How to Style and Wear Skater Skirts

by Freya Wilcox
Floral and coloured skater skirts

A skirt with added ‘flare’, skaters are a wardrobe staple, suiting every body shape thanks to the figure-hugging waistband and A-line silhouette. We love the versatility of skater skirt outfits, and we’re sure you will too after reading up on exactly how to style them.

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How to Wear a Skater Skirt

A day-to-day skirt that suits both work and play, the beauty and excitement is very much in what to wear with a skater skirt.

If you’re going for a relaxed look during the day, less structured, cotton/denim-based fabrics with gathered waistbands are a must. Whether they’re patterned or plain, both look great with a slightly oversized shirt, simple tee or turtle neck sweater and tights.

For evenings, a skater skirt and crop top outfit is a classic. A more fitted top accentuates the waist to make you feel extra confident. Leather, pleats and lace detailing are amongst some of the best pieces for transitioning from day to night too.

When it comes to what shoes to wear with a skater skirt, aim high at night with stilettos or more chunky shoe boots. For daytime, pretty sandals look great during the summer, and brogues or chelsea boots can be dug out of the wardrobe for winter.

Our Top 12

From the casual to colourful, smart to sassy, our top 12 has got it all. We absolutely love the explosion of florals available through gorgeous brands such as Cath Kidston, Abercrombie & Fitch and New Look.

ASOS have a huge variety on offer to suit all shapes and styles too. An example of the hugely popular tropical print couldn’t be overlooked in our favourite selection, and sophisticated lace is brought to life with a pop of colour in this gorgeous knee length number below.

Leather-look, scuba, velvet and embroidered mesh are showcased for some evening inspiration, and Harrods have some beautifully flattering skater skirts that would be perfect for work days. Be sure to check those out.

Abercrombie and Fitch Natural Waist Skater Skirt
Abercrombie and Fitch £33.60
ASOS Petite Tropical Print Skater Skirt
ASOS £16
ASOS Warehouse Orange Scallop Hem Lace Skirt
ASOS £59
Cath Kidston Scattered Meadowfield Birds Skater Skirt
Cath Kidston £45
Dorothy Perkins Noisy May Black Skater Skirt
Dorothy Perkins £25.20
Harrods Claudie Pierlot Orange Pