The waistline is significant on the appearance of the silhouette. Garments that change the presentation of a waistline typically fall on or near the wearer's natural waist. Men and women's clothing follow different guidelines for where the waistline will fall - men's garments fall near the natural waistline while women's garments vary in placement.
Waist Styles - referring to the height of the garment on the waist.
- Straight: a straight skirt falls directly down from the hips without any flare
- A-line: an A-line skirt resembles the letter "A" with a narrower waist and wide leg
- Flared: a flared skirt is similar to an A-line skirt with a larger flare at the bottom
- Gathered: a gathered skirt is pleated at the waist to create a fuller appearance
- Trumpet: a trumpet skirt has a very large flare, resembling the bell of a trumpet
- Peg Top: a peg top skirt, also called a pencil skirt, is narrow around the legs and fitted on the waist
- Circular: a circular skirt is full and gets its name from the shape it resembles when laid out flat