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A-Z List of Types and Silhouettes of Skirts in Fashion

Updated on May 24, 2017

Skirts

A skirt is a term used in fashion for an item of clothing worn from the waist down. Today, it has become an essential element of any woman’s or girl’s wardrobe and is considered a must-have. There are many styles of skirts available in all brands. The styles come and go with the seasons, but the silhouettes remain the same.

Different Skirt Lengths

There are varying skirt lengths that have been described as follows.

  • Micro: It is a skirt that has a thigh length.
  • Mini: It is a skirt that is usually above the knee
  • Knee Length: It is a skirt that is till the knee.
  • Below the knee: It is a skirt that just below the knee. While standing the knees are not visible.
  • Midi: It is a skirt that is of the calf length.
  • Maxi: It is a skirt that is below the calf length.
  • Ankle Length: It is a skirt whose hem is just above the shoes.
  • Floor Length: It is a skirt that while wearing covers the shoe.

Different Skirt Lengths
Different Skirt Lengths

Here is an A-Z List of the silhouettes of the skirts.

Accordion Pleats Skirt

It is a skirt that has pleats throughout the skirt and gives a narrow silhouette because of the narrow pleats. It is made to be worn at the true waist of a person and looks very classy.

Bell Skirt

It is a skirt that gives a voluminous shape to a person. It has a circular or semi-circular cut that produces a swaying hem.

Casual Style Skirt

It is a skirt that typically has big side pockets and a buttoned down front to give a very casual look.

Country Style Skirt

It is a skirt that is characterized by a high centre pleat and side pockets.

Culottes Skirt

It is a very unique type of skirt that is actually a trouser, which the front and back of the trousers are made extremely wide to look like a skirt. It is very much in fashion these days. You can identify these easily and many fashion brands carry this style because it looks very chic.

Draped Skirt

It is a skirt that is characterized by soft folds throughout along with a wrap-around skirt effect. It is very elegant and gives a very sophisticated look.

Fit and Flare Skirt

It is a skirt that is narrow at the hips and typically has a flared, gathered fabric panel attached at the bottom.

Flared Paneled Skirt

Extremely narrow at the hips, it is a skirt that is constructed with the use of vertical fabric panels and has a wide hem to give a swinging effect to the skirt.

Flounced Skirt

Typically, a succession of horizontal layers of the fabric (called flounces) is attached together onto the skirt to give a flowing effect to the garment.

Frilled Hemline Skirt

Similar in construction to the fit and flare skirt, it has a ruffled gathered panel of fabric attached to the bottom. Also, unlike the fit and flare skirt which is narrow at the hips, this skirt is generally free at the hips.

Full Skirt

It is a skirt that is usually to be worn at the true waist, and has a large amount of fabric material attached by the means of gathering on the waist. It is voluminous and gives a flowing movement to the garment.

Godet Skirt

It is a paneled skirt, which means that vertical panels are cut and sown together to construct the skirt. The difference here is that either bell-shaped panels are used or additional material is inserted to the panels to allow the hem to swing out of the skirt.

Handkerchief Hemline Skirt

It is a skirt that has an asymmetric or uneven flowing hem, made to look like a diagonally hanging handkerchief.

Inverted Pleats Skirt

It is a skirt that has pleats throughout the skirt but they are inverted, i.e., the pleats are folded towards the inside. The functionality of this skirt if that when movement of the legs is required, the pleats open up to allow room for movement.

Kilt Skirt

It is a wrap around skirt that is characterized one sided flat pleats and a check pattern throughout the skirt.

Narrow/Pencil Skirt

It is a skirt that is narrower at the hem as compared to that on the hips. It allows lesser room for movement of the legs. It is very popular in formal wear skirt.

Puff Ball Skirt

It is a skirt that is narrow on the waist and hem and in between the fabric is puffed, made to look like a ball.

Semi-Flared Skirt

It is a skirt that has a wider hem than the waist and the hips, giving it a little flare and comfort to the wearer.

Soft Pleat Skirt

It is a skirt that is characterized by an un-pressed roll pleat usually at the centre of the garment. It gives comfort for the wearer.

Straight Skirt

It is a skirt that is constructed by two straight panels for the front and back. It gives a slim silhouette to the wearer.

Straight Paneled Skirt

It is a skirt, similar to the straight skirt but has multiple panels to construct the front and back as opposed to just two panels in the straight skirt.

Sun-ray Pleats Skirt

It is a skirt that has pleats throughout the skirt but they widen as they run down the hem. They are permanently pressed pleats on the skirt, and there can be either fine pleats or broad pleats in the garment.

Tiered Skirt

It is a skirt that has successive horizontal panels stitched together and they increase in width as they move towards the hem.

Tiered, Pleated Skirt

It is a tiered skirt that has pleats throughout the skirt in the panels.

Wrap-around Skirt

It is a skirt that is a circular skirt and there an open edge that is tied around the body and fastened typically at the waist.

Yoke Style Skirt

It is a skirt that has a horizontal panel, usually till the hip and then vertical panels till the hem.

 
List of Fashion Skirts Discussed in the Article
 
Accordion Pleats Skirt
Bell Skirt
Casual Style Skirt
Country Style Skirt
Culottes Skirt
Draped Skirt
Fit and Flare Skirt
Flared Paneled Skirt
Flounced Skirt
Frilled Hemline Skirt
Full Skirt
Godet Skirt
Gored Skirt
Handkerchief Hemline Skirt
Inverted Pleats Skirt
Kilt Skirt
Narrow/Pencil Skirt
Puff Ball Skirt
Semi-Flared Skirt
Soft Pleat Skirt
Straight Skirt
Straight Paneled Skirt
Sun-ray Pleats Skirt
Tiered Skirt
Tiered, Pleated Skirt
Wrap-around Skirt
Yoke Style Skirt

Skirts have evolved over the years just as fashion has and will continue to evolve in the years to come. Hope you enjoyed this article!

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      Patagoniakid 

      3 weeks ago

      Nice attempt at listing types of skirts but in reality there are thousands of types including kilts, cargo skirts, swim skirts, running skirts, etc and varients is endless. You didn't mention skirts and men! Men have worn skirts throughout time far longer than women. Many were micro mini length ... Think Roman Empire centuries.

      Men are rediscovering skirts and it's a trend now. Top clothing designers say there are no reasons why men shouldn't wear skirts. It makes MORE SENSE for a male to wear a skirt than a female...no crotch binding inseams, cooler than shorts on a hot day, if short freedom of movement is outstanding.

      Of the thousands of types (styles) of available skirts some are perfect for men. There is no need for a "man's" skirt because skirts fit males and females equally.

      Here's some images to show guys can enjoy the benefits of a skirt without cross dressing to look like women: https://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/220646...

      PS: micro minis hit upper thigh, minis hit mid thigh, regular skirts hit knee length, etc.

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