Ah, the skirt. This is by far one of the oldest types of garments in human history, and it is one that is likely to stick around for generations to come. Most modern women have at least one skirt in their wardrobe, and it's not uncommon to have a lot more. After all, this is a surprisingly versatile piece of clothing that can be used for both dressing up and dressing down (with the right accessories), and many skirts can even be worn year round.
Short, long or in-between, we've taken the time to put together a list of five great skirt styles worth knowing. Ranging from classic to modern, these styles are all well-established staples of any fashionista's clothing collection.
1. Pencil Skirt
The first pencil skirt made its debut in Christian Dior's "H-Line"collection back in 1954, and it has only strengthened in popularity over time. The skirt is marked by its long, straight, narrow cut, and it can consist of solid fabric throughout or solid at the top with a netted or mesh lower portion.
Wear the pencil skirt with a blouse and/or blazer for a professional look that slays, or try pairing it with a tucked-in graphic tee or tank for a cool, casual vibe. Shoes also greatly alter the pencil skirt's look. Pointed, close-toe heels achieve a serious, "I'm dressed to kill and am ready for anything" tone, while flats and sandals promote a more youthful, playful appearance.
2. Maxi Skirt
The New York Times announced in 2010 that the maxi skirt was making a comeback, but the truth is that it never really went away to begin with. This long, flowy skirt sits right below the natural waist and is marked by its length (usually right down to the ankles), and it has literally been around for centuries. Modern versions began surging in the 60s and 70s, and they have endured through the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
Today, the maxi skirt can be found in a wide variety of solid colors and print patterns, as well as in both closed and open slit versions. While a lot of maxi skirts are intended for daytime use (and go great with flat sandals), try dressing it up with some statement jewelry, heels and a solid-color shirt with sleeves for an evening look.
3. Mini Skirt
The mini skirt is a bit newer as far as fashion history goes, with this daringly short hemline first making appearances in the mid 1960s. It then became a symbol of rebellion, something it still wholeheartedly embodies today. This skirt is usually straight cut, and it stops about halfway down the thigh. Modern mini skirts come in a wide range of solid colors, prints and different fabrics (we're in love with this Nanushka faux leather version) , and they can be used to add some edge to any look.
4. A-Line Skirt
The A-line skirt gets its name from its shape-- narrow at the top, going straight down to a fuller bottom (like the letter "A"). Once known as the "most desired silhouette in Paris", the A-line style has evolved since its introduction in the 1950s to be one of the most versatile skirt styles today. Find it in leather, denim, cotton and a wide range of other fabrics, and go with solid colors for more serious looks while opting for colorful prints for a fun, playful appearance. We really love this skirts in warmer weather, when they can be paired with virtually any type of shoe. But if you want to try wearing one during colder seasons, try it with some tall boots.
Alcaçuz Faisca midi skirt - Yellow
Drome A-line skirt - Black
Maison Margiela zipped midi skirt - Black
Courrèges a-line mini skirt - Green
Marchesa rose print skirt - White
Sacai calligraphy print drawstring skirt - Blue
Christopher Kane neon lace kilt - Pink
5. Pleated Skirt
Pleated skirts actually go all the way back to ancient times, when they worn worn by both men and women of Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome and Nubia. Marked by their many small, vertical creases, pleated skirts have faded in and out of style ever since ancient days. Nevertheless, they have now remained popular for the better part of the past century, and they have become a versatile staple of many wardrobes. These skirts are found in a wide variety of lengths, with shorter ones being more casual and longer ones being used for both professional and everyday settings.