Living in Japan, I was always in awe of everybody’s fashion choices. Everyone looked so kawaii (cute) in their knit sweaters layered over button up shirts with shorts, tights, and heeled boots. I have envied Japanese fashion since I was in junior high school, and seeing it in real life was an absolute dream.
Just one problem: the fashionable Japanese girls that I admired were very keen on showing A LOT of leg. We’re talking short-shorts and mini-skirts galore. And it looked great on them. Somehow, they found a way to balance out the amount of skin they were showing by covering up their top half. (I really saw zero cleavage while I was in Japan, which I very much appreciated.) However, because I was surrounded by these amazingly stylish, beautiful, leggy women, and because I have very high modesty standards when it comes to showing skin, every now and then I would find myself feeling so, so frumpy. I’d look at myself in my seemingly matronly knee-length skirts in the mirror and just frown.
But then I thought, just because I don’t show a lot of skin, doesn’t mean my body doesn’t look good. Showing skin and being leggy does not automatically equal womanly. Sure, I may not ever be sexy…but I don’t want to be seen like that anyway.
Over the years, I have figured out ways to wear modest skirts without looking frumpy. These ways work for me, but I’d love to hear your tips in the comments as well!
1. Wear heels.
J.Crew cardigan (similar); J.Crew Factory necklace;
Urban Outfitters top; Crossover skirt from Japan
Wearing skirts at the waist definitely elongates your bottom half, which is what you want! I also feel as though it creates a very 1950s silhouette, which is very, very feminine. I have some skirts that actually fall at my hip naturally, but I belt them at my waist so they’ll stay up. Just a trick of the trade 😉
3. Pay attention to where the hemline falls.
Supposedly, just above the knee is the ideal length for making your legs appear longer. I don’t necessarily follow this rule, but it’s good to keep in mind. For me, I usually wear skirts somewherearound the knee area.