Spring's Best Skirts

MORE’s fashion expert shows how to wear different skirt styles, from pencil to pleated.

By Charla Krupp
Fashion expert Charla Krupp. (Photo: Michael Waring)

And that’s the long and the short of it.Flared Trumpet SkirtYou’ll strut easier in a "fishtailed" skirt. Arden B’s is princess seamed and also comes in pound-paring black ($78). The classic black silk wrap sweater by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel nips in your waist ($300). Add spring’s hottest hue — yellow — in AK Anne Klein’s patent peep toe pumps ($89).Bright Pencil SkirtNothing says spring 2008 like Milly’s classic straight pencil with perfect proportions for petites ($239). A tight-to-the-body ribbed cotton scoop-neck by Michael Kors keeps the silhouette sleek ($375). With color this vibrant, stick to a neutral shoe like Marc by Marc Jacobs brown slingbacks ($485).Soft Pleated SkirtPlease choose sewn-down pleats like these in a silk satin skirt by Strenesse — so floaty it won’t add pounds to hips and thighs despite the extra width ($440). Team it with a thin belted sweater — not a jacket — for a newer French look, like Tibi’s cotton-silk cardigan ($330). A low or flat shoe, such as Simply Vera’s buckle peep toe, provides the right balance ($60).A-Line SkirtCynthia Steffe’s tweedy stretch blend skirt is modified in shape and has a tummy-smoothing yoke ($195). Add contrast with a bright top like D&G’s viscose knit polo ($235), then satisfy your craving for a fashion accent with Giuseppe Zanotti striped peep toes ($595).High-Waist SkirtFlaunt a trim midriff with Norma Kamali’s stretch poly gabardine skirt ($450). No annoying cummerbund, just an extended silhouette that molds comfortably to your rib cage. The center zipper and angled pockets provide more shape-whittling illusion. The Petit Bateau tee tucks in trimly to maintain the long, lean fit ($32). Skin-tone wedges — Tory Burch’s in patent ($328) — lengthen legs.This month, Charla Krupp’s column is adapted from her style manifesto How Not to Look Old, just published by Springboard Press.How Not to Look Old Originally published in MORE magazine, February 2008.

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