Trend alert: Full skirt

By By Dennise Smith
WV Style Team
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A printed full skirt from
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Although a full skirt is flattering on almost everyone, you should let your body type determine the length of your skirt. Shorter full skirts are most flattering on someone with a large bust and narrow hips because it evens out the body proportions.
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The “new look” debuted by Christian Dior in 1947.
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Three examples of full skirts of different lengths, by designers (from left) Tracy Reese, Christian Dior and Roksanda Ilincic.

One of the silhouettes featured in many of the resort and spring 2014 fashion shows was the very ladylike and refined full skirt — often in midi length.

The full skirt was first made popular by Christian Dior in 1947 when he showcased it in his debut collection called the Corolle line. It was a fresh and new shape for postwar women who were used to wearing almost military-style uniforms that emphasized the economical use of fabric and a serious tone of that era — straight skirts made of sturdy materials and boxy, unforgiving jackets.

Fashion-loving women all around the world quickly embraced this luxurious style, which became known as “the new look.”

The full skirt exudes femininity and class, and it also happens to be very flattering for most body types.

Here are a few tips on making this piece part of your wardrobe this spring and summer.

n Pick a punchy print or sharp graphic for your full skirt and have it be the statement piece of your outfit.

n Avoid heavier fabrics in this style as it can make you and your backside appear fuller (unless that is something you are going for!). Choose instead silk, flowing chiffon or other smooth lightweight fabrics.

n Modernize this silhouette by pairing it with something unexpected like a cropped motorcycle jacket or midriff-baring sweater.

n Always keep your proportions in mind. Don’t wear a boxy or full top. Body-conscious lightweight sweaters or snug blouses in neutral colors look best.

n The length of your shirt should be at waist level or tucked in neatly.

n As for accessories, choose a structured medium-size satchel or a clutch.

n No floppy tote bags or fringe purses. Keep it sleek and simple.

n Unless you are going to a “Mad Men” party, no pearl necklaces with this look. Choose a long pendant or layered chains of various lengths. If you want to “umph” up the drama go for a jeweled bib necklace.

Pointy-toed or kitten heels look great with the full-skirt midi. In hotter months, try wearing your skirt with sandals and a fitted scoop-neck T, a la Brigitte Bardot.

(A warning to petites: Full skirts and flats will make you look shorter, so proceed with caution.)

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