There is no question that the outfit on the right is so much better; the correct fit is all important!
With regards the outfit on the left: The skirt is too tight and too short emphasizing the fullness around Alma’s tummy area (the shiny fabric at the bottom also doesn’t help). The skirt length is okay, not fantastic.
With regards the outfit on the right: It is exactly the same outfit, we have just swopped the skirt for shorts. The overall fit is perfect and the mid-knee length makes the overall shape of her leg look so much slimmer. The darker colour on the bottom half of the body also elongates her overall body shape. A skirt, in a darker colour, would have worked – we just felt the smart shorts suited her smart-casual lifestyle.
The answer to this fashion Q&A was provided by Marlise du Plessis