Short or long, figure-hugging or loose-fitting, skirts come in all shapes and sizes and can make you go from drab to fab. Shreyanka Mazumdar looks at five trends that celebrate this outfit and tells you how to rock them
Skirts have an uncanny ability to make the most boring top look sexy. Available in a multitude of fits, hemlines and cuts, there is a perfect skirt for everyone. Last year, fashion designers celebrated the beauty of this garment on international runways. Giorgio Armani’s skaters and Emilio Pucci’s abstract bodycons at the Milan Fashion Week, Spring 2014 were a rage. Back home, even Bollywood celebrities stepped out looking their best in them. Alia Bhatt looked spunky in a leather skater at the promotions of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniye while Jacqueline Fernandez was resplendent in a white lacy Pankaj and Nidhi pencil skirt at actress Asin’s birthday party. Priyanka Chopra looked chic in an Amit Aggarwal creation on Koffee with Karan. Here’s a lowdown on five skirt trends that you can work right into your wardrobes with a little help from fashion connoisseurs.
Bipasha Basu sports a black sheer shirt and a minimal printed bodycon mini at photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar launch earlier this month. Pic/Yogen Shah
The body conscious skirt, popularly known as bodycon, takes a cue from the figure-hugging Herve Leger bandage dress, which as its name implies, feels like a second skin. Made to hug every single curve, it’s designed to show off your body shape. However, everyone doesn’t have the confidence to pull off this super tight style. The snug skirt helps those with a good figure look more proportionate and flaunt a sleeker silhouette. But to make it work for you, you need to pair it with the right top. Opt for a slightly loose top, an oversized light-knit sweater or a sheer shirt over a printed body con skirt. “You can also tuck it in with a simple tank top and top it off with a long jacket for a casual-chic look. Keep accessories to the minimum,” opines designer Jenny Rei. Take a cue from Bipasha Basu who carried this look with utmost finesse at ace photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar launch earlier this month in a black sheer shirt and a minimal printed body con mini. If you are bottom heavy, opt for darker shades such as maroon, navy blue and purple to give a slimmer image. If you are top heavy, try busy-printed bandage skirts to balance the figure.
Deepika Padukone looks edgy yet feminine in a Pankaj and Nidhi abstract print skirt and a crop top. Pic/Yogen Shah
Florals and stripes are passé. Abstract prints (read optical, geometric, digital designs) are the rage right now. The golden rule to flaunt this trend is to remember that less is more. Opt for a solid-hued shirt or a simple tank tee to pair it with these printed skirts. “Team a crop top with an abstract print skirt. The subtle top helps the prints stand out,” advises Rei. Take a cue from Deepika Padukone who looked edgy yet feminine in a Pankaj and Nidhi abstract print skirt and a crop top at the music launch of her film Happy New Year.
Nicole Kidman in a Nina Ricci Spring 2015 sequin pencil skirt and halter separates. Pic/Getty (Left) Jacqueline Fernandez in a white lacy Pankaj and Nidhi pencil skirt. Pic/Yogen Shah
The best part of a skater skirt is that its flared silhouette looks flattering on all women. An absolute wardrobe staple, this skirt is a shorter version of the good old A-line skirt. For a daytime look, team a bright neon shirt tucked in over a solid-hued skater. Throw in a denim or a biker jacket for an added edge. For an evening look, slip into a bustier over a mid-waist darker hued skater skirt. Leather skater skirts are great for both day and eveningwear. “You can dress them up or down depending on your mood. For example, consider a loose tank and converse sneakers for the day. For a night out look, up the ante with a fitted top and heeled booties,” suggests Sharma.
Pop star Rihanna teams a skater with a striped shirt
From power dressing at work to sleek, feminine evening wear, pencil skirts are immensely versatile and a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Choose from a dainty floral print, bold abstract prints to simple solid hues. You could pair crop tops, sheer shirts, graphic tees, turtlenecks or matching blouses with these. Experiment with sequin like Nicole Kidman’s Nina Ricci Spring 2015 sequin pencil skirt and halter separates. “Body contoured pencil skirts look best when worn with a crop top and an open handkerchief draped jacket. Try variations in length and drapes and have fun with fusion looks. For a glam look, team them up with stylish Lycra crop tops in vintage hues of pinks and peaches,” suggests fashion designer Amy Billimoria. A mid-length pencil skirt looks flattering as it gives the illusion of height. “Pencil skirts are a tricky silhouette and you need to be in good shape to carry them off with elegance. During the day, you can wear them with a racer-back tee and Birkenstocks for casual comfort. For a sexy night out look, team it with a crop top and a sleek jacket thrown over it. Don’t forget a pair of killer stilettos to show off your lithe limbs!” suggests Anjana Sharma, fashion director of Stylista.com.
A plain maxi skirt is a versatile garment and can be paired with a simple tee, a quirky polka-dotted buttoned-down shirt, a chambray denim shirt or a feminine cropped lace top. It’s also easy to layer the outfit with a simple boyfriend blazer or a leather jacket. “A long maxi drape in solid colours or floral prints is perfect for brunch wear. Use bold colours such as orange, burnt ombre and emerald on different skirt lengths and team it with black shirts and blousons to create a stylish look for the evening.” advises Billimoria. Maxis work best for tall, lean women but those petite frames can also nail this trend if styled properly. The idea is to create the illusion of a longer bottom half. If you are wearing a slouchy shirt on top, wear the skirt at the navel thus creating a longer torso and cinch it with a slim belt to give definition. Although flats look the best with maxi skirts, a little height won’t look bad either. Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez sported black stilettos to compliment her Emperio Armani-striped maxi skirt while promoting her movie Kick last year.