Find the perfect skirt for your body type | SKIRT GUIDE – SPRING FASHION | Justine Leconte

Hi everyone, it’s Justine. This video is for you if you want to wear skirts, but you wonder which ones are smart choices for your body type. So I will show you the different sorts, how to recognize them, and whom they’re good for. Once you’re done watching this video, you will be tip-top informed! This here, is the average woman that designers use when doing technical drawing. All the features are correctly placed on the body in terms of anatomy, so I will draw one that one, for you to be able to see the proportions well. There are basically three things to consider when looking at skirts – how high is the waist, how long is the hem, how full is the skirt. Waist, hem, fullness. That’s it. It’s really simple. I will show you. The waist level. Here is your natural waist. It’s not at the level of your belly button, It’s higher than this. I’ve done a video already on how to measure yourself correctly. The natural waist is usually higher than people would think. The skirt can start higher than this, Below the bust, that’s called an empire waist. Great if you’re an apple and you don’t want to feel tight around the belly. Also a smart choice if you feel your legs are too short. In general, I hear that from pear ladies, and petite ladies most. The high waist makes your torso seem shorter and your legs will seem to be longer. At the level of the waist, the skirt is called high rise. Great if you want to highlight your waist for rectangle ladies, or ladies who are inverted triangles when they want to look a bit curvier. Lower than the waist, the skirt is called Low rise or low waisted. That one lengthens your torso, obviously, but it’s not a problem if you are wearing a top that covers that waistband, the waist of the skirt, anyways. Then, the skirt length. From the natural waist to the hem, you need to have minimum 15 inches. 38 cm. Otherwise, guys, it’s not a skirt, It’s a belt. *chuckle* Imagine. I’m taking 38 cm. That brings me here. That’s my hem and then, watch me sit down. Exactly. The back goes up, Oops! *laugh* So that’s called the micro skirt. Compared to that, a mini skirt is so conservative. It ends halfway between crotch and knee, mid-thigh somewhere, but of course that depends on your height a lot. Mini and micro skirts are great on petite ladies but they do make you feel younger, and I know that for some petite ladies who feel they are not being taken seriously already, looking younger is not exactly an asset. In that case, I would go for pants rather than skirts. But in general, such super short lengths are great for ladies who like to show their legs, obviously. Then we have skirts above the knee, usually they are flared to give you more freedom of movement. And since a flare skirt is not tight around the thighs, is a good choice if you’re a pear and/or if you feel that your thighs are thicker than you’d like them to be. And it can be nice if you have been pregnant and you feel that your thighs are not exactly back in shape yet. That’s totally normal, really. Below the knee, that is the typical length of pencil skirts. Good if you want to cover your knees, first off then it’s also good for a perfect hourglass figure and by that I mean you don’t have to be a hourglass, that will make you look like one. Not great to run after the bus. It’s a lifestyle choice, guys. To avoid if you’re petite: it reduces your leg length. Then we have mid-calf skirts (midi skirts) A maxi skirt ends at the level of the ankles such skirts are usually very full and flowy, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to walk in them. The longest skirt is floor length Under that one you can hide super high heels if you want to. The longer the skirt, the more comfortable you’re gonna feel. That’s obvious. But then I get asked often by pear ladies, for instance: “My waist is thin, I’m happy with my hips or my hips are okay enough But I have thick legs underneath, what should I do?” You can look for skirts that start at the natural waist level, since that’s your asset and then go maxi or floor-length. Jennifer Lopez, who is a pear and a petite lady at the same time, is great at that game. Last thing to pay attention to: the fullness. Body-tight or almost, the hem is narrower than the waist level. That’s basically a pencil skirt. When the hem is wider than the waist, that’s called an A-line skirt. It has the shape of an A, literally. That’s good to make your hips appear narrower, optically, than the hem level. The longer you go, the fuller the skirt has to be, mathematically. Semi-circular, means that the skirt has nice falls, it’s wider than A at the hem level and it flows nicely when you walk. Maxi skirts or floor-length skirts are often circular. If you look at the pattern from above, if it’s lying flat on the table, you will see it is a full circle. If you don’t have a vent, a slit at the back or an opening somewhere on the side then you need so much fullness when the skirt is longer, for movement. Take this skirt: the waistband is a bit different, there is a so-called yoke on it, but it’s basically a below-the-knee, flared skirt with a high rise waist. If I pull it flat, like this, you can see it’s in fact a semi-circle, that’s why it’s to be holding falls towards the hem level. Great for me, because I’m a tall pear shape, so that skirt hides my hips a little bit, which is fine but on the other hand, I’m not afraid to show off my waist. So perfect skirt, something I really like to wear. Now all skirts you may find in the market, ever are only variations on those 3 parameters: waist, hem, fullness. You might need to add like a zipper, a waistband, an elastic, a slit somewhere but those are only elements that make the design wearable, functional because at the end of the day you need to be able to get into that skirt and then walk normally. But apart from that, when you’re looking at skirts from the body type perspective the only thing that matters is the silhouette which now you know everything about. Thumbs up if you enjoyed that little skirt guide! Thank you. I upload every Wednesday and Sunday If you have subscribed to my channel, see you very soon. And thank you so much for all the insights you shared on my video on necklace styling. Bye bye!


