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<TABLE border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><!--BEGIN CONTENT-->A Woman in Full: Spring's Full Skirts Await You </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

By Lisa Kovalovich

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Stash your pencil skirts in the back of your closet -- this spring, the new skirt silhouette is full, flouncy and fun. Read on for guidelines and insider tips to pulling off this playful style: The Cut

A full skirt has a flirty appeal, thanks to its movement and flippy hemline. To make sure you get the best effect, choose a skirt that is cinched in at the waist and trumpets outward. One with a thin crinoline or several layers of fabric underneath will give a standout silhouette. Choose a skirt that falls just across your knees. Any shorter, and you'll look like a little girl; longer, you'll look like a '50s bridesmaid.

The Fabric

Anything goes when it comes to fabric this spring; it all depends on the mood you're in! For evening, try silk shantung in a bold jewel tone, or soft lace over a crinoline. For work, go for khaki twill or crisp linen. For a romantic look, choose skirts with detailed lacy or beaded hems. And for fun, try a bold flower print or western-inspired stripe.

How to Make It Work

The key to looking great in a full skirt is proportion; you must balance the fullness on the bottom with some sleekness on top. Here's how it looks for specific occasions:

Evening: Try a sleek shell or short wrap sweater on top. Pair with T-strap heels.

Work: Add a crisp, white oxford, but instead of tucking it in, wrap it around your waist. Or go for a ladylike sweater set in fine-gauge silk. Mid-heeled mules polish off the professional look.

Romance: When you're feeling passionate, wear with a shoulder-baring halter or camisole. Be sure your top is form-fitting to show off the skirt's narrow waist. Add jeweled heels or sexy wedge sandals. Fun: Pick a cotton tank in a bright color, or a close-fitting T-shirt for the utmost in relaxed chic. Or kick things up with a short-sleeved blouse in a polka-dot print. On your feet, anything goes, from flip-flops to espadrilles to girlie Mary Janes.

 
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OMG, I love full skirts & am glad they're around again this Spring/Summer.


 
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My legs are too skinny to pull of full skirts, but I'm always excited to hear that longer skirts are coming back into style instead of all those crazy mini-skirts!


 
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You're too funny. I doubt that you have a big @ss, but I just think that they're so feminine & classic. Very Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn.


 
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Originally Posted by keaLoha You're too funny. I doubt that you have a big @ss, but I just think that they're so feminine & classic. Very Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn.
Yup! Very 50's... without the poodle! lol And yes - my butt is a JLO extreme! LOL
 
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Originally Posted by keaLoha Then I'll nickname you JLo Jr., or bootyrific.
LOL!!
 
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Originally Posted by keaLoha OMG, I love full skirts & am glad they're around again this Spring/Summer.
Me too!
 

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