Trend Alert: How to wear the full skirt

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Ladies it is time to fling your ‘twist wraps skirts’ and hop on this full skirt trend that has been around for a while. Honestly, Nigerian women it is time for an intervention. Twist wrap skirts have  been abused, people have even started twisting aso-oke. While I must commend the creativity, it is time for us to move on. Let us join forces and embrace the full skirt. Pioneered by Christian Dior’s 1947 spring collection, this skirt cinches in the waist and puffs out at the hips creating a very ladylike silhouette. I have listed some useful tips on how to rock this trend successfully.

christie brown 2013 full skirt
Christie Brown – Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013

1 The key to styling a full skirt is balance, the top should be streamlined and fit close to the body. It hides larger thighs and makes the waistline look tiny by default. This is great for women with broad shoulders and slim hips as this draws in the waist and adds volume to the bottom instantly giving the illusion of an hourglass figure.

2 Choose a skirt with a hemline that stops at the skinniest part of your leg which is usually above or bellow the knee.

style Pantry full skirt
Mixup prints and wear it with a smart shirt like Folake of

3 Full midi skirts cut off your legs and can make the tallest person look short, so I wouldn’t advice wearing flats with a full skirt especially if you are petite. However a full skirt with fluid fabric such as chiffon or silk goes well with flat sandals. A hot trend right now is to wear full skirts with pointed court shoes.

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Fisayo of rocks hers with a jumper. Perfect for autumn/winter.

4 Don’t ignore the fabric. Soft fabric like chiffon and silk will make u look girly while stiffer fabrics will look more modern and right in line with this season’s trend. Too much flounce will make u look bigger, so if you have a fuller figure or wide hips, stick to a more subtle A-line.

stella full skirt

Stella of rocks a subtle A-line skirt with a cropped jumper and nude heels

5 Let the skirt be the focal point.

6 Full skirts with pockets add that extra cool, makes the look modern and creates a nice contrast to the super girly silhouette.

Maraya O fullskirt lagos fashion week
Marayah O – Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013

7 At night u can wear it with a silk blouse or jacket but during the day to make things more casual pair with a cropped top or tee.

soraya fullskirt
Go full length like Soraya of
forstyle sake skirt
Style it with a peplum jacket like Shally of

Loving Shallys skirt from

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