5 skirts every woman needs in her wardrobe

As the original published on 26 April 2017


No pair of trousers, no matter how skinny, can ever exude the same effortless femininity the way a skirt does. It’s no wonder, then, that women around the globe have long considered the skirt a wardrobe essential. Available in a variety of lengths ranging from short miniskirts to maxis that touch the floor, there’s bound to be one for every occasion. All one needs to do, is dress it up or down with the right top, shoes and accessories.

While some skirt styles tend to flatter certain body types better than others, it’s still useful to own at least one in every type. After all, you never know when you might need that midi skirt for a formal meeting, or a pencil skirt that is equal parts chic and work-appropriate. And considering the blazing summer heat, it doesn’t hurt to own a miniskirt or two, so your legs won’t feel like they’re trapped in a furnace.

Conscious of how essential the skirt is to the everyday woman, fashion brands are constantly rolling out designs decorated with eye-catching prints, playful patterns, and unusual fabrics. If you’re planning a wardrobe update sometime soon, here are 5 skirt types that you should own.

1. Miniskirts


Show off your legs in an adorable miniskirt, such as this short and sweet Jason Wu Bubbled Tweed Boucle option that will match with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. With a hem that ends above the knees, it’ll keep you cool for the summer.


(Photo Credit: Jason Wu)

2. Maxi skirt


If longer skirts are more your style, try a maxi skirt, which typically ends at the ankle or below. Pair it with a tank top and some funky accessories for a boho-chic vibe. While maxis are more flattering for taller ladies, petite women can still rock the look with ankle-length options. An example is this white Missoni Knitted Maxi Skirt, which has an elasticated waistband and intricate knit patterns.


(Photo Credit: Missoni)

3. Midi skirt


If you can’t make up your mind between a mini or a maxi, there’s always a midi skirt, which is an in-between option that ends at mid-calf. This style looks best on taller ladies, as it runs the risk of overwhelming a small frame and making legs look shorter. Our pick is this Valentino Guipure Rebrode Skirt, which comes in an eye-catching crimson hue and cut-out floral motifs that’ll add pizzazz to any ensemble.


(Photo Credit: Valentino)

4. Pencil skirt


Whether you’re a working woman or otherwise, a pencil skirt is a great piece to have in your closet as it flatters most women’s bodies. Relatively tight and figure-hugging, it usually falls to or covers the knees – making it appropriate for the office and formal occasions alike. Pair this geometric patterned Marc Jacobs Tweed Pencil Skirt with a plain T-shirt for an outfit that’ll take you from work to play.


(Photo Credit: Marc Jacobs)

5. A-line skirt


This evergreen piece is named after its “A” shape — which fits at the hips before gradually widening towards the hem. Available in various lengths, it is appropriate for many occasions. Match a denim shirt with this Max Mara flared jacquard skirt — which features a pleated black and white print — for a hip yet office-appropriate outfit.


(Photo Credit: Max Mara)


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