Own Your Style, on 27th August 2012. It has now been edited.