The skirt has been around almost as long as history can remember. Starting as a wrap around the waist, it precedes almost all other garments. Little wonder it has occupied creative energies of designers and has myraid avatars, each with its own appeal. In India, the ghagra and lehenga are perennial favourites, but, western style skirts have also constantly found favour.
Hollywood royal and classic style icon Grace Kelly made waves with the long, ankle length skirt and tucked in blouse, held together by a wide belt. If paired with stilletoes, it is a never fail look.
The flattering kind
Larger waists should try and team a slim-cut long skirt with a loose, full-bodied top, that conceals the waist and flows till the hip. A broad belt resting at the hip is also an option.
Lehenga-like broomstick skirts with natural creases formed by twisting while wet are great for proportionate, but full bodies. Keep the skirt-ankle length for a bit of flounce, and show off a pretty anklet.
Minis are for those with great legs — read that as slim, toned thighs, and shapely calves.
The pencil skirt
The pencil skirt is wonderfully efficient for a semi-formal official event. Ensure it fits easy on the hips and does not give you a pear shape, in which case, avoid. The pencil skirt with a starched high collar or V-neck blouse and kitten heels is a stereotype from the seventies, worth recreating.
The straight long skirt cut Chinese style with slits on the side or at the back is also high in smart quotient. Go for matched or contrast colours, with the contrast running down the sides of the legs, for a slimming effect.
Tu tu skirt
The tu tu skirt, with frills that end at the top of the knee looks great if you are pencil thin and have a tiny waist.
Fishtail skirts are formal in jacquard or black and can look elegant, gothic or regal. Do wear with formal top and stilletoes.