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An Easy Guide to Skirt Fashion Vocabulary

Skirt fashion vocabulary can be tricky. In your young adult life, you probably haven’t even thought twice about different types of skirts. But as you get older, you’ll want to pay attention to certain fashion vocab, especially now that online shopping has become so popular. You want to know exactly what you’re ordering online and that means being able to decode style language you might not be familiar with.

Here’s a breakdown of the vocab:

A-LINE: Also known as “in-line skirt”, the line to A widens at the bottom. Flaring downwards it is conferred by an oblique cut of the fabric and sometimes by shooting at the waistline.

TUBE: The pencil skirt is a model fitting on the sides, which drops straight to the brim.Usually knee-length, has a slit on the back to facilitate walking.

CIRCLE: The skirt has a very wide and undulating obtained from one or two pieces of fabric cut on the bias in the shape of a circle. It was very popular in the fifties, when you wore petticoats with multi-layer and, together with years of rock and roll.

PENCIL: The pencil skirt narrows toward the bottom like the tip of a pencil, bandaging the hips and thighs. It is often made of stretch fabrics.

ACCORDION: Also called an accordion or pleated skirt is made with a pleated fabric that is made up of many small parallel folds. Usually they are used to wrap it very light fabrics because they open and close easily with the movement.

MINI: The skirt is a skirt type with the lower edge that comes very above the knees, thus leaving part of the thigh discovery. Its creation in the sixties is given to British designer Mary Quant.

KNIFE PLEATED: Is a skirt with box pleats formed by many folds of fabric in the vertical direction.

WRAP: The wraparound skirt wraps around the body widely overlapping edges. The lacing or placket lies usually on the left side.

DRAPED: The draped skirt presents numerous folds usually gathered on a side that give volume to the model.

ASYMMETRICAL: the asymmetrical skirt is characterized by the lower hem longer on one side and shorter than the other.

GYPSY: This skirt, usually long and bright colors, is made up of more than places fabric panels horizontally and are joined to each other.

BUBBLE: The balloon skirt is characterized by the form inflates, obtained with a narrow band attached to the lower edge, or a rubber band.

LAYERED: Model of skirt that is made up of several layers of fabric overlap.

GODET: Skirt that false wavy folds, created from a cut on the bias fabric or modeling solutions such as to confer a wide flare at the head.

MERMAID: The mermaid skirt is a model long dressing very tight down to his knees and then widens imitating the tail of a mermaid.

TULIP: Very popular in the ’80s, the tulip skirt is so called because it refers to the shape of this flower upside down. It has a very wide band as strap and rounded and bulky on the flanks.

RUFFLED: It is a model of skirt composed of multiple tiers of fabric that curled overlapping create an effect of volume.

Paneled: The skirt panels, or skirt towels, is composed of several sheets of fabric places in the vertical and sewn together.

What skirt type is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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