Can You Identify These Skirt Styles Through the Ages?

By: Jane Andrews
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3 min
A-line This type of skirt is named for its resemblance to which letter?
A
A-line skirts are fitted at the waist and flare out evenly as they reach the hemline, resembling the shape of the capital letter "A." A universally flattering shape, they can be thigh, knee-. calf- or ankle-length.
B
C
D

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Poodle skirts These skirts were extremely popular in the 1950s. Do you know what they were called?
Kitten skirts
Puffy skirts
Poodle skirts
Made of felt or wool, these wide swing skirts feature a decorative appliqué on the front, often in the shape of a poodle (hence the name). Created by American designer Juli Lynne Charlot in 1947, these playful skirts became a must-have item for teenage girls in the 1950s.
Puppy skirts

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Mermaid What's the name of this long, tight-fitting skirt?
Pencil
Peplum
Draped
Mermaid
Like a mermaid's tail, this hourglass-shaped skirt is wide at the top, tight and narrow around the knees and flared at the bottom. It's also sometimes referred to as a fishtail skirt.

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Pencil This type of skirt has been an office wardrobe essential since the 1950s. What's it called?
Wrap
Tap
Pencil
Long and slim (like a pencil!), these fitted skirts typically have hemlines that fall above or just below the knee. Originally designed by Christian Dior in 1954, they can be worn either as a separate piece of clothing or as part of a suit.
Tulle

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Accordion Do you know this style of skirt, which is named for a musical instrument?
Accordion
This type of full-circle skirt features narrow, evenly spaced pleats pressed into the fabric. The folds are widest at the hem and become narrower by the waist, creating a fluid, flared shape.
Piano
Flute
Harmonica

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Bubble Can you tell us what this style of poofy skirt is called?
Bouncy
Bubble
Short and statement-making, bubble skirts feature material that's gathered at the waistline to create a voluminous, bubble-like shape. They're also sometimes referred to as balloon skirts.
Big
Bunchy

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Mini What's the name of this sexy skirt, which became popular in London in the 1960s?
Miniskirt
While short skirts existed before the 1960s, the term "miniskirt" was not coined until then. With a hemline often reaching the upper thigh, the miniskirt became a staple of Swinging Sixties fashion.
Midi skirt
High-waisted skirt
Schoolgirl skirt

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Maxi What do you call a long skirt like this one that reaches the feet?
Maxi skirt
Long, loose and billowy, maxi skirts flatter a wide range of figures. They're comfortable, versatile and can be dressed up or down. Pair them with a flirty tank top in the summer or a chunky knit sweater in the winter.
Midi skirt
Miniskirt
Lengthy skirt

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Broomstick Do you know what you call this type of maxi skirt?
Mop
Flop
Broomstick
Broomstick skirts are full, usually ankle length and pleated down to the hem. Slightly gathered, they usually feature bright colors and patterns, and have comfortable drawstring or elastic waistbands.
Candlestick

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Skort What's the name for this hybrid of a skirt and shorts?
Culotte
Tennis skirt
Skort
A skort is essentially a miniskirt with an attached pair of shorts. They're popular in women's sports such as tennis and field hockey, and they are often incorporated into athletic uniforms for girls.
Skot

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Tulip This type of skirt is named for a flower. Do you know what it's called?
Daisy
Rose
Marigold
Tulip
Short, full at the hips and narrow at the hem, this style resembles and an upside-down tulip. Tulip skirts sometimes feature irregular hemlines and/or draped, overlapping panels in the front.