  1. I “ discovered “ you in the last 2 weeks.
    1. To me you are incredible beautiful and classic French
    2. Where can I buy your clothing?

  2. I've heard of a "french length" and it's a skirt that ends around mid-calf. There is this local brand in Russia called po pogode who sell some clothing… the dresses are okay, but the skirt i purchased last time was flat. Like on the sides, where the seems are it kind of doesn't lay flat close to the body. The sides stick out. So from the side you look normal, but from the front the skirt is sticking out. Is there anything i could do myself at home to fix this? Maybe ironing it on the seems or something?

  3. Hi Justine! What length skirt should a petite wear besides a mini? I like my legs but I didn’t even feel comfortable wearing a mini in my 20s. Thanks!

  4. I'm binge watching your videos 😀 I'm petite and pear shaped (Beyonce shaped more like) I like full circle skirt that come kissing my ankle though (or slightly higher) due to cultural reasons (can't waltz around in public with shorter/tighter skirt without getting publicly lynched sadly). But love your video on this topic 🙂

  5. (i am an inverted triangle)
    So. Around the waist(e) it mist begin and ending doesn't matter. Pretty low fullnes.
    Did I get this right?

  6. I'm 5'7", pear-shaped with slender features.  I find I tend to wear a lot of flowy, ankle length skirts.  Knee length or just below the knee would probably look good on me, except I find that they are just that tiny bit too short on me once I sit down and I like to move around a lot when sitting.  Also I live in a pretty hot area, so I don't want to add a layer of leggings just to make an outfit more modest.

  7. OMG! too many rules! If I see a skirt that I like I buy it! I hate measuring to conform to a standard look.

  8. For comfort and style, bring back the cullottes. More than just wide leg pants (IMO) made correctly, they give the appearance of a skirt while maintaining the comfort of trousers. They may herald back to when women first began to ride horses astride as opposed to using a side saddle. Anything resembling men's breeches at that time would never have been worn by women. Most today are below the knee length but can be of any length.

  9. Good video. With my pear shape and height, I tend to go for knee length or just under, with A line to semi circle and it looks good, glad to know I'm on the right track with that. :3

  10. Hi Justin. I watched the photoshoot of your collection. I want to know, what things u were using as to remove crease from the fabric n something like roller. Plz let me know

  11. Super annoying cause i'm Jewish (orthodox) and I have to wear skirts below the knee or longer and it drives me CRAZY cause unless i'm wearing a maxi dress or skirt i look SO short like the best length is just above my knee but I can't wear that and I just don't feel pretty

  12. I really struggle with having a small waist and large hips and love handkes which makes high waisted aline skirts 'bulge' at just under the waistband where the fabric has to extend out onto my hips. I'm petite and pair shaped so realllllllly struggle with this 😔 what would you recommend?

