14 Different Types of Skirts for Women

Different Types of skirts
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We’ve all got that one friend obsessed with skirts, but do you know how many types of skirts there are? I know there’s a lot of confusion out there—I mean, when I was younger, I thought that all skirts were just called “skirts.”

But once you learn about the differences between different skirt styles, finding the perfect piece for your wardrobe becomes easy! So in this post, we will explore the many different types of skirts available today.

Since the dawn of time, people have worn skirts in various lengths, resulting in the development of numerous distinct styles of skirts.

Different types of skirts can cling closely to the body or flow freely. The waistline of a skirt can be emphasized, or the hemline can be altered.

Different Types Of Skirts

Find the design and fabric that will allow you to construct a skirt that is unique to you, complements your body, and makes a statement about your sense of style.

The list about to be presented is only the beginning of the different kinds of skirts and the available variety.

Did you know that men and women have been known to wear skirts throughout history? The kilt and the sarong are only two examples of how skirts have influenced modern fashion and dress rules.

The following is a listing of 14 different types of skirts. The length of skirts can range from extremely short to extremely long within each category of skirts.

The following is a guide on skirt lengths that will assist you in determining the style that will complement your figure the most.

1. A-lined Skirts

The A-line skirt is a full-length skirt that flares out from the waist, and it’s typically silk or satin, although cotton versions are also available.

The A-line skirt has been popular for formal occasions since its invention in 1857 when Queen Victoria wore it at her wedding to Prince Albskir.

The trumpet skirt’s popularity declined in the 1920s and 1930s due to changing fashion trends, but it has been revived recently because of its flattering fit and beautiful shape.

2. Cutaway Skirt

This style was very popular in the 1960s and can be seen in many celebrities from that era. It is also known as a godet skirt because of its distinctive leaf-shaped design at the back of the garment.

This style is flattering on almost all body types and sizes because it emphasizes your best features while hiding any flaws you may have, as compared to other different types of skirts.

3. Flared Skirt

A flared skirt is a skirt that has a hemline that’s wider at the bottom than at the waist. The width of this flare can vary, but typically, flared skirts are knee-length or longer and made of light, flowing fabric.

Flared skirts are different types of skirts that are often paired with belts or waistbands to keep them in place.

They’re also commonly worn as part of a formal dress or skirt suit ensemble—but they can also be more casual if you wear them with jeans!

4. Maxi skirt

A maxi skirt is a long skirt that is usually knee-length or longer. Maxi skirts are usually made of lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen, which makes them very breathable and comfortable to wear in the summer months. You can pair them with sandals or flats for daytime or boots for evening events or fall weather.

5. Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt, unlike other different types of skirts, is a narrow skirt that ends at or just below the knee and has a seam that runs down the front of the skirt, from the waistband to the hem. It is also known as a cigarette skirt.

The pencil skirt is a classic style and can be worn with anything from jeans to skirts, blouses, shirts, and sweaters. 

This style works well with almost any body shape because it fits close to your body but allows you to move easily while wearing it.

6. Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirts are a classic type of skirt, and they’re usually made from thicker fabric and have a wrinkle or two in the front, which gives the wearer a more “fitted” look.

Pleated skirts are generally made from sturdier fabrics like twill because they’re meant to be worn with blouses or shirts underneath them, rather than thin cotton dresses that might not be able to stand up against the pleats in front; this sets them apart from different types of skirts that on this list.

With pleated skirts, it’s also common to see belts added as accessories—you’ll often find women wearing belts with their pleated skirts because they help keep them closed and give them shape (and also match their shoes). 

If you’d prefer something less formal than a belt but still want some extra definition for your outfit, consider adding jewelry such as necklaces (particularly those with pendant accents) or even earrings!

7. Tiered Skirt

Tiered skirts, also known as ruffled skirts, are different types of skirts with ruffled hems. These types of skirts come in many different lengths and can be made from different materials.

