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How to Style Every Type of Skirt

Create the perfect outfit with these different types of skirts.

Women in a long skirt
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Dresses tend to get most of the love when it comes to styling, well, a dressed-up look. But the right skirt can make such a chic statement, whether the vibes you're going for are romantic, glamorous, or professional.

Separates can be trickier to style, though. That's why we're breaking down every style of skirt with suggestions on how to wear them and which body types they best suit. Read on to learn it all. 

Midi skirt for women

How to style a midi skirt

The perfect balance between high and low, the midi epitomizes elegance. The length allows you to play with proportions—try styling one with an oversized sweater or blouse. You can also wear it with your favorite tee and a structured blazer, or a cropped cardigan and a tucked-in cami. Lastly, get playful with footwear. Show off fun ankle boots or embellished sandals, as the eye will be drawn down with a midi.

Great for: Anyone (including petites) who wants to add height. Find one that hits mid- calf, throw on some heels, and you'll be walking tall in no time. 

How to style a mini skirt

When it comes to skirt types, the mini is a true wardrobe star. With a youthful twist, this style can often be found in a variety of fun fabrics. Volume is the key to styling one. Balance this sleek little number with a romantic, puff-sleeve top for a fun summer aesthetic. You can also opt for a leather mini with a white button-down for a modern vibe. And a denim mini always works well with a tee—throw a blazer over it to make it more polished.

Since the mini can sometimes feel quite short, experiment with balancing how much skin you want to show—consider a long-sleeve top (which can be a lightweight fabric like linen when the weather's hot) or a little leather jacket.

Great for: Apple shapes find definition in high-waisted styles that show off their legs, while rectangles can play up their athletic shape. 

Mini skirt style with a long sleeve crop top
Maxi skirt outfit with sleeveless t-shirt

How to style a maxi skirt

The maxi skirt is one of the most transformative items in your wardrobe, as it can come across as both casual and formal. For warm days, opt for high-neck tanks in pretty fabrics such as crochet or lace and tuck them into your maxi skirt. A white tee with rolled sleeves and a statement scarf or necklace also work wonders.

Try cropped denim jackets for contrast with fancier maxi skirts, such as those covered in sequins. Maxis and heels are an easy match, but this breezy style also looks natural with more casual slides, flat sandals, and sneakers.

Great for: Tall women who can carry all that fabric. That said, maxis can be adapted to most body types. Find one that hits at or just past your ankle so that it doesn't drag on the floor, and isn't so full that it overwhelms your frame. 

How to style a pleated skirt

Whether it's a metallic maxi or a breezy midi, this skirt style is the ultimate way to show off your personal taste. Choose a mini pleated tennis skirt with a sweater for a preppy vibe, or go with a midi pleated skirt, tee, and strappy heeled sandals for date night. For a modern street-style look, wear it with statement sneakers.

Great for: Minis flounce flatteringly on apple body types, while longer styles add volume on straight frames and balance out inverted triangles

Pink shiny pleated skirt outfit with a white t-shirt and sneakers
Slip skirt with a blazers and a graphic t-shirt

How to style a slip skirt

The slip skirt is one of the best pieces for creating a cute summer silhouette. The lightweight fabric easily lends itself to pattern play. Go for an animal-print with an untucked button-down for a comfy, casual look. A puff-sleeve or sequined top adds a more formal touch, while a band tee and leather jacket paired with a slip skirt imbues a weekend ensemble with laid-back cool.

Great for: Because they're so straight, slip skirts generally flatter a rectangle frame. That said, bias-cut fabrics are always flattering on apple shapes. 

How to style a denim skirt

Easy and casual, the denim skirt is an excellent weekend go-to. Focus on mixing and match textures. A tough leather jacket is always amazing with a denim skirt, but an embellished blazer (think: velvet or sequins) or a pretty lace top are also stellar options.

Great for: As with jeans, denim skirts come in enough washes, rises, and shapes that anyone should be able to find one that flatters their silhouette. 

denim women's skirt in white
Women's a-line skirt with a collared white blouse and pointed toe pumps

How to style an A-line skirt

Since the A-line skirt is volume-heavy on the bottom, make sure whatever you wear on top is fitted or tailored, to strike a balance. Tuck in a button-down and wear a statement necklace for a cute office look. You can also opt for a high-waisted A-line skirt with a cropped sweater, or tuck in your favorite tee and belt it.

Great for: Because A-line skirts flare out over hips to complement curves, it's an excellent choice for pear-shaped bodies

How to style a pencil skirt

Since the pencil skirt is a dramatic shape all on its own, keep things simple. Long, lean pencil skirts work incredibly well with a simple blouse for the office. Or try a chunky sweater tucked into a leather pencil skirt for contrasting texture. Monochromatic dressing is also incredibly chic with a pencil skirt.

Great for: Hourglass figures whose curves are emphasized by the form-fitting shape. Stretch styles streamline pear shapes, while high-waisted ones balance inverted triangles. 

Snake skin pencil skirt with a blouse and flat pointed toe shoes