May 17, 2006

Types of Skirts

After reading the comments from some readers in Barneys Girl's Bubble Skirt post, I realised that some people were confused about skirt types. Since dresses and skirts are oh-so-fashionable this season, we, the fashion-literate should know the skirt types:

The Tulip -Recognise the upside-down tulip shape. This is a hard to wear shape. Only wear if you're somewhat tall or skinny.

The Bubble -Puffy with a hem about the same width as the waistband. Cute but only if you're as thin as a mannequin.

The Mini -No explnation needed since we all must have one in our closet somewhere. Can be cute and fun, but if worn 'wrong' (such as matched with a trashy top,) then you'll look slutty.

The Pencil -High waist, hugs hips and goes below the knees. Only wear this if you're tall! Oh, and for the chic look, match the Pencil with this season's huge 'it' belts.

The A-line -The name says it all. My favourite type of skirt and a staple in my closet because it's just so flattering and girly.

A final tip: All skirt types (maybe except for pencil skirts) should be worn above the knees this season. Put on a pair of pumps or flats and you're all to go!


Blogger ipq said...

well, as far as skirts go, i don't agree with you that certain style should be worn only by thin super model type girls...

and i'm especially suprised that you are some what agreeing with the fashion streotyping that is already very pressuring on young women...

i'm a tall girl but nowhere near supermodel looking but i'm in love my tulip and bubble skirts... everytime i wear them i love the way i look in the mirror and i guess that is all that counts...

for a long time i had trouble accepting the fact that i shouldn't be wearing mini skirts beacuse of my oh-so-not-perfect legs... but then decided why not...

so my suggestion is don't avoid or miss out on what ever you like in the stores just beacuse you think some people said you shouldn't be wearing them... try them on and check it out yourself...

fashion is supposed to be fun, why change that...

5/18/2006 12:32 AM  
Anonymous just stopping by said...


you can't, however, deny the fact that all type of skirts that she posted look more flattering on girls. not to sound offensive, but girls with wrong shape cannot pull them off as good as girls with a right shape.

5/18/2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger anna said...

i totally agree with harrods girl,puffy skirt and tulips should be avoided by people with not-so-ramp-worthy body structures,a-line skirts are def more flattering for not skinny women.

and yea skirts should be work above the knees this season,but u did miss out,preferably high waisted,its the thing of the moment,init?

5/18/2006 2:40 AM  
Blogger Queen of Sheba said...

got a question. you've got bubble skirts listed as the ones with hems the size of their waistbands, but i've also seen skirts such as the one at here (with sorta the folded-under hem, usually bigger than the waistband) called bubble skirts. do those have a more correct name, or are they both bubble skirts?

5/18/2006 3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ultimately, it's about wearing a skirt you look good in, no matter the skirt type or your body type. it's always a good idea to try it on in the dressing room. who knows, you might not be tall and skinny but that tulip skirt you loved might just look great on you, so why not try?
it's really annoying when a fashion blogger starts supporting stereotypes. fashion should be about fun, first and foremost. why would you wear a tulip, bubble, what have you skirt if it didn't look good? and again, why wouldn't you wear a skirt if it looks good on you even if it goes against the stereotype??!

5/18/2006 3:25 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

What I wrote is just a generalisation because it IS actually true for a lot of skirts and body shapes. As someone who is petite, a lot of skirts (which I have tried on) don't work on me. I am all for everyone trying on everything. And if the skirt works for you, then obviously buy it. Just remember that there are exceptions to every skirt types because of the large possibility in fashion for variety and creativity.

5/18/2006 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Kira said...

I admit it! It was ME, who was confused! ;) Thank you very much for your post! Now I'm up to date in terms of fashion again! :)

5/18/2006 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a reason stereotypes are stereotypes. Good for all of those ppl who love their bodies, but bubble and tulip and pencil skirts DO look much better on people who are tall and skinny. And fyi... people with not-so-skinny legs who wear mini skirts tend to look much more sluttier than those with skinny legs. I agree with the so-called-stereotypes. Just because you think you look great does not mean you actually do.

5/18/2006 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these skirts are so great.. and the blog really helped me! i was one of the confused ones! as for the angry commentors-- wear a skirt if you feel attractive in it but dont think that just because you like it the rest of the population will think a non-skinny person will look nice in a tulip or bubble skirt...

5/18/2006 6:34 AM  
Blogger ipq said...

well, since stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, then all blondes are stupid and women are inferior to men...

stereotypes are stereotyopes because some simple people don't like difference and cannot possible comprehend things without labeling them...

on the other hand skinny people look good in almost everything they wear... and obviously bubble and tulip skirts are no exception... but then there is the concept of fasjion for the sake fashion... we are reading these blogs, saving images, buying fashion magazines, hauling stores not because we want to be a part of the "in" supermodel-designer-fashion editor triangle that basicly rules the whole fashion by expressing do's and don'ts, but because we like individualism, creativity and suprises and challenges that come with every piece of colthing we like...

so,as long as i'm buying and i'm wearing what i'm choosing to buy and wear, if i think that i look good, then i'm looking good...

and please harrods girl, by no means i was aiming to hurt you or to critisize your post and ideas to a point of insult... so i hope i'm not misuderstood...

