Style guide: the best way to wear different skirts

There are so many different types of skirt on the high street, ranging from the thigh-split midis to pleated minis and would you believe I didn’t own a single one?? I’m more of a party dresses or smart trousers kind of girl. I still couldn’t believe that I didn’t own a single one  and knew it was about time I freshened up my wardrobe and put this to rights! It got me thinking though, with so many styles  how are we meant to know how to perfectly style each type?

I decided to make everyones life much easier and put together my favourite skirt styles and the best ways to wear each one using shoes, accessories and a range of cute tops.

Zara tapestry tassel skirt

Accordion, mid-length skirt

The key to rocking an accordion skirt is making sure it fits perfectly. You want it to sit comfily at your waist, but also hang in a way that the pleats don’t look stretched. These skirts look great if you want to downplay bigger thighs and hips, as the pleats will create an illusion that slims down the lower half of your body.

Make your accordion skirt as dressed up or down as you like. For a chic look, go for a v-neck polka dot top with cap sleeves or for something more casual, try a graphic tee and cropped jacket. Definitely something I love to style in autumn/winter!

Asymmetric skirt

These skirt styles look amazing at a summertime event. Cut short at the front with a longer hemline at the back, the asymmetric skirt is perfect for showing some leg without revealing too much. Avoid going for asymmetric tops with this skirt style — it’s too much — instead create a cool contrast by pulling on a simple cami or square-neck, going out top.

Go for hoop earrings and a bangle then choose whether you want to rock flats or heels, depending on the tone of the occasion.

A-line skirt

This skirt elegantly flares out just slightly from the waistband for a gorgeous drop that suits all body types — especially pear-shape ladies. A-line skirts wonderfully highlight the tiniest part of your waist, so I recommend flaunting this outline with an off-the-shoulder bodysuit or simple crop top.

To complement the intrinsic elegance of the A-line skirt, keep your shades subtle but stand-out — think forest green, royal blue or deep purple. Then, match with block heels, a clutch and just a few pieces of jewelry.

Denim skirt

The ultimate beach girl, casual-clothing staple; every girl needs a cute denim skirt to get her by during summer. You can get these in a range of hem lengths and denim washes — so go with what you feel comfortable in.

A great way to work the denim style is keep it laid-back. Think casual, crew-neck tees, cool graphics, fun colors and quirky prints. Pair with a pair of white sneakers, wear your hair in a messy bun and keep jewelry to a minimum. If the event suits, wear a cap or straw hat — ideal for days at the beach or just hanging out.

Gypsy skirt

The gypsy skirt is a timeless female fashion piece. Long, floaty and fun; all body shapes look great in this skirt style. But how do you perfectly flaunt it in 2018?

The gypsy skirt has a Sixties/Seventies look that you need to get on board with. Go for psychedelic colors like bright oranges, greens, yellows and pinks and pair with retro fabrics like velvet and chiffon. Tassels are obviously a great addition to a top for this outfit and bell sleeves look amazing with gypsy skirts, promising that you’ll embody the Sixties/Seventies vibe perfectly. Finalize the ideal gypsy skirt outfit with chunky bangles, mood rings, hoop earrings, and sandals!

High-waist, pencil skirt

For work events and formal occasions, there’s nothing gets your mentally and physically prepared like a high-waisted pencil skirt. Flattering and easy to style, choose this in a neutral shade — like beige, black or grey — and wear with a three-quarter sleeve dress shirt.

Less formal attire needed? Trumpet-sleeve tops create an eye-catching contrast with the fitted style of a pencil skirt, while the high-waist feature lets you combine this style with cropped tops without feeling too exposed. Accessorize depending on the level of formality: a few simple pieces for a professional event, and bigger pieces with coloured stones for more informal occasions. Ankle-strap heels always look amazing with this skirt style.

Sarong skirt

Tied at the waist and often made from cotton, the sarong is every girl’s must-have beach piece. With this skirt style, I say the louder and bolder the better. Go for animal, floral or geometric prints in bright and cheery colors and match with a loose-fit top or tank top.

What other footwear can you match with these apart from sandals and wedges?! Slip on a pair of gladiator sandals during days on the sand, then opt for espadrille wedges in faux suede when the sun sets over the sea. You will want to keep accessories like jewelry to a minimum with this skirt style — but why not make the most of straw hats and cute shades instead?


One of 2018’s biggest fashion crazes, the skort — or scooter skirt — merges shorts and skirts into one impressive clothing piece. Usually sitting at your mid-thigh with an asymmetric appearance, the skort is no longer a skirt restricted to casual settings, which means you can flaunt it the next time you head out for dancing and partying with your girlfriends.

All female body types can rock a skort effortlessly. Go for a design with a frill and pair with a long-sleeve, chiffon shirt or go for a clean-cut style that you can wear with a sweetheart neckline tee. If you want to really rock this fashion trend, pull on a plain, netral-shade v-neck top to draw people’s eye-line to your skort. Everything from wedges and pumps to sneakers and stilettos look incredible with a skort — so don’t hold back.

What’s your favourite way to style a skirt?

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