  13. In Russia the part of the skirt that you call yoke is called a french word "kokette" 🙂

  14. "shorter women who feel they are already not taken seriously" GIRL yes. I hate being patronized for my height

  15. Hi Justine,
    I love your great vids, they are really helpful! 🙂
    I was wondering if you could make maybe a video about wedding dresses, what could match for different body types? Could be interesting, no? 🙂
    Thank you for reading me, have a nice day! 🙂

  16. Hi, Justine! I hope you are having a good week. A few questions:
    1. Why are there so many gathered skirts that call themselves A-lines?
    2. Can maxi skirts be worn to work? They seem to be either very casual or very dressy and nowhere in between.
    3. How can skirts be tailored to look better?
    Thank you.

  17. “Guys”?? Better choice might be “Ladies” or “My friends”. To be in line with your delivery style

  18. I’m a short (5’4”) plus size lady. And I’ve never liked skirts on me. Dresses yes, skirts no. I feel they accentuate my butt which doesn’t need to be highlighted. I’m a curvy plus size with a waist. Slightly more pear than hourglass but I have a full bust. What is the best skirt for me.

  19. Youtube videos should be like a skirt

    long enough to cover the subject
    And short enough to create interest

  20. Hi, nice video, I myself like to wear skirts too, especially during the spring & summer time ☺☺ I like the short skirts when I am just out & about basically

  21. How do you know how high the skirt is supposed to hit? Like how far to pull it up? I hope that made sense

  22. Hey i was expecting to hear shape wise too. I am an apple shape I believe. Upper body is heavy with normal size bust though. Heavy arms and tummy. And thighs too. Wht would you recommend?? An flared knee length with high waist? Thanks. Its good to see your videos.

  23. How about with a 4'9 height and a inverted body shape. My thigh and legs are big. Can you give me some idea on what appropriate shirt should I ware? Thank you so much. Thank you for all your fashion tips. You are amazing teacher. 🙏

  24. I'm a petite pear shape, and high rise, a-line minis are by far my favorite to wear and what I personally find most flattering on me (pretty much the only kind I own). However I don't like to wear skirts at all in a professional setting for exactly the reasons you stated… The cuts I find most flattering on me are also rather "young", which I enjoy in my off time becuase why not (I'm only 27, I can still rock a skater skirt, right??), but when I want to be taken seriously, I want to look and feel my actual age, plus, most "professional" style skirts I just don't find very flattering so I prefer trousers anyway.

  25. Can anyone help me? I am struggling so much to figure out my shape. I think it’s either pear or hourglass but I’m not sure. Shoulder:40 bust:34 waist:27.5 high hip:34 hip:38.5 thigh:23 I’m also 5’8”

  26. You possibly know this, Justine, but just in case … in case it's of use to you: 'pear shape' is pronounced 'père' – comme papa! Love your videos, please keep them coming. Amicalement, Pru

  27. This is good but doesn’t address the issue of long waist/short legs. This changes what skirts I can wear and adds an extra factor. So I look terrible in skirts that are knee- or midcalf-length, especially if the hem is wide.

  28. after all. Really enjoy your videos! Quick question: I am 62, a pear shape, with a unending fight with belly bulge, otherwise pretty fit. I am also 5'10". A long A-line?

  29. Really helpull I wanted to use skirt for a while and I liked maxi (I'm short, rectangle shape and have baby face LOL) I'll try with maxi first. Thank u 🙂

  30. What is the right lenght of a midi pleaded skirt for a short girl? Heeelp I have this gorgeus black leather pleaded midi skirt but I find it odd when I wear it

  31. Hi Justine! I'm a bit late but I have a question about skirts. So, I love them but I haven't been able to wear one ever because I'll always get some sort of fabric bubble at the back, between my waist and my bum. I'm guessing I should take it to a tailor but I'm the kind of person who has never take any piece of clothing to a tailor for somenthing different than a hem, not because I don't need it but because I'm clueless about it. Could you do some sort of guide for begginers about how or where should our clothing be fixed? I been avoiding to buy fast fashion clothing and plastic based clothing for I while now, and since I want to buy better quality clothes that are more expensive I would like to know how to get them to fit me like a glove, even if that means I have to take them to a tailor. Thanks a lot for your videos!

