How to Choose the Right Skirt Length

Hemlines rise and fall like the stock market, but you’ll always look great if you heed these tips.


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You Will Need

  • The right shoes
  • Coordinating top
  • An above-the-knee skirt (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Dress for your height

    Make the most of your frame with the right skirt length. A short skirt will add height to a petite frame, while tall and leggy ladies can pull off flowing, layered skirts. Long skirts should be long enough to touch your anklebones.

  2. Try on a variety of skirts to see which flatter your body. Always try on a skirt with the shoes you plan to wear with it.

  3. Step 2

    Accentuate your assets

    Accentuate your assets. Show off toned legs in shorter skirts or a firm rear end in a knee-length, pencil skirt. Curvy girls will look best with a flared skirt that just covers the knee.

  4. Never let a skirt end at the widest parts of your legs – the calves and upper thighs.

  5. Step 3

    Make sure it's appropriate

    Make sure your skirt length is appropriate for your age and the occasion. Even if you look great in a micro mini, it’s probably not a good idea to wear one to work or around your grandkids.

  6. Step 4

    Coordinate with your top

    Coordinate the skirt length with the style of top you’ll be wearing. A fitted, V-neck top won’t pair well with a tight, short mini; a longer, flowing skirt creates a better balance. Tunic tops look great with short or narrow skirts.

  7. Step 5

    Use a safe alternative

    Wear a skirt that falls right above your knees, if all else fails. It’s a length that looks good on all shapes and sizes.

  8. In 1966, designer Mary Quant popularized the mini skirt, which hung 6 to 7 inches above the knee.