Skirts have been around for centuries and different types of skirts have evolved as the length changes or the fullness of a skirt varies. Skirt styles can be figure-hugging or voluminous. Skirts can emphasize a waistline or change the hemline.
Make a skirt your own by searching for the right pattern and fabric to create the perfect skirt for your figure and a fashion statement. The following list is just the beginning of the types of skirts and variety available.
Did you know that skirts have been worn by both men and women! From the kilt to the sarong, skirts have made an impact on modern fashion and dress codes.
Types of Skirts
Listed here are twenty -one different types of skirts. Within each category of skirts, the length may vary from micro-mini to full.
#1 – Miniskirt
An iconic skirt associated with the 1960s, and as the name implies, it is a very short skirt. Dress designer Mary Quant made this skirt popular. It is economical to make as it uses very little fabric. Mini skirts are traditionally fitted but can also be flared.
#2 – A-line skirt
The A-line skirt is a great skirt for the pear-shaped figure. This skirt is usually knee-length and forms a triangular shape when laid flat. It is an easy to sew option and makes up nicely in most fabric types.
The A-line skirt flares out gently from the waist and does not cling to the hips making it a flattering skirt option. Because of its flared shape, it does not need slits in the side or back in order to easily walk in.
#3 – Pencil skirt
Pencil skirts have become the favored option for women in the professional and business world. These types of skirts are cut straight down to the desired length and forms a rectangle when laid flat. Some may also taper inwards at the knee. If it is not made from stretch fabric, it will generally need a slit at the back or side.
#4 – Circular skirt
The circular skirt, sometimes known as the skater skirt, is cut in a circle. The fabric is attached to a waistband that sits exactly on the wearer’s waist. The skirt forms a circle when it is laid flat.
The circular skirt takes a fair amount of fabric. It can be made is all sorts of lengths from long and flowing to short and sassy. The circular skirt makes a great skirt for active outdoor wear and is often used for tennis skirts.
#5 – Pleated Skirt
The pleated effect of this skirt varies with the size of the pleats. Knife pleats that sit flush with the body of the skirt are flattering. Pleated skirts are worn in different lengths and with different size pleats.
The pleats follow a pattern, once the size of the pleat is decided, the same size is followed to complete the skirt.
#6 – Gathered skirt
The gathered skirt is a very straightforward style to follow. These types of skirts are gathered onto the waistband. The fullness of the skirt is determined by the amount of fabric in the skirt part of the pattern and the gathers pulled up to fit onto the waistband.
#7 – Tiered and layered skirts
These skirts are similar in the effect they create. Layers of fabric are used to create fullness and ‘swing’ to the skirt. Tiered skirts are layers joined together while layered skirts may have the layers free to give a ruffled and frilly look. Layered skirts are often used for dancing and the Spanish or gypsy look that is created.
#8 – High waisted skirt
The main feature of this skirt is the high waistband. The fullness of the skirt is attached to this band and it is usually a decorative part of this style.
#9 – Box pleat skirt
The box pleat skirt is a variation of the pleat types of skirts. A box pleat is made by allowing the two folds of the pleat to meet each other and form the box part of the pleat. The same pleat pattern is continued round the skirt.
#10 – Wrap skirt
Wrap skirts are very flattering as they wrap around your figure and tie or fasten at the waist. Wrap skirts come in different lengths and fit any occasion.
#11 – Peplum skirt
The basic skirt, of this style, is the pencil skirt. The peplum is an added flare attached to the waist. It is a very decorative style of skirt. The peplum is close to a circular shape and the bias cut helps with the flared effect.
#12 -Tulip skirt
The tulip skirt is based on a straight skirt design, but with an irregular hem edge. This gives the skirt the appearance of a tulip design.
#13 – Godet and gored skirts
Godet and gored skirts are full of extra flare and movement. The godet is a triangular shape of fabric inserted into a panel in the skirt.
Gores are the panels of the skirt that have been cut with extra flare. The flare may begin from thigh-length or knee-length to give extra fullness to the skirt.
#14 – Mermaid or fishtail skirt
The mermaid or fishtail skirt gives the wearer an hourglass shape and the tail piece flares out at the bottom of the skirt. These types of skirts are often used for wedding gowns.
#15 – High/low skirt
The high/low skirt is exactly how its name describes it. The front of the skirt is higher than the back creating the high and low effect.
#16 – Asymmetrical skirt
The design of this skirt relies on the asymmetrical lines created by the cut of the fabric and the different levels of the hems.
#17 – Bubble skirt
The bubble skirt puffs out at the hem because the fabric of the hem is gathered onto a band instead of a hem. This band is kept under the skirt so the top of the skirt ‘bubbles’ over the band.
#18 – Cowl skirt
The cowl skirt adds extra fullness to the area just under the waistband. The fullness is created by cutting curved lines from three points marked on your skirt pattern. Mark the designated points and the curve and then cut and alter accordingly.
The curve when opened out adds fullness to the pattern and creates folds that drape at the sides of the skirt. The cowl skirt is suitable for soft flowing fabrics.
#19 – Sarong skirt
This skirt is a must-have for a holiday on the beach or for a casual day by the pool. It wraps around the wearer at the waist and ties at the side. It can be made in different lengths and is usually made of cotton fabric.
#20 – Yoke skirt
Using a yoke effect at the top and on the waistband creates a slimming look for the yolk skirt. The yolk hugs the figure and the skirt is gathered or eased onto the yolk to complete the design.
#21 – Handkerchief skirt
The handkerchief skirt is a fun to wear skirt with points hanging down as the handkerchief shapes are attached and drop down from the waist.
Types of Skirts – In Conclusion
Churchill once said, with reference to skirts and good speeches, that a speech, like a skirt should be ‘long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to create interest.’
With this in mind, and all the interesting skirt styles available, it is easy to see why a skirt is always going to create an interesting fashion statement.