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Tutu These skirts are often made of tulle and worn by ballerinas. What are they called?
Wrap
Tiered
Tutu
While tulle is the material typically used in ballet, tutus can be made from a range of materials, including nylon, gauze, tarlatan and muslin. They can be made from one uniform piece of material or numerous strands pulled together at the waistline.
Flared

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Midi How would you define a midi skirt?
A skirt with a hemline above the knee
A skirt with a hemline between the knee and ankle
As the name suggests, a midi skirt has a length between that of a miniskirt and a maxi skirt. Most midi skirts have hems that fall midway down the calf, somewhere between the knee and ankle.
A skirt with an adjustable hemline
A skirt that's shorter than a mini skirt

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Wrap Can you name this simple but stylish skirt, which has no zippers or buttons?
Wrap
This type of skirt is wrapped around the body, usually once or twice, and secured with a tie. Wrap skirts typically fall below the knee and are made from soft, lightweight fabrics.
Pull-on
Slip
Straight

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Tiered What do you call this type of long, layered skirt?
Tiered
Sometimes called gypsy skirts, tiered skirts are usually knee- or floor-length and have a sweeping, A-line shape. They have horizontal layers of fabric and often feature ruffled hemlines.
Tall
Flowy
Flower

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Hoop This type of skirt was popular during the Victorian era. What's it called?
Barrel
Hoop
Worn as undergarments, Victorian hoop skirts featured stiffening agents (such as steel, whalebone or rope) that were sewn directly into the fabric to hold up long skirts. Today, they usually feature nylon hoops and are often worn under wedding gowns.
Circle
Umbrella

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Culotte Do you know the name of this funky and flowy skirt/pant combo?
Skort
Palazzo
Culotte
Culottes are technically trousers, however, they're cut with very full legs so they resemble a skirt when worn. While they can range in length, modern culottes typically fall just above or below the knee.
Flared

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Sheath What's the name of this fitted skirt style?
Sheath
Short and sexy, sheath skirts are designed to fit snug against the body and show off the waistline. Their hemlines typically reach anywhere from the middle of the calf to the middle of the thigh.
Gored
Miniskirt
Midi skirt

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Button-up While you can find this style of skirt in many different fabrics, denim is one of the most popular. Do you know what it's called?
Pleated
Washed
Button-up
Featuring a row of buttons either at the front or along the side of the garment, button-up skirts are fun and casual. They feature hemlines that fall just above the knee or above the ankle.
Circular

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Skater This type of skirt is named for a sport. Do you know which one?
Skater
Skater skirts are so named because they resemble the short, flowy skirts worn by professional figure skaters. They're typically made of lightweight materials and always have a hemline well above the knee.
Skiier
Swimmer
Runner

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Asymmetrical What is this unevenly hemmed skirt called?
Pleated
Asymmetrical
Any skirt with varying lengths can be called an asymmetrical skirt. One of the most popular types is the high-low skirt, which is short in the front (usually the hem falls at or just above the knee) and longer in the back.
Straight
Flare

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Denim Do you know what type of material this skirt is made of?
Wool
Denim
Denim skirts come in all different lengths and shapes, from super-short minis to full-length maxis. They first became popular in the 1970s, when people started to recycle their aged denim jeans and fashion them into skirts.
Nylon
Silk

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Bell-shaped The common name for this style of skirt has a nice ring to it. Can you guess it?
Circle-shaped
Bowl-shaped
Bell-shaped
Skirts that are bell-shaped flare out slightly over the hips, then fall straight to the knee, mimicking the outline of a bell. They are usually made with heavier fabrics to help them hold their shape.
Triangle-shaped

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Bustled What do you call a skirt with this bunched-up feature?
Bunchy
Bubbled
Pouffed
Bustled
While a traditional bustle is usually found on the back of garment, bustle skirts can have this feature on the front, the back or all around the skirt. They are usually long and feature textured materials.

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Dirndl Do you know what this traditional Austrian skirt is called?
Dirndl
A dirndl is a skirt that features a tight-fitting bodice and is typically paired with a puffy white top. They were worn by domestic workers in the early 19th century and eventually became popular with the upper class.
Lederhosen
Tracht
Goldhauben

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Peasant Can you tell us the name of this type of maxi skirt?
Peasant
Long and pleated, peasant skirts usually feature bright and colorful patterns. They have a loose fit, feature lightweight fabrics and are sometimes made with more than one type of material.
Hippie
Boho
Flowy

