Skirts come in so many different lengths and styles that it can be hard to know where to even begin. What style flatters you the most? How short is too short for work? And once you’ve found the right skirt, what’s the best way to wear it?

Answering these questions is the key to finding the perfect skirt for every occasion. Luckily, it’s not nearly as hard as it seems.

Short Skirts

Short skirts are those with a hem that falls above the knee. This includes everything from mini skirts, to skorts, and bubble hems. There are few things to keep in mind when wearing short skirts. Ask yourself: where am I planning to wear this skirt? While a mini is perfect for a night on the town, it’s not the best choice for the office. It’s important to remember that super short skirts are rarely appropriate for formal occasions and best left for casual wear. If you want to go short but aren’t comfortable showing a lot of skin, try pairing your mini with tights or leggings.

If you want something a little longer than a mini, try a circle skirt. These skirts hang like an A-line and pair brilliantly with fitted tops or crops. They can also be worn with a loose-fitting top, tucked in at the waist. This style tends to be flattering for all body types whereas minis are most appropriate for younger women or those with apple or boyish shapes.

Knee Length Skirts

These styles are so varied that they can be worn just about anywhere. They are ideal for work, play, and even formal occasions. A full skirt, for example, is universally flattering. Because they are cinched at the waist, when worn with a tucked in, fitted top, a full skirt will make you appear tinier. And depending on the fabric and the pattern, full skirts can be appropriate for work as well as formal events.

One of the most versatile knee length skirt styles is the A-line. Flaring gently from the waistline, the A-line will emphasise the waist and just skim the hips, making it a great go-to for pear-shaped or fuller figured women. And the best part, you can wear an A-line anywhere.

If you need a solid staple for your work wardrobe, try a pencil skirt. This body-hugging skirt pairs well with a silk shell and a suit jacket, or a button-down top. A pencil skirt is flattering for all body types.

Long Skirts

When it comes to casual wear, few skirts are better than the maxi. Not everyone is into playsuits, so the maxi skirt provides an equally comfortable and stylish alternative. Maxis can be form-fitting or flowy, depending on your tastes. Form-fitting skirts are the most flattering option for apple-shaped bodies while a more flowing fabric will flatter a pear shape.

A high-low skirt, one where the hem is shorter in the front and longer in the back, is another universally flattering pick for casual occasions, while a midi skirt is ideal for formal events. This style, which falls mid-calf, can be worn with fitted shirts or looser tops tucked in at the waist. It is best to wear a midi with a pair of heels to prevent the hem-length from making the legs appear shorter.