The shape of skirts to come? Pannier skirt from River Island

Pannier-skirt

We should probably begin this post by pointing out that the skirt you see before you doesn't have ACTUAL panniers in it to make it stick out at the hips like that. Or not so far as we know, anyway. It just looks like it does, which may be almost as bad, depending on your point of view.

This style of skirt is slowly gaining prominence in the fashion word at the moment, and you've probably noticed some examples here on this very site. You should expect to see even more of them in the stores soon, because skirts with giant hips are being touted as one of the "big" (no pun intended) looks for this winter. One the one hand, we guess it will help make your waist look smaller. On the other, though, and at the risk of stating the obvious, it will do this at the expense of making your hips look bigger. Much bigger.

Is it worth the trade-off, we wonder? Will you suffer inflated hips for the sake of a smaller (looking) waist, or would you rather just retain your natural proportions?

If you're going for the former option, and would like to do so in this very skirt, it's £34.99 and you can buy it at River Island.

6 Comments

  • August 5, 2009

    Katie R

    I love panniers! Definitely not flattering for all, though.

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  • August 5, 2009

    Pixie

    I don’t think i really need the extra emphasis on hips. But, maybe this will solve my problem of trying to find a high waisted pencil skirt that fits at my waist and my bum/hips!

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  • August 5, 2009

    JJ

    i like, but not for most of us

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  • August 5, 2009

    Miranda

    To me, this is one of those looks that would be fine on the runway, but not in real life. It’s definitely not a good idea for anyone who (like me) has any junk in the trunk.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Meredith

    One of the best parts of my body is my waist, so I’d definitely wear this to emphasize my waist. I think it’s actually flattering for a lot of people because the over-exaggeration of the hips clearly isn’t realistic, so people don’t really know how much is really under there and therefore you look skinnier.
    That didn’t really make sense. My point is: I think they really can be flattering.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Celeste

    I see this working for girls that have narrow hips. But it’s not for me. I already have big hips and a narrow waist. Exaggerating it would just make me look crazy. Also, The skirt is too “pointy” a more natural curve might be better.

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