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A-Line Skirt: The Silhouette That Always Flatters

What is an A-line skirt?

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The a-line skirt is a structured skirt that’s fitted at the waist and flares out, so that it hangs in the shape of a “A.” A-line skirts got their name from fashion designer Christian Dior in 1955. Though popular in the ’60s and ’70s, the A-line soon disappeared from the fashion scene. Sadly, trendy girls labeled the A-line skirt as dated.

But the collective fashion sense came to its sense and A-line skirts were revived in the early 2000s. They have been popular ever since.

Today, fashion girls love the A-line for it’s classy retro vibe and also the versatility — this is a piece that can be dressed up or down to suit the mood and occasion.

How to wear the A-line skirt

Collage of three outfits featuring A-line skirts.

A-line skirts are a great staple for every wardrobe. They are almost universally flattering — curvy girls and straight-shaped ladies tend to love their shape in an A-line. That’s because this silhouette accentuates your waist and hangs with just the right amount of hip fullness. A structured A-line either softens the appearance of larger hips or adds hip curves on straight figures.

The most important thing to remember when wearing an A-line skirt is this: Choose your tops carefully.  If the top doesn’t fit well or is too baggy, your look goes from fab to frumpy.

Next, consider your height. Skirt length is very important, especially for petite frames, because they can be dwarfed by a long, full skirt. The trendy A-line mini is a nice option if a midi-length A-line makes you feel too boxy.

A-Line skirt top picks

Mini length A-lines

Plus-size A-line skirt from Asos.

Plus-size babes will love this utility style A-line mini from ASOS. High-rise, with pockets, and a leather look, it’s actually machine washable and the perfect partner for everything from sweaters to tees.

Girl wearing a-line mini skirt and watering a plant.

This blue checked A-line mini has a 4.6 out of 5 rating on Urban Outfitters’ website — a testament to the versatile nature of the A-line style.

Midi length A-lines

Woman wearing pink A-line midi skirt.

If you’re worried about the extra shape an A-line will give you, try a piece that’s constructed of super lightweight fabric. This pink plisse midi is only $19 at Missguided.

a-line skirt 2

You’ll commonly see A-line midi skirts with a button front — that detail draws the eye in a straight line down the middle. That can take away from the skirt’ts naturall fullness.

What’s your take on A-line skirts? Let us know in the comments!