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Casual to Formal Styled Skirts From Sears

Whether worn as a full prairie style or a crisply tailored pencil silhouette, womens skirts have remained a fixture in women's fashion for decades. Skirts run the gamut from the most casual wear to formal attire and look as appropriate in corporate offices as they do at cocktail parties. While fashion dictated hem lengths in the past, today's skirts are no longer bound to a narrow range of appropriate lengths.

Modern short skirts are more about comfort and confidence than dressing to shock. Wear them with bare legs for a casual look and cool feel or pair them with tights and boots for a more covered-up style. Short denim skirts go practically anywhere, while more luxurious materials such as suede skirts work especially well for evening events. Keep short skirts from becoming too revealing by keeping them more closely tailored the higher the hemline rises; a knee-length skirt that is comfortably full can become uncomfortably billowy at mid-thigh or higher.

Mid-length skirts are always office-appropriate. They range from ladylike chiffon confections to businesslike tweeds and no-nonsense wools. While "mid-length" means different things to different heights, most designers consider anything from a few inches above the knee to just above mid-calf to be medium length. Pick a skirt just above or below the knee to flatter thicker legs, as the hemline will rest at the leg's thinnest point.

Longer skirts tend to read quite casual or quite formal depending on their style and fabric; they rarely make an appearance in the boardroom. Tiered designs like prairie skirts and broomstick skirts have a floaty bohemian appeal that makes them ideal for casual outings. For evening wear, instead of reaching for that cocktail dress, try matching a pleated taffeta or chiffon skirt with a dressy blouse instead. Formal skirts have double the utility of a formal dress as they change their nature just from switching out a few accessories and a top. A light chiffon maxi-skirt has quite a different feel with a simple shirt and dressy womens jacket than it does with a delicate floral-print blouse. Make the most of a skirt's versatility by choosing formal skirts in flattering neutrals or black.

When it comes to picking out the perfect skirt, Sears truly has something for everyone. Not only do we carry the hottest brands and latest style, but we also stock all sizes from plus to petite skirts so you're sure to find that perfect fit. Bring home a new skirt, match it with your other wardrobe items and watch your outfit options multiply with Sears.

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