Skirts have been around for a long time. So much so that there are now over 25 different types of skirts and skirt styles to choose from. Here’s what you need to know about the different skirt types and names.

The different types of skirts. It also includes various styles of skirts.
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A-Line Skirt

A-line skirt types start small at the waist and extend outward at the bottom end of the skirt (the hem). It’s called an A-line because the skirt is shaped similar to the letter A.

Asymmetrical Skirt

Asymmetrical skirts have different lengths. For example, these styles of skirts might have a short front and long back.

Bell Shaped Skirt

A bell skirt is exactly what it sounds like it is. It’s a skirt style that’s made to look like a bell. This skirt flares out to the sides.

Bubble Skirt

Bubble skirt styles are puffed out at the hem giving them the resemblance of bubbles. Some types of bubble skirts are pleated while others are not.

Bustled Skirts

Have you ever seen a skirt that had bunched up the fabric to the back or front? These types of skirts are what we call bustled skirts.

Broomstick Skirt

Broomstick skirts are one of the most popular types of long skirts. They are usually pleated from the waist all the way down to the hem.

Circle Skirts

Circle skirts have a round look and are not puffy or straight. Some styles are pleated and some or not. You normally see these types of skirts on dancers.

However, circle skirts can also be short. Here’s an example of a pleated circle skirt that’s also short with buttons.

Denim Skirts

Much like sweaters, hoodies, and pants, there are also denim skirts. Just like other types of denim clothing, denim skirts come in a variety of styles and cuts.

Dirndl Dress

A Dirndl is a traditional dress worn in some parts of Austria. Most of them are knee-length and feature printed patterns.

Flared Skirt

These skirts jut out at the hem and move/flow as you move around. They are more formal skirts than others.

Godet Skirts

godet is an extra piece of fabric in the shape of a circular sector which is set into a garment, usually a type of dress or skirt.

Godet (sewing) – Wikipedia

Gored Skirt

The gored skirt is a type of A-line skirt with many different triangular panels sewn together. Unlike traditional A-line skirts, which are made from only a front and back panel, gored skirts have a softer fit around the hips and create a loose, flowing bell shape at the hem.

How to Make a Gored Skirt | eHow

High Waist Skirt

The difference between this type of skirt and the other different types of skirts is that the waist is higher and wider than other skirt types. High waist skirts can be short or long.

Tiered Skirts

Tiered skirts have several layers or tiers of material sewn into each other to form an elegant skirt.

Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt is a long skirt or skirt part, on a coat or dress, ending below the middle of the calf but above the ankle.

Mermaid Skirt

Any of the different types of skirts which have a long tail similar to that of a mermaid. The example below is of a black mermaid skirt. Perfect for Goth.

Mini Skirt

There’s no explanation needed for this one, right? But, if I must, I’d say that it’s a short skirt.

Micromini Skirt

microminiskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with its hemline at the upper thigh. Let’s just say it’s much shorter than the traditional mini skirt.

Peasant Skirt

Peasantstyle skirts often were loosely woven, using such natural fabrics as linen or soft, combed cotton. They featured solid colors; earth tones such as brown, tan, white, and ivory were especially popular.

Peasant Look | Encyclopedia.com

Pencil Skirt

Pretty sure, like me, that you’ve seen many a sexy secretary in any rom-com. Pencil skirts are straight, narrow and skin fitted skirts.

Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirts have many different styles. For example, there are narrow pleats, wide pleated skirts, they can be short skirts or long skirts with pleats.

Poodle Skirts

Poodle skirt styles have the signature design of a poodle sewn into the material. The color of the poodle usually contrasts with that of the skirt itself.

Sarong Skirt

These types of skirts are made to look like a scarf. Sarong skirts or wraps are mostly seen on women in tropical climates and most likely on or headed to the beach or poolside.

Skater Skirts

Skater skirts are short skirts that fall just above the knee. Most skater skirts are high waist skirts and it’s the kind of skirt that you would see on female skaters.

Skorts

What’s in-between shorts and a skirt? A skort of course! On the outside, they look like skirts but underneath the skirt is a pair of shorts. Think of female tennis players. They wear skorts.

Straight Skirts

Straight skirts are any variety of skirts that run all the way down in length (short or long) without any pleats, puffiness, or other modification. They do look like pencil skirts, however, the difference is that they are not as close fitted. Though, there’s a lot of overlap between the two.

Trouser Skirts

A trouser skirt which is not a type of skirt and is actually a type of pants are:

A pair of pants that usually falls between the knees and the ankles and is cut to resemble a skirt.

Trouser skirt – definition of Trouser skirt by The Free Dictionary

Tulip Skirts

Bubble dress/skirt, (also called tulip skirt or balloon skirt) is a voluminous skirt whose hem is tucked back under to create a “bubble effect” at the bottom.

Skirt – Wikipedia

Tutu

The name of a type of skirt worn by a ballerina (mostly). Tutus are made of tulle, a thin material. There are some tutus that use nylon or gauze, or another veil-like material as well.

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