Tiered skirts are usually knee-length or floor-length and made from light materials like cotton or silk.  

However, these can vary depending on the style you prefer. They usually have an A-line shape with layers that cascade down from the waist to the hem for an elegant look.

8. Cougar Skirt

The area below the waistband receives an additional plumpness thanks to the cowl skirt. You can customize the fullness of your skirt by cutting curved lines from three spots marked on the design.

After you have marked the specified spots and the curve, cut it out and make any necessary adjustments.

When the curve is expanded out, it forms folds draping at the skirt’s sides and adds fullness to the pattern. The cowl skirt is one of the different types of skirts that look best in fabrics with a lot of drape and movement.

9. Asymmetrical Skirt

This skirt’s design is based on the asymmetrical lines produced due to the cut of the fabric and the varying levels at which the hems are finished.

 Generally speaking, an asymmetrical skirt will have a diagonal cut across the body, with one side being shorter than the other. 

This is not the same as other types of skirts, like the high-low skirt, in which the asymmetry occurs at the front and rear of the garment.

10. A-Line Skirt

The A-line skirt is an excellent choice for women who have a pear-shaped form, which includes me! When put down flat, this skirt looks like a triangle and is typically worn to the knees.

It is an option that is simple to sew and comes out looking beautiful in most different kinds of fabric.

The A-line skirt is a figure-flattering option due to the fact that it does not cling to the hips and has a gentle flare that extends from the waist.

Due to the fact that it has a flared design, it is not necessary for it to have slits in the side or rear in order for it to walk easily.

 Because A-line skirts are typically fitting at the waist, they require shaping in the form of darts or a waistband that softly curves in the opposite direction. It’s up to you whether the waistband is low, high, or even elasticized.

11. High/Low Skirt

The high-low skirt is one of the different types of skirt that looks just what its name indicates. The effect of a high and low is created by the front of the skirt being higher than the back of the skirt. This skirt looks best when crafted from fluid, supple fabrics. 

The following garment prototypes were created using a rayon voile, which lends movement and beauty to the skirt when it is worn. 

The front and the rear of a piece of clothing might have very slight or very obvious differences. There are high-low skirts that are so short in the back that they have a train that hangs behind the wearer.

12. Gathered Skirt 

The style of the gathered skirt is one that is not difficult to replicate at all. Gathers are sewn onto the waistband of skirts constructed in this manner. Gathers are pulled up to fit onto the waistband, which determines the fullness of the skirt.

 The amount of fabric included in the pattern for the skirt also plays a role in the fullness of the skirt. A gathered skirt can be any length, from short to full length, depending on the designer’s preference.

It works best in textiles ranging from very fine to medium weight, like most of the different types of skirts.

13. Handkerchief Skirt

The handkerchief skirt is a fun skirt to wear, with points falling down as the handkerchief shapes are tied and drop down from the waist. The handkerchief shapes are attached to the waist and drop down from there. 

This appearance is accomplished by cutting it into a rectangular or square shape. If you don’t pick materials that are soft and drapey, the points on your skirt will stick out, which will add a lot of volumes that you don’t want.

14. Sarong Skirt

This skirt is an absolute necessity for any trip to the beach or for a laid-back day spent lounging by the pool. It fastens on the side and ties around the wearer’s waist, where it wraps around.

It can be manufactured in a variety of lengths and is typically constructed out of cotton or fabric created from natural fibers. 

The length of a sarong skirt can range from just above the knee to considerably further down the leg. Due to the deep slit that is made, it often reveals some of the wearer’s legs on one side when they walk.

Consider wearing a wrap skirt if you feel the need for additional coverage. Sarong Skirt is definitely one of the different types of skirts to wear for a picnic on a beach.


Remember, different types of skirts are not just for women! Men can wear them too. They are perfect for formal occasions and are great to wear with a suit or blazer.

You can also use them as part of your everyday wardrobe by adding some casual items like jeans and tee shirts underneath.

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