Did you know that historically, skirts were worn by both men and women? Of course, now that fashion is more constricted to gender norms, the sight of a man rocking a skirt is a rare one unless it’s a traditional garment like the Scottish kiln. The word skirt is now associated with femininity and elegance instead of European royals and ancient Greeks. Being one of the first garments ever made, skirts have evolved from cloths of modesty to staple fashion pieces in almost every woman’s wardrobe.
From tutus to ruffled denim to box pleats and long maxi skirts, not only are the varieties of skirts endless but each can be very versatile when it comes to styling. Depending on the material of the skirt and the blouse you wear, they can be dressed up or down for any occasion! However, if you’re not sure which skirt fits your style, keep on reading through the different types of skirts to find your perfect match!
Types of Skirts:
#1 A-line skirt: (From $19)
As the name goes, the silhouette of this skirt resembles the capital letter A. With a narrow fitted waist that gradually forms a wider hemline, this is one of the most common skirt types. Coming in all different lengths, colors, and fabrics, it’s usually paired with fitted tops to accentuate the waist and give a more girly look to your fit.
- Gored skirt
Gored is a type of an A-line skirt that’s sown with multiple triangular pieces stitched together to make a larger circle that cinches at the waist and flows down to the hem. This simply provides more flow and movement to the fabric compared to a regular A-line.
- Fitted pencil skirt
If you’re looking for a skirt that hugs your curves while still serving elegant looks, a fitted pencil skirt is a way to go! Most commonly worn by businesswomen with suits, this skirt usually falls just below your knees and occasionally sports a narrow slit on the side to allow for more movement. If you’ve got important interviews coming up, pair your favorite pencil skirt with a button-up blouse, heels and a blazer for a sharp and professional yet stylistic look!
#2 Circle skirt (from $18.99)
From a cross-sectional point of view, a circle skirt takes the shape of a large circle with a hole cut in the center for the waist. When worn, this contributes to a beautiful natural fall with soft pleats, making it perfect for a cute spring/ summer look when paired with a basic tank top or a tee.
- Skater skirt:
Very popular in fashion today, a skater skirt is a type of a circle skirt with a higher waist and hemline. For a cozier look, pair this with an oversized sweatshirt (un-tucked), sneakers, and a messy ponytail.
- Godet skirt
This skirt has triangular panels, sown in place of cut out wedges from a regular skirt to offer more flare. These can either be of different colored silks, linens, or the same fabric as the rest of the skirt. It does synch at the waist and has more body and fullness than a gored skirt because of the added fabric.
#3 Trumpet Skirt (from $32)
Here since the Victorian era, the trumpet skirt is tighter and more fitted at the top, with a flared out the bottom. Often, the distinction is quite obvious as different materials and colors of fabrics are used to from the ‘trumpet’. However, this has become a very popular prom/ bridal dress look and has been seen sported by fashion icons such as Victoria Beckham.
#4 Layered skirt (from $17)
A layered skirt is formed by strips of fabrics stitched horizontally, one below the other to form a skirt. These can be ruffled if made of mesh or tool. On the other hand, a lighter fabric such as silk can be added in more jagged layers for a whimsical look.
#5 Pleated skirt (from $15.99)
Pleated skirts are perfect for adding texture to your outfit. Usually starting from the waistband, the fabric is folded into successive pleats all around the skirt, and depending on the types of pleats; different variations of this skirt can be formed.
- Box pleated skirts:
The box pleats are formed by folding the fabric on either side of the pleat, under itself, and ironing it to the desired shape for a fuller, boxier fit.
- Kick pleated skirt:
Kick pleats are inverted pleats (forming sections going inwards rather than outwards) that spice up a simple straight skirt with an added flow.
- Accordion pleated:
Super fun to wear, this skirt takes the shape of an accordion with its zig-zag patterned pleats around the width of the skirt.
- Knife pleated skirt:
Each knife pleat is formed by folding the fabric to face one direction with the same width on the inner and outer sides. These sharply pressed pleats are successive all around the skirt and often end up overlapping each other. Knife pleats are very commonly worn skirts for a classier look.
#6 Drindle skirt (from $20)
This German skirt was traditionally worn with a bodice, blouse, and wait for it, an apron! It’s identified by its cinched waist sporting an elastic band and a wider hemline allowing for free movement. Found usually in full, midi, or knee-length, this skirt can even come with pockets!
#7 Miniskirt (from $14)
A mini skirt is one of the shortest skirts (about 7 to 11 inches short) with a hemline well above the knees. Different types of miniskirts include bondage miniskirts, micro mini/pelmet skirt, denim or pleated minis, etc.
#8 Asymmetrical hem skirt (from $22)
One of the most popular types of asymmetrical skirts has a lower hemline in the back (usually floor-length) than the front, which is most commonly worn to formal events like prom. For more of an everyday look, a very popular modern-day asymmetrical skirt is knee length and has one side with a shorter hemline than the other.
#9 Bubble skirt (from $18.99)
Shaped almost like a balloon, the hem of the skirt is folded inwards to form a rounded silhouette along with a cinched waist. Usually found as a mini skirt, it looks best when paired with stockings, a collared blouse, and some boots.
#10 Yoke skirt (from $16)
A yoke is essentially an extra piece of fabric that takes the place of a waistband and allows for the attachment of the fuller part of the skirt. It will provide more structure while emitting darts and keeping the flare of the skirt focused on the bottom only rather than all the way through.
#11 Tulip skirt (from $25)
Practically like wearing flower petals around your waist if you ask me. The fabric of the skirt layers in the front, imitating the look of flower petals, coupled with a cinched waist and tapered hemline. They come in various forms from pencils to maxis, minis, etc. where the mini ones tend to have more of a bubble skirt-like look.
#12 Cowl skirt (from $20)
A cowl skirt has several hooded drapes on either side of the skirt. The skirt is fairly fitted from waist down to the hemline but there’s some bulk around the hips with the added fabric of the drapes.
#13 Straight skirt (from $17)
Often seen in a more professional workplace or with school uniforms, a straight skirt is very similar to a pencil skirt. However, instead of tapering near the hem, this skirt goes straight down and hence falls looser around the hem.
#14 Gypsy Skirt (from $23)
A gypsy skirt (also known as a broomstick skirt) is very bohemian looking and comes in all sorts of different styles and fabrics. It’s generally a midi or maxi length skirt, coupled with tiers, ruffles, and even layers. Some of the more traditional skirts come in tribal or floral prints. They are usually made of cotton and can easily be paired with a light tee.
#15 Peplum skirt (from $31)
A peplum skirt is perfect for people who want to wear a more fitted pencil skirt but are scared of accentuating their hips. Peplum is an added strip of fabric along the waist of a skirt, usually about 2 or 3 inches long, that flares out at the end. On one hand, the extra flare not only hides your hips but if you’re skinnier, also works in giving you more volume around that area.
#16 Tiered skirt (from $19)
A tiered skirt has multiple strips of fabrics sewn together horizontally to form the skirt. It can be ruffled and layer (or not) depending on your preference however, each layer is wider than the one above it. This style is seen a lot in gypsy skirts or tutus and usually looks best with a simpler, more fitted top to balance out the fullness of the skirt(especially if it’s ruffled).
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