Look Taller, Leaner, Better: The Most Flattering Skirt and Shoe Combos
1. Embellished Skirt, Nude Shoes
A form-fitting pencil skirt gets an added dose of glamour with leg-lengthening nude pumps. Blake Lively looked beautiful in embellished Burberry Prorsum and classic Christian Louboutin heels. Sequin skirt, $26;houseoffraser.com. Patent leather pumps, $170; tedbaker.com.
2. Asymmetrical Skirt, Ankle Strap Pumps
Shine a spotlight on your limbs and add extra oomph. Lily Collins showed how it’s done in an asymmetrical Fausto Puglisi skirt and Brian Atwood Zenith ankle strap heels. Chiffon skirt, $15; delias.com. Leather pumps, $190; saks.com.
A continuum of color offers an elongating silhouette. Rita Ora accessorized a light reflecting DKNY ensemble with silver Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps. Laminated wool skirt, $313; farfetch.com. Leather pumps, $132; nastygal.com.
4. Textured Skirt, Printed Pumps
A pink tweed pencil skirt gets an unexpected upgrade with patterned gam-enhancing heels. Rachel Roy turned heads in a look from her eponymous line. Boucle pencil skirt, $155; houseoffraser.com. Leather pumps, $295; nordstrom.com.
5. High-Waisted Midi, Wedge Sandals
Spotlight your calves in a form-fitting, below-the-knee midi (like Olivia Wilde’s A.L.C. Resort 2014 printed piece), and accent with easy-to–walk-in wedges. Nylon-blend pencil skirt, $15; newlook.com. Suede platforms, $100 tedbaker.com
6. Breezy Mini, Patterned Flats
Unabashedly showcase your stems with a high hemline paired with patterned flats, like Olivia Palermo’s wispy Topshop number and pink-piped leopard ballerinas. Crochet skirt, $15; delias.com. Leather flats, $150; farfetch.com.
7. Full Skirt, Platform Pumps
Full, knee-length skirts and platform pumps make the petite appear statuesque-ly chic. Kelly Ripa’s legs look miles long in a floral patterned Christopher Kane skirt and blue suede pumps. Cotton skirt, $245; tedbaker.com. Leather pumps, $109; ninewest.com.
8. High-Slit Pencil, Strappy Sandals
Diane Kruger's Emanuel Ungaro skirt seductively creates a flatteringly long line, while her Jimmy Choo Vamp Platform Sandals have a slimming effect. Cotton skirt, $190; karenmillen.com. Suede sandals, $85; nordstrom.com.