Shape: Gathered at the waist, with tucks, pleats or draping.
Best for: Defining your waist. It's the go-to shape for everyone.
Fit tip: If you're hesitant to add bulk to your hips with pleats or gathers, go for tucks that fall from the hip instead of the waist.
How to wear it: Play up this billowy cut with feminine extras like sequins, lace and a pretty ponytail.
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Shape: A floor-grazing hemline, with a full or slim skirt.
Best for: Slender builds, and anyone on vacation or casual lunch dates.
Fit tip: Beware of styles with too much fabric—they'll make you look shorter!
How to wear it: Go casual chic with flip-flops and an oversized tote, or try this style in silk or satin with strappy heels for a night out.
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Shape: Fitted and lean, it can sit above, at or below the waist. Typically falls to the knee.
Best for: Emphasizing an hourglass figure.
Fit tip: Don't be afraid to show off your curves; go snug but hide panty lines with shape-enhancing undergarments.
How to wear it: This body-conscious silhouette works best at the office when paired with a tailored shirt or short jacket.
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Shape: Vertical folds run from the waist to the hem in this typically short to mid-length style.
Best for: A boyish frame. This cut gives the illusion of hips.
Fit tip: Keep the hemline to the knee or higher to avoid looking dated.
How to wear it: A lightweight knit or an Oxford button-up will add some schoolgirl charm to this classic.
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Shape: Slim or full, this micro cut is short and sweet.
Best for: Showing off—if you've got it, flaunt it! Petites, take note: This cut makes you look taller.
Fit tip: Minis look most flattering in a mid to low rise. The hem should hit the thigh no lower than a hand's length above the knee.
How to wear it: Pair with embellished flats or sandals for a laid-back, stylish look.
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