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White is hot this summer. If you are thinking about getting a trendy white bottom, I recommend a tennis skirt.

Compared with other white bottoms on trend, such as cropped pants and lace shorts, a tennis skirt is far more hip-and-thigh friendly. Its A line skims over the hips, and its width makes the thighs look thinner by contrast.

By the way, I belt my tennis skirt because its waistband is too thin to define my short waist, which wouldn't look nipped in without help from a substantial belt. If you have a longer waist with natural inward curves, then you don't need a belt.

Just be selective about pleated tennis skirts if you like pleats but have proportionally large hips. Pleats that start from the waistband would add volume to the hips. So, pick a tennis skirt with pleats starting below the widest point of the pelvis, like mine.

This is an American Apparel tennis skirt. You can get one exactly the same by clicking on the ad below and choose white from its color options.

 

A pleated tennis skirt looks youthful, but because it's sporty, it's not as schoolgirl-like as a pleated plaid skirt around the same length. 

Above is one of my sweet 16 photos (looking very skinny after losing about 20 pounds---I was sort of chubby from age 13 to 15). The Clueless-like combination of a pleated plaid miniskirt and over-the-knee socks wouldn't look age-appropriate on me any more (I may talk about how separating them may work for adult women in my later posts), but a white tennis skirt is a totally different ballgame.

No one will say you should stop exercising after a certain age. That means you can get away with a tennis skirt after age 30, even 40, as long as you stay fit. Envision Brooke Burke-Charvet in a white tennis skirt. Whether you like her or not, you must objectively agree that she can pull it off!

Please note that what I mean by "stay fit" is NOT about your size, but about your muscles. A tennis skirt just requires toned legs. It doesn't matter how thick the thighs are, as long as there's nothing sagging. In other words, a tennis skirt definitely can work for a plus-size woman who keeps her thighs in shape.

Doesn't the lady in the photo above look skinnier than a size 16? Besides the A line of the tennis skirt, the black on the sides helps, too. A black-and-white colorblock tennis skirt is a great alternative to an all-white one for those on the plump side, but the thighs still have to be firm because the tennis skirt reveals them.

When it comes to fitness, the thighs are less of a problem area than the upper arms. Even skinny women may have a little underarm jiggle. If that describes you, just forget tank tops and pair your tennis skirt with a T-shirt. In case you are also concerned about your tummy, don't tuck the T-shirt in. Letting it out can camouflage your belly. A loose T-shirt would look especially slimming on those with narrow hips. Only belt the T-shirt if your shape is similar to mine, with proportionally large hips.

Although tennis skirts belong to sportswear, they are not necessarily meant for a tennis player's look all the time. For variation, you can match your tennis skirt with a plaid shirt and Mary-Jane shoes for a preppy style, which particularly suits summer interns and young professionals.

I would wear the ensemble shown above to cover community events as a local news reporter. It's a great example of the so-called "business casual." If your workplace has a stricter dress code, you can go for this style on a casual Friday.

Have I talked you into trying on a white tennis skirt?

About the Blog

Flatter Your Figure is a weekly blog on www.crystaltai.com about how to make the latest fashion work for real women of different body types. It presents a new post every Wednesday or Thursday.

 



 




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