5/18/2006 6:38 AM  
Anonymous cathy said...

I would like to say that I've really enjoyed reading this blog and I agree with the advice you offer. After all fashion is a very subjective concept and I don't think it is worth the time for someone to dispute or criticise your blog. Please keep posting and do not hesitate in dropping down your views, Harrods girl.

5/18/2006 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Lena said...

I don’t think Harrods girl is stereotyping, but merely offering advice. When people say warm colours complement olive skin, and cool colours complement skin with bluish undertones, they are not typecasting – just contributing useful tips. Ultimately, you choose whether or not to listen to other’s advice.

5/18/2006 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well not all things look great on the skinnies either. But imagine a chubby short gal wearing a tulip or a bubble skirt. what a DISASTER it would be! it'd make them look like a mop.

5/18/2006 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just to point out that the model with the pencil skirt on the left has a completely see through top... seems a bit inappropriate..

5/18/2006 11:18 AM  
Anonymous susie_bubble said...

Harrods Girl: This is a v. useful post about skirts in general and it's great that you concede it is a generalisation because actually I do have to agree with what ipq is saying on this occasion. I believe in trying things and expressing individuality and if a bubble/tulip skirt rocks your boat - why let your body shape confine you? If it makes you feel good.
Unfortunately, a lot of people's sole aim in dressing is to flatter their bodies and the fear factor creeps in.
I don't have the perfect bod and I don't dress to make it look a perfect as possible because for me, that would take the fun out of fashion. But I understand a lot of people who don't share this attitude. I say to each their own.
My view is rules are there to be broken.... go with what you wanna go with!

5/18/2006 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shirt seems inappropriate? are you 8? this is fashion

5/19/2006 6:35 AM  
Anonymous tania, rogue connect said...

I'm just not sure how long the bubble will last... but pencils and a-lines are timeless. Love minis with flats. :)

5/19/2006 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5/21/2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

i never could pull off bubbles or tulips. girls with big calves would look hideous in them! same goes for those with big bottoms! i dont have skinny legs so a-line skirts/dresses are the most flattering type for me.

6/26/2006 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with you that pencil skirts shouldn't be worn by short girls. Marilyn Monroe wasn't tall.

7/09/2006 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Y'all are fucking hilarious.
You're so caught up in stereotypes to pay attention to what the blog author is trying to get across.

They weren't trying to bash on any body type or person, they were trying to distinguish the difference between different types of skirts.

And the people who're anti-stereotyping on this blog need to get the fuck over themselves. Stereotypes exist, they are used popularly, and while you say they're wrong or whateverthefuck, you probably use them at the same time.
So fucking stuff it.

Fat girls don't look good in thin skirts.
Fat girls look bad in everything.
The end.


OH&PS: Just because something is "fasion" doesn't mean it's approproate. Nor does it mean someone's 8, or immature for thinking it's inappropriate.

If someone were to strut down the catwalk in see-through boobie tassles, with a dildo strapped around their waist, would it make it any more appropriate because it's "fashion"?



11/23/2007 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not always about the height, it is more about what your proportions are, in my opinion. I am 5'3" and rock pencil and tulip like you wouldnt believe it! But yes, I do have long legs for my height and my hips are not too big.

8/03/2008 3:57 AM  
Anonymous Clare said...

Fat girls don't look thin in most things. That is not to say they look bad.

You're bang on about fashion and appropriateness, though.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe how shallow some of the people on here are, if you feel happy in what you're wearing then wear it.

3/21/2010 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we get it IPQ. individuality is cool and you're pretty even though you're fat because you like how you look. COOL.

3/28/2010 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think curvy women are sexier no matter what they wear. Skinny women both offend and disgust me.

4/10/2010 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Skirts said...

The skirts here are cute. I don't like the bubbly skirts, but that's just personal opinion. I think pencil are the most flattering.

5/21/2010 2:48 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that fashion caters to thin women and a lot of pressure is put on you to have a certain body type. I would be lying if I said that I was always comfortable with my body. Women should stop trying to be IN FASHION. The styles change so quickly anyways, just wear what you like. Screw what everyone else thinks. FTW

2/21/2011 2:29 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Very nice post. I simply adore mini skirts, A-line and pencil skirts. I'm not a fan of bubble skirts. Nice post and I would like to share this on Lifo. A fun site for girls that lets them share their beauty tips and fashion trends to others.

7/28/2011 2:18 PM  
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Blogger Zain said...

Kinds of Skirts are a great collection of skirts.

6/19/2012 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother, who was a seamstress and who made me my first straight (pencil) skirt, said the best length is just right below the knee so that the back of the knee didn't show. Her generation thought the back of the knee was an ugly bit.

It is a very classic length and flatters most, but let's face it, we all wish we were slim.

8/01/2012 8:53 PM  
Anonymous M. said...

My mother, now 88, was very vogue and great seamstress. She always said (and she was talking about pencil skirts, though they were not called that then) that the back of the knees was not the prettiest part of a woman, so the hemline should cover it. And I think she meant all women. Even ones that were not thin.

Just a little flash to a point of view from the past.

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