Figuring out how to wear a corduroy skirt and look great at the same time can be trickier than you might expect. If the skirt is too long or the wale of the corduroy too wide, you risk looking dowdy. The items you choose to wear with the skirt can also make or break the outfit. While corduroy skirts are casual, the goal is to look put-together and neat as well as relaxed.
Choose the right skirt length for your body. A mini-corduroy skirt is not the look for everyone. Ankle-length corduroy skirts are generally not a good idea for anyone, as the stiff cotton corduroy doesn't fall gently over the legs. A long corduroy skirt usually just looks as though you are trying to hide something. Your best bet when it comes to a corduroy skirt is choosing a skirt that falls just above the knees or just below the knees. The midi-length skirt, which falls below the knees, is on-trend for 2011 and is an excellent choice for work or school.
Slim-fitting corduroy skirts are usually your best bet for a flattering fit. A skirt with a slight A-line shape will also work well. Avoid full corduroy skirt or those with pleats, as the fabric is thick and heavy and won't fall in a flattering way. When wearing a corduroy skirt, also stick with a corduroy fabric that is a fine wale rather than a thick or wide wale. Wide wale corduroy looks more casual and somewhat sloppy, which a fine wale can almost look like velvet. For the illusion of longer legs, sticks with a vertical wale.
When wearing a corduroy skirt, think lots of layers. The fabric works best in the fall and into the winter, as it is generally heavy in weight. Pair a corduroy skirt with a pair of thick, opaque tights or leggings. The tights can be footless or have attached feet. Wear a cute, fitted button up shirt on top. Go for a shirt in a crisp cotton or a soft, plaid flannel top. Remember to tuck the shirt in for a neat appearance.
Play with contrasting fabrics with the corduroy skirt for a slightly more sophisticated look. Corduroy skirts can be worn out on a date or for drinks with friends when paired with shiny, satiny sleeveless shirt and a sleek, fitted blazer. Choose a wool or twill blazer rather than a velvet or corduroy blazer for the best look.
On chilly days, pair your skirt with a thin-knit wool sweater or cardigan to keep warm. For a cute, preppy look, choose a turtleneck sweater rather than a crewneck or V-neck. If you want to look extra preppy, wear a crisp cotton shirt and a sweater vest with your skirt.
You have plenty of shoe options to wear with corduroy skirts. If you're wearing footless leggings or tights, cute canvas sneakers or ballet flats work well with the skirt. For a slightly tougher look, try wearing a pair of leather mid-calf boots with the skirt. For a date-night look, go for chunky heels or even a pair of pumps.