By Tracy Rhawn Varga | March 22, 2015
With all of the skirt and dress lengths available, what is the best length for your legs? The short answer is that you want your hemline to hit a relatively small part of your leg. If you look at the natural shape of most women’s legs, the widest part is the mid thigh and mid calf while the most narrow part is the knee and ankle.
At the Knee
The most universally flattering skirt length is just above, just below or at the knee (a relatively thin part of the leg – see the red zone in the hem guideline picture above).
Style tip: If you are petite, we recommend a hemline just above the knee. If you don’t love your knees, wear a tight or hem just below the knee.
Mini skirts are best worn by our thin legged youth. Regardless of age, however, avoid wearing a skirt hemline across the widest part of your thigh (or above the yellow section in the hem guideline) as it makes your thighs look bigger. If you are lucky enough to have long, thin legs you can wear most any length skirt.
Style tip: If you have a skirt or dress that has become too short for your comfort zone, wear with a dark tight (in the winter) or convert to a casual bathing suit cover up (for the summer). Some dresses can be hemmed and turned into a tunic.
Midis can be tricky as they hit the widest part of the calf and can visually shorten your legs. Ideally, you want your skirt or dress to hit in the blue zone (the thin part of the calf) and not be in the gray zone (the wide part of the calf).
Style tip: In general, midis are best with a high heel or nude shoe to visually elongate the leg. If you have large calves or ankles, wear your midis with boots or tights.
A Maxi dress or skirt can be worn by most women, even if you are petite. Wear above the ankle bone with a flat or wear to the floor with a heel (don’t let the hem drag on the floor).
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