A wrap is a single long panel that wraps
around you until it has a double panel in the front and usually
attaches on the side.
Wraps are in a league of their own. They
can take on almost any silhouette and accommodate pretty much any body
type. They are great for those of us who fluctuate in weight because
most are adjustable.
Some manufactures skimp on the front panel that
wraps back on itself, when purchasing a wrap , be sure to take
note that you have enough material to move about naturally without
feeling like it will splay open.
I consider the wrap to be essential for a woman’s
A true circle is cut out of one piece
fabric that makes a circle,
then is attached to the waistband with or without gathers or pleats.
They are excellent options for all body types. The trick to
choosing this kind of skirt is to pay attention to the volume and
material. How to choose a circle for your body type:
Top-Heavy Body Types and Rectangular
for these body types are
ones that use fabrics that have
a bit of structure to them like slightly stiffer fabric with some
pleating or gathers in them or a couple of layers. This will accentuate
the hips while creating balance with your top half.
Bottom Heavy Body Types Curvy Body Types
If you are bottom heavy, the circle can be a godsend or a tent. Choose
a one that has no gathers. Because this is a circle skirt and
depending on how full the circle is, it will already have soft folds of
fabric draping around you.
If you love gathers choose them carefully. Look for skirts that have
small gathers that don’t poof out. Also the fabric doesn’t have to be
heavy but it must have enough weight to hang well.
Remember: Voluminous gathers have a tendency to make the slim and
small-framed women look utterly overwhelmed. They can also
make curvier women look big and frumpy instead of curvy and
sexy. So choose carefully.
Many women who are in the plus size bracket have a tendency to think
gathers and overly large clothing is more slimming. That truly is the
furthest thing from the truth. In fact, the opposite is true.
Plus size women should wear slightly heavier knits that skim and flow
with the body, not cling to it.
Circles and pleats are also another style to think about. Pleats
can look school girlish, classic, sophisticated, even urban and funky
with the right accessories. Just remember pleats must stay flat. If
they splay out at all, the effect is ruined. Again if your bottom heavy
look for pleats that have been sewn down, otherwise pleats will just
accentuates the size of your hips, not minimize them.