A short n’ flippy skater skirt has become a wardrobe staple, as indispensable as a pair of trusty skinny jeans or biker jacket. The fit-and-flare silhouette is no new concept, with the peplum holding strong season to season, but its oft-forgotten counterpart, the skater skirt, has been hard to ignore lately. Its obvious figure-flattering benefits aside, we had to ask: where did the skater skirt trend come from? The short answer is it originated on the ice rink, with female skaters sporting a similarly full skirt. Earliest adopters of the skater skirt included Ashley Olsen and model Molly Sims. The runways weren’t immune that season, either, as Missoni and Proenza Schouler showed flared minis in their collections. Let’s begin!
With a simple button shirt tucked in, you get a natural structured look with a narrower waist. These different looks show exactly how a simple black skater skirt can go from day to night.
Skater skirts are perfect to wear with cropped tops and show off a little bit of the belly without revealing too much. Peplum tops also go well with skater skirts, since they follow the same structure, making it even more elegant. The third look on the far right shows that skater skirts can also be structured into dresses.
For skinnier figures, or narrower hips, matching a sweater (which are very trendy this year) with a skater skirt can give you that relaxed and yet cute look, either in high heel sandals or just some cool sneakers. And once again, the peplum silhouette is always perfect with these skirts.
A blazer is elegant no matter what, even if it’s neon yellow. For a more casual look, adding a printed crop top with the skater skirt and a blazer creates a nice touch!
The shape can still be spotted on celebrities and bloggers alike, but the trend has been swiped up by fast fashion houses, like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. Having moved from the runways, to early adopters, to celebrities, and finally into the hands of mass producers, we have to wonder about the longevity of the skater skirt. Recently, I purchased a few skater skirts on Asos.com and they do have a great, inexpensive range of skirts.