Types of SKIRTS (I counted 20+!)

Learn about the different styles and types of skirts.Know about the different skirt lengths as well.

A skirt is just a tube shaped garment hanging down from the waist. But it is a very versatile tube which makes the wearer sophisticated, feminine, flirty, warm, stylish, prim & proper, daring – depending on its make and model.

I bet that you will find at least one skirt in every girl’s wardrobe – atleast as a petticoat or as a divided skirt or a half slip or whatever. You cannot ignore this piece of fabric sewn into many different styles and types to suit the body shape and the fashion style of the times. 

After you have explored the different types of skirts do not forget to checkout which skirt would suit you the best as per your bodyshape or the easiest skirt pattern or the 9 skirt lengths and their names and the different free skirt patterns 

Types of skirts

1. A line skirt

This skirt has a slight flare which makes this one look like a capital letter A. Hence the name A line skirt. This is one of the most common and popular silhouettes among skirts.

Checkout the tutorial to sew a simple Aline skirt , and a little more detail about the A-line silhouette.

Aline skirt - different types of skirts- a skirt that is shaped like capital alphabet A

2. Fitted skirt (Pencil skirt/Tube skirt)

As the name indicates this is a form fitting skirt from waist to the hips usually with the help of darts.

Pencil skirt is in this category. Tube skirt is a fitted skirt made in stretchy fabric. This is a very figure flattering skirt.

Checkout the tutorial to sew an easy pencil skirt and the best tops to wear with a pencil skirt

Fitted skirt- a skirt which fits close to the body

3. Gathered skirt / Full skirt

This skirt is a simple skirt gathered at the waistline. Another name is Bouffant skirt. 

what is this gathered skirt called - fullness is gathered at the waistband of the skirt

It is usually a straight piece of fabric with the top edge gathered either with an elastic waistband or a drawstring waistband or a plain fitted waistband.

A bell skirt has slight gathers at the waistline with pronounced hem line, standing stiff by using crinoline petticoats inside. A hoop skirt is a gathered skirt with the fullness at the hem pronounced using crinoline or rings inside.

A prairie skirt is a gathered skirt with a ruffled portion attached to the hem.

Drindle skirt is a gathered skirt with the gathers fitted into a flat waistband. Checkout the tutorial to sew a Dirndl skirt and the one to sew an easy elastic waist gathered skirt. 

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4. Mini Skirt

A Mini skirt is a short skirt, approximately 10 to 17 inches in length. Other names given to this shirt are bondage skirt, Pelmet skirt. A Micro Mini is an even shorter dress, typically about 10 inches or smaller. You can learn more about Mini skirt here and make a mini skirt from the mini skirt pattern here.

skirt names - mini skirt- short skirt.

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5. Flared skirt

name the skirt style -flared skirt

This is a skirt which is quite fitting at the waistline and hipline but has a flare at the hemline.

You can have this skirt  with a flounced hem – this is a circular ruffle added to the hem. Check out the tutorial to sew a flounced hem skirt here.

6. Draped Skirt

A draped skirt has fullness gathered or draped on one side.

It is also called a Sarong draped skirt. Sarong is a square piece of fabric which can be wrapped around the body to make a skirt. A Sarong drape skirt is a sarong wraped around the body and worn like a skirt. 

draped skirt

7. Layered skirt

In this type of skirt layers of ruffled fabric are arranged one on top of the other  to form a skirt. layered skirt

Checkout  this tutorial to make an easy ruffled skirt with an old jeans and some fabric

how to make a skirt from jeans and fabric

8. Circle skirt

This is a very full skirt which is cut from half, or full circular pieces of fabrics. The fabric piece of the skirt will resemble a circle with a hole which is why the name. Another name is a swing skirt. A short circle skirt may be called a Skating skirt. A popular circle skirt with a black poodle applique is called the Poodle skirt.