  32. I'm pretty bottom heavy and have large calves, so pencil skirts are a no no (I look like a sausage). Recently I started looking into maxi and floor length and I think those would fit me best.

  33. I find there's one more skirt you didn't mention. It's rather out of style currently, but it looks best on me. It's a straight skirt–meaning that it drops straight from the hip–and ends mid-calf (sometimes called tea length). There are two variations to allow room for movement…a kick pleat, or a mermaid/tulip hem.

    It came into vogue with Christian Dior's New Look in 1947, and stayed in fashion through the 1970's. With the nod to the '70's being introduced with the 2019-20 Fall/Winter lines, I thought I'd mention it.

    I have a thicker waist but narrow hips…then muscular legs through the calves…but very thin ankles and narrow (albeit long) feet, so I can highlight several positives with that skirt shape and length.

  34. We had a school uniform for medical school, and women were required to wear a skirt (pants for men only). We were given a leaflet with a sketch and short description of the uniform, which we could take to any tailor/seamstress to have made. The skirt was described as below-the-knee A-line, but a lot of women got pencil-cut skirts anyway, bec it looks sexier. They regretted it, of course, because of the so many stairs we had to climb up and down all day, because patients had priority in the few elevators that were available. We even had to do our earthquake drill wearing the normal uniform, carrying pretend-victims down 4 flights of stairs, lol.

  35. I love long skirts. I found one, in which if you kick up, the folds will cover up the place where the sun don't shine.

  36. does anyone know what stores that sell skirts that fit really well around the waist for people with small waists. everything hangs really loosely around my waist and I always have to belt them, but I only have a few that fit well, but they're dressy skirts. But then if I get small sizes, they won't fit around my hips and I don't like wearing bodycon stuff.

  37. Please do a fashion tips on pregnant women.
    Fashion industry almost forgot this. Pregnancy must be a part of women's fashion…

  38. You are such a gifted teacher! I've learned so many things from watching your videos. Please keep it up.

  39. I have longer legs, shorter torso, wobbly tummy, and broad hips – am I right in saying I'd want the waist of my skirt to be at the low-rise level, to lengthen my torso?

  40. Justine I have a thick waist, no butt and long skinny legs, what is the best skirt for this shape. I'm 59 but don't want to look old or frumpy. I can tell you in a baggy skirt ( full) I look like a bag lady.

  41. Смотрю ваши видео только ради первых двух секунд ❤

  42. 0:44 "Your natural waist is not at the level of your bellybutton"
    Mine is literally just above my bellybutton😂😂😂

  43. Midi length skirts are also a thing right? I was just wondering why that length wasn't discussed in this video …

  44. Long skirts are not the most comfortable. I always have to lift it up when walking on stairs, running, trying to come up with special tricks to ride a bike. I don't call that comfort. I love them anyway though. I'd say around the knee is a leght that doesnt limit you in anything, I have one skirt like thta and don't even change when i get home, that's how comfy it is 🙂

  45. I’m tall and i’ m something between pear and hourglass.
    I use to wear high and natural waist skirts that ends under the knee or at ankle length (also dresses) to hide my thighs.
    As for fullness, I wear A-silhouette and circle and half circle skirts.

  46. Sorry, I disagree about where the waist is. I have an hourglass figure and my waist bands on skirts always sit just grazing the top of my belly button. any higher, they make my hips look much bigger top to bottom and are extremely uncomfortable. They throw off the whold drape of the garment. These are general guidelines, probably based on Northern European models. They do not work for those of us from Mediterranean countries or the Middle East.

  47. Another great video! Would you mind doing one on what type of top to wear with skirts based on body type and/or type of skirt? Tucked vs untucked and proportions of top to bottom? Thx : )

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