How To Style Skirts: 5 Styling Tips

How To Style Skirts: 5 Styling Tips

One of the most timeless and popular articles of clothing throughout history has been the skirt. This means there’s a ton of variety and so many different ways you can style each type of skirt. With all the endless possibilities, I decided to make a list of the top styles of skirts that are popular right now.

Join me as I discuss how to incorporate skirts into the trends you know and love.

The History of Skirts 

In modern times, many people tend to think of skirts as a gendered clothing item. Interestingly, though, this trend is fairly recent, historically speaking. In fact, it’s the second oldest garment in the world

Throughout the early history of humanity, skirts and dresses were worn by almost everyone. Now, the fashion world sees skirts growing popular among everyone, regardless of gender.

What Are the Most Popular Styles of Skirts?

A-line

An a-line skirt is one of the most classic styles. A-lines are fitted at the waist with a slight flare as they extend. A-line shapes are some of the most versatile skirts there are, which makes them a great go-to when in doubt about putting together a chic ensemble.

Asymmetrical

An asymmetrical skirt is higher on one side than on the other. Although these aren’t one of the most common types, they provide an interesting element and a post-modern look with their intentionally uneven hem.

High-Low

Sometimes confused as the same thing as an asymmetrical skirt, the high-low version is similar, but instead of the hem being uneven from left to right (or vice versa), the hem is higher in the front and lower in the back. This creates an elegant flow when walking and is a skirt I most recommend for summer days.

Maxi

A maxi skirt is the longest form. These typically extend down to the ankle. Like most skirts, they’re flexible and make a good base or even a statement piece. Pairing a maxi skirt with a crop top is always a good idea.

Midi

A midi skirt is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a mid-length skirt. These skirts typically hit right above or right at the knee. Just like the a-line, these are one of the most timeless articles of clothing you can wear.

Mini

A mini skirt is the shortest version listed here, with the hem typically ending around mid-calf. Mini skirts are generally more casual due to their length but can be worn in some dressy settings, like on a date or a night out with friends. Mini skirts with embellishments like the Monaco Skirt are inherently more formal, especially when paired with opaque tights.

Popular Patterns in Skirts

While the fit of your skirt is essential, so is considering the types of patterns. Assessing the pattern (in terms of color, weight, and degree) will help you to choose the correct top.

Pleated Skirts

Pleated skirts, like tennis and school uniform skirts, are rising into the spotlight again. These classically preppy and sporty skirts can be dressed down for everyday wear. The reemergence of 90s nostalgia, including films like Clueless, has made the plaid, pleated skirt hotter than ever.

However, longer-length pleated skirts, like pleated a-line skirts, are a fantastic piece to wear in more professional or formal environments.

Bows

Bows and knots on skirts are an effortless way to add an intriguing detail to an outfit through texture. Whether this is a large bow serving as a statement piece or a simple knot working as an accent, you can use these features to highlight your skirt. Half-bows are a more modern take on the bow and can add a chic effect to your vibe.

A dynamic twist on the bow is the ruffle. A well-placed ruffle, like in the Tamara Skirt,creates continuous movement, even when you’re standing perfectly still. 

Wrap Skirts

Wrap skirts tend to be worn more casually, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Wrap skirts are often high-low or asymmetrical skirts, which make them perfect for wearing over swimsuits or in warmer climates.

Tip 1: Tucking In Your Shirt Enhances Your Look

When you’re wearing longer and looser tops with your skirt, you can refine your appearance by tucking in your shirt. A button-down or solid blouse looks outstanding when tucked in, and you can take the look to another level by adding a belt. One of my current favorite tuck options is the French tuck.

However, you don’t have to limit yourself to fashion norms. For example, wearing oversized shirts with mini skirts has made its way into the fashion scene. You can experiment with such fashion-forward proportions to try something new.

Tip 2: Take Advantage of Tights

Much like with dresses, tights are a staple pair with skirts. Not only do tights add an interesting element, but they also are a great tool to allow you to wear midi and mini silhouettes in the cooler months. 

You can wear tights with a skirt for a simple everyday style, like a midi with loafers or even sneakers and a crop top. But tights and stockings are also an excellent way to elevate your ensemble to a more professional or even formal level.

Pairing an elegant skirt like the ruffled Aymee Skirt with tights and heels is a great way to instantly professionalize your outfit.

Tip 3: Accessorize With a Belt

Belts help break your outfit down into parts, allowing the gaze to focus on individual elements.

You can use a simple leather belt for a more minimal look or even a chain belt to give your waist its own piece of jewelry. If you’re wearing a simple skirt and top, though, you can use a colorful belt to add flair to your getup.

Tip 4: Choose the Right Shoes for the Right Skirt

Shoes are as important a piece of clothing as any, which is why they’re important to consider when wearing a skirt. There are many different ways you can style your skirt with your shoes. For instance, tall boots compliment shorter skirts, while heels are favorable with midi variations. 

Tip 5: Base Your Top on the Volume of Your Skirt

The amount of space your skirt takes up is also essential. If you’re wearing a voluminous a-line or maxi option, I recommend a tighter-fitting top or a crop top, depending on the occasion.

With slimmer shapes like pencil skirts, consider if you want a slim outfit, in which case you’d pair a slim top, or if you want to contrast the skirt with a looser top, like a button-down.

From Past to Present: I Love Skirts

As one of the oldest and most versatile pieces of fashion, the skirt is a wardrobe essential. There are so many different types, which means there are countless different ways of styling them. I went over some of my favorite tips and tricks for styling skirts, but I encourage everyone to find what works best for them!

 

Sources:

Rackets At The Ready, Tennis Skirts Are All The Rage Right Now | British Vogue

Chasing The History Of The Skirt | CBS News

The 'French tuck': How to nail the style trick that'll improve any outfit | MamaMia

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