Checkout the posts – circle skirt calculator; tutorial to sew circle skirts or the tutorial to sew a skater skirt

circle skirt

9. Gored skirt

This is a paneled skirt with sections of fabric giving fullness to an A line silhouette. A petticoat skirt pattern which is given here is a panelled skirt.

gored skirt - skirt name

10. Godet skirt

A godet is triangular piece of fabric inserted into the body of the skirt to give fullness.
godet skirt

11. Trumpet skirt

A trumpet shaped skirt is fitted near the waist and till the bottom hem and then flares outside near the hem. A mermaid skirt is a trumpet shaped skirt. Another name is a fish tail skirt. Checkout the tutorial to sew a Mermaid skirt here 
skirt styles -trumpet skirt

12. Wrap skirt

This is a one piece skirt which is wrapped around the body, overlapping and fastened with the help of ties or a button closure. Check out the tutorial to draft and sew a free size fits all reversible wrap skirt and a stylish asymmetrical wrap skirtwrap skirt- a skirt with one side seam open and which is fastened on the waist with overlapping edges

13. Divided skirt

A divided skirt looks like a skirt with wide flares but is actually divided into two legs like pants 

dividedskirt - a skirt which is sewn like a pant but looks like a skirt from outside

Checkout this tutorial to sew a divided skirt

culottes sewing pattern

14. Pleated skirt

This type of skirt has pleats or a single pleat arranged around the waistband or a yoke. Inverted pleated skirt, Knife-pleated skirt, Box pleated skirt are different types of pleated skirts. An Accordion skirt is a pleated skirt made of machine pleated fabric.

Read more about the different types of pleated skirts here.

types of skirts-pleated skirts - a skirt made of several pleats

15. Asymmetrical Hem skirt

These are skirts with a hem which looks asymmetrical ; A Handkerchief skirt is one, which looks like you are holding down a handkerchief pinching its center, with its corners hanging down.

Check out the post on Asymmetrical hemline to know more about this flattering style and also the pattern to sew an asymmetrical flare skirt.

different types of skirts-asymmetrical hem - uneven length at the hem

16. Bubble Skirt

This is a gathered skirt with a puffy silhouette just above the hem with the hem gathered (going in) with an elastic casing or a band.

many kinds of skirts-bubble skirts - a skirt which bubbles at the hem

17. Balloon Skirt

The balloon skirt has a fitted waistline and hipline but the fullness at the hem is gathered into a band just like a bubble skirt. 

18. Yoke Skirt

 These are skirts with two parts to them – the yoke above and the skirt below. The yoke may be of different types – round, asymmetrical or triangular. The part below may be gathered or pleated.

This skirt is also called the hip hugger as the yoke fits around the hip. Checkout the post on sewing a yoke skirt yoke skirt - skirt with a yoke at the waist

19. Tulip skirt

This skirt as the name suggests has the shape of an inverted tulip flower. It is a skirt with overlapping panels in the front with an irregular hem because of the way it overlaps. The skirt is wider at the middle than the hem or waist.

tulip skirt - a skirt which look like the petals of a tulip flower

20. Tiered skirt

types of skirts -tiered skirt - a skirt with various tiers

You can learn how to make a tiered skirt in the post on DIY Gypsy skirt

Skirt names as per length

Skirts are also classified according to their lengths. Starting from short length, they are called micro mini, mini, above knee length, knee length, cocktail, midi, maxi, evening length and floor length.

names of skirts according to their length - micro mini, mini, above knee length, knee length, cocktail, midi, maxi, evening length and floor length.

Depending on the taste of the person wearing a skirt or the style prevalent or even the cultural influence on the wearer or the body shape of the wearer, the height of the skirt can vary greatly.

  • Micro mini – This skirt length ends 1 inch below your bottom. Another way to look at it is the length of the skirt itself – very short at about 8-10 inch.
  • Mini -This skirt length ends at mid thigh
  • Above knee length
  • Knee length
  • Cocktail length ( Street length) This length ends anywhere between just below the knee to above mid calf.
  • Midi – This skirt length is somewhere between the knee and the ankle
  • Long or Maxi skirt – This skirt length is between right below mid calf to lower calf some 10 inches from the floor
  • Formal Evening or full length skirt -This skirt length is seen 1 inch above the floor.
  • Floor length – Apparently grazes the floor

You can learn more about skirt length here. And the Different names given to hemlines here.

Related posts : Different types of dresses; Different types of tops; Different types of pants; Different types of jeans; Different types of underwear

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

46 thoughts on “Types of SKIRTS (I counted 20+!)”

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  4. One skirt style I did not see is pulled up in the front center, perhaps ruched along the center seam. I think it is a beautiful style with the loosely gathered front creating loose multiple folds curving from waist or just below to side seam. The hemline therefore has a center point from which the hem drapes toward the sides. Is there a name for this?

    • Hi
      I know the one you are talking about – it is slashed in the middle center front and gathered and then joined together. I do not know the name but I would call it a ruched skirt.(see ruching) . Do you really “sews for wife”? : )

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