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It wasn’t much of a summer last year so it is some time since the sun has shone on bare legs. Now that summer is here, what is the fashionable lady wearing? What is the latest trend in summer skirts?

Skirts for summer

1. What about length? This summer’s skirts and dresses are any length including asymmetrical and dipped hems with the midi length skirt looking as though it will be particularly popular. It is suitable for the unpredictable blustery UK weather – no wind whipping up a midi skirt and revealing all. It is also very easy for women of all ages to wear and look smart. They can be made in soft and flowing fabric with a retro feel and worn with a cropped top or more tailored in a plain colour and ideal for a business meeting. Although popular for the day, there is also a hint of sophistication and evening wear to some midi length skirts and dresses. This length tends to suit most women and doesn’t involve revealing too much flesh for those who want to keep legs hidden.

2. What shape are skirts this summer? On trend are pleats, flares and pencil shaped skirts. Skater’s skirts are also popular and available in a range of fabrics. These short skirts are great for a day shopping with friends. Shift dresses are fashionable for smart summer wear along with shirt dresses while the vintage look is still popular.

3. What colours and patterns? Block colours are fashionable from black, white, cream and grey to bright blue and hot pink. Womens skirts are also available in a range of patterns including polka dot, geometric, random and tie dyed. Camouflage print can be found, no doubt influenced by the profile of the armed services, as well as animal prints and prints inspired by Aztec culture. Again, there is still a nod to vintage fabrics with floral designs. Sequins, beads and see through materials are also fashionable and there are plenty of skirts and dresses to add a shimmer to summer.

What about summery legs and feet

For some time, skirts and dresses have been worn with leggings or tight trousers and this summer this is still on trend. Skirts look good worn with leggings of the same colour or with a contrasting colour. As an alternative to leggings, bare legs and a pair of sandals are great for hot summer days and nights. The right skirt worn with ankles boot and bare legs looks cooler still.

There is a wide range of womens skirts to choose from this season and there should be something to suit everyone and be fit for every occasion. Skirts are a great little number to put on with a skinny top and enjoy a fun day with friends. This year a skirt can be part of a smart outfit for a summer wedding, a day at the races or an evening with the in-laws at a posh restaurant.


Mary Yohanan writes for a range of women’s fashion websites and blogs. She loves the way a skirt can be used to make a statement and is delighted at the wide range of womens skirts available for all women and every occasion this season.

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