When you are wearing a skirt with volume on the bottom, it is important to pair it with a top that creates an hourglass silhouette. It may be tempting to leave your blouse untucked or pair back to a chunky sweater, but that will only add unwanted width. Even if your waist is not as small as you would like it to be, it is smaller than the bottom of the skirt so you need to accentuate that difference. My preferred method is by simply tucking in my blouse and adding a belt to draw the eye in. If you create a strong shoulder with a ruffle detail or even just add a scarf, you will help balance the volume on your bottom and make your waist look even smaller.
Of course we all know that is can be difficult to find nice blouses that actually have sleeves so it is often necessary to add an extra layer. Although you should still tuck in your bottom layer, the cardigan can be left out as long as the waist is still accented. Either add a belt on the outside of the cardigan or get the same effect by buttoning only one or two buttons right at the smallest part of your torso.
Don't wear skirts? If you are a fan of wide leg pants, these same rules apply to you!
Pencil skirts (and straight cut skirts in general) are very popular right now since the clean lines make a classic shape feel very modern and wearable now. However, many women dislike the hip hugging that a pencil skirt promises and instead feel more comfortable in an a-line or full skirt.