A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

skirt stylesThe age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory.

When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement.

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Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering!

A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning hourglass shape, high waisted and pleated or flaring mini or midi skirts will hide a chubby belly and draw some attention to those gorgeous legs.

Test Your Skirt Styles Knowledge

Be sure to test your skirt styles knowledge with the fun quiz.  Share your results if you get all the answers right!

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Accordion:

Worn at the waist, with fine pleats and a good flare. In effect, this is a circle skirt but with edge stitching or pressed-in ridges.

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 A-line:

This skirt is worn at the waist, it’s narrow at the top, lightly touches the hips and thighs whilst fanning out toward the hem. As the name implies, it forms an A shape. It's a modest and versatile style, simple to sew and flattering on most shapes.skirt styles

Asymmetrical:

Sometimes shorter at the front, long at the back; sometimes short on one side, long on one side. The idea is that it reveals some and hides some, a balance of modest and not so!

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Box pleated:

A box pleated skirt will have multiple flat double pleats (with the fabric folded down on either side). It will fan out to a mini skirt, mid or full-length skirt.

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Bubble:

This skirt fans out and is then gathered in again at the hem, creating a bubble effect. It can hide a multitude of sins in the booty area.

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Circle:

Usually made of lightweight, breezy fabric, this skirt is worn at the waist and cut in a circle. It can come in just about any length.

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Cowl:

This is a fitted skirt with pretty draping at the hips, it can be worn short, mid or full length. It has the effect of widening the hips.

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 Draped:

This is also known as a sarong skirt. Think of a full skirt that is gathered, draped or pleated to one side to make it more figure hugging.

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Godet:

Triangular pieces are set into the skirt gore seams to add fullness to a flared hem edge.

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Gypsy:

This skirt can come in various lengths, knee length, full length or mini. They are made out of strips of different fabric and often create a patchwork effect with many colors being used for a real gypsy lady vibe.

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Knife pleated:

A popular option for school uniforms and high street fashion; this skirt has more than one pleat, often many, all facing one direction: left or right.

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Layered:

This fairy-like style is created from various layers of irregular, superimposed fabric. A great option for kids or ladies who are young at heart.

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Mermaid:

The name comes from the fact that it’s shaped like a mermaid's tail. It hugs the form from the waistline to the knees, below the knee it fans out. It has a lengthening and very sophisticated effect and is usually seen in evening wear, wedding dresses and in certain ethnic traditional dress.

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Mini:

Ah, what would we do without this one? A mini is defined as any skirt which leaves the knees revealed. How short you wear yours depends entirely on your taste and confidence, your intention (wink-wink) and the occasion.

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Paneled:

Usually worn from the waist and flaring out to below the knee, mid-calf or full length. This skirt will have multiple vertical seams or gores, hence the name: paneled.

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 Pegged:

This is a pleated skirt which tapers at the bottom, giving the effect of a curvier form, although it's also a good option for hiding certain curves in the hip area, as long as they're not too large. This skirt will usually end at the knee and may or may not have a yoke waist.

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Pencil:

This figure hugging skirt is popular in office wear…sexy whilst being modest at the same time. They lengthen the figure, running from the waist down to mid-calf or just below the knee. The effect is one of sophistication and elegance but you'll need to have the figure to pull this one off.

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Peplum:

Usually a pencil skirt with a wide frill or ruffle attached to the waist which is known as a peplum, you may also see a peplum at the bottom of a bodice, especially in office wear or high street fashions.

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 Ruffled:

Made of multiple circular layers, this skirt will add serious curves to a slim figure.

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Single Front Pleat:

As the name implies, this skirt will have a single pleat in front, for no reason except…it can!

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Trumpet:

This is a gradually flaring skirt but it flares out like a trumpet, with a curve instead of straight out like an A.

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Tube:

Similar to the pencil skirt, only this one will be made of stretchy, figure hugging material and tend to end just below the knees.

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Tulip:

This skirt usually falls to the knees, its folded over in front and slightly pleated, giving the effect of tulip petals, hence the name!

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Tulle:

Made of flaring layers to add fullness, often ruffled and stiffened: this skirt is made out of tulle and a mix of other fabrics and sometimes just many layers of tulle. The tulle might be on top or underneath the other fabric and it will be ruffled to add texture and body. The tulle fabric might be replaced with nylon net or any fabric that will give the same textured effect. You’ve seen this on ballerinas and on Casey in Sex and the City.

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Wrap:

These fasten around the waist with a button or tie and wrap around the thighs and waist, often revealing a leg through the slit. They can be worn at any length for a very feminine, laid-back, summery look.

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Yoke Waist:

A fitted band at the top of this skirt takes the place of an elasticised waistband, so this will close with a zipper. The fitted band may have a v-shaped or straight appearance and the skirt will flare out from beneath it.

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19 Responses to A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

  1. tussymussy says:

    Scored an 8. T’was fun but as an oldie seen many fashions in skirts come and go.

  2. Ashly says:

    I missed one and I guess I had never known what the name of the gypsy skirt was but had seen it before. That was the one I got wrong.

  3. Dianne Padich says:

    Nice to know that I know my skirt styles. 8 out of 8. Very nicely done.

  4. Pamela McCandless says:

    Wanted to take quiz, but it won’t load?
    I have tried reloading the page, closing window then reopening it, putting it in different browser, still won’t load. I delete my cache daily, hummmm?

  5. Paula Leonard says:

    Loved the little quiz but would have like to have a summary of which looks best on what body type.

    • Sandra Mundt says:

      This list is so comprehensive that what looks best on different figures would have to be another 1 or more posts. But I do agree that knowing what is most likely to look best on your figure narrows down the choices a little (sometimes a lot). I know from experience but some people need help.

  6. Jeanette Delport says:

    I got 8 out of 8 thanks. Would you allow us to print this please for our fashion and fabrics class at school? i am sure my clever teenagers can figure out how if you allow!

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Jeanette, yes, please go ahead. I’m glad to see you have teenagers learning to sew. That’s great to hear.

  7. Nuu-chan says:

    I’m definitely someone “who’s proud to call herself a woman”, but I do not own a single skirt. I don’t like having to pay attention to stuff like “sitting like a lady” all day, so I prefer trousers. Now that I started sewing I’ve started to wish I’d like skirts, because they are just soooo much easier to sew than a pair of well fit trousers!

  8. Toni says:

    What a fabulous list of skirt types! Very comprehensive, thank you!

    Note I’m REALLY looking forward to a tutorial on making one of those “Carrie” tulle skirts. ?

  9. Jen in Oz says:

    Godget? What the heck is that?

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Jen, should read “Godet”. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Faye Egger says:

      it’s French meaning a triangle piece is inserted to add drape/flair.

    • Roch Caro says:

      Not ‘godget’ but godet, which is a triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to give ease or flare. A very common godet piece is the fabric insert in a pair of 501Levis type blue jeans legs to make continuity of fabric for a skirt.

  10. Sandyerdos says:

    7 out of 8 that was fun

  11. Dottie K says:

    This was fun. Got an 8. boo hoo LOL

  12. Karen Boyd says:

    I got them all right and it was fun. But the answer choices covered the skirts so it was hard to see the details. Thanks for the fun and the review of styles. It is going to become more important than ever for women to know this information if most shopping will be online.

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