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Sarong This type of skirt is often worn as a cover-up on the beach. What's its name?
Slip
Sarong
A sarong is simply a rectangular piece of fabric worn on the lower half of the body. They usually feature bright, colorful fabrics and are worn around the world, including India, Indonesia and the Arabian Peninsula.
Draped
Wrap

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Petticoat What would you call this old-fashioned undergarment?
Petticoat
First worn as underskirts in 16th-century England, petticoats were popular throughout Europe and America well into the 20th century. They were often meant to be seen and designed to be worn with open gowns.
Slip coat
Skirt coat
Slip skirt

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Gored Is this a gored skirt or a godet skirt?
Gored
While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same style of skirt. A godet skirt features a pronounced A-line flare at the hem, while a gored skirt features triangular fabrics inserted into the hemline to give the garment extra movement.
Godet
Neither
Trick question — They're one in the same.

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Jumper What's the name of this playful skirt?
Overall
Jumper
A cross between a skirt and a dress, this type of A-line skirt features shoulder straps. Typically worn in the summer, the style first became popular in the United States during the 1920s.
Pleated
Peplum

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Peplum Can you name this design feature, which is most often incorporated into pencil skirts?
Bustle
Birth
Waistband
Peplum
Derived from the Greek word for tunic, a peplum refers to a short, slightly flared piece of fabric that wraps around and cinches the waistline. It can be attached to a skirt, a top or a jacket.

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Pegged How would you describe this skirt shape?
Pegged
A pegged skirt is full at the waist and narrows at the hem, resembling the shape of an upside-down pear or inverted wedge. They're typically formal in style and most often made of cotton, wool, linen or silk.
Pitted
Cinched
Tapered

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Fall - winter skirts These types of skirts are made of thick, warm fabric. What are they commonly called?
Cold-weather skirts
Fall/winter skirts
Any skirt that's made of a warm material, such as leather, wool or polyester, can be considered a fall/winter skirt. They're usually pleated and fall just below the knee or at the ankle. They look great with boots!
Heavy skirts
Scratchy skirts

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Flared What would you call this extra-wide skirt?
Fitted
Fixed
Pleated
Flared
Flared skirts are A-line skirts that feature extra width at the hem. They allow for a lot of movement and twirl easily when the wearer spins around. It's best to style this type of skirt with a fitted top to avoid creating a silhouette that's too wide.

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Hobble Can you name this old-timey skirt style, which was popular in the early 1900s?
Hobble
Hobble skirts were named for their very narrow hems, which made it nearly impossible for women to walk properly. Most likely for this reason, this style's popularity fizzled out by World War I.
Hibble
Streamlined
Straight

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Knife pleat Do you know what this style of pleat is called?
Box pleat
Knife pleat
A knife pleated skirt has one inside fold and one outside fold. The pleats are narrow, sharply pressed and layered one over the other so that they face in the same direction. Knife pleated skirts typically have a hemline above the knee.
Inverted pleat
Kick pleat

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Yoke This type of skirt features a fitted band at the waist. What's its name?
Belted
Yoke
A yoke is a fitted band that's placed at the top of a skirt in lieu of a waistband. Instead of sitting up around the waist, yoke-waisted skirts fit right on the waist and go down over the hip.
Choke
Flat

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Draped What would you call this type of skirt?
Slim
Fitted
Draped
Draped skirts are similar in shape to tulip skirts, but feature a loose piece of fabric that drapes off one or both sides at waist level. They are usually worn for formal occasions and are popular for their slimming effect.
Tight

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Ruffled This type of skirt is fun and flowy. What would you call it?
Ruffled
True to their name, ruffled skirts (which are also called flounce skirts) feature lots of frilly ruffles. Often worn as attire for dancing, they usually have hemlines that fall near the ankles, though sometimes they are knee-length.
Fitted
Straight
Tulle

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Gathered How would you refer to this style of skirt?
Fluffy
Puffy
Gathered
A gathered skirt is fashioned from fabric that's drawn together around the waist. They are full and typically fall above the knee, although some styles can reach down to the mid-calf.
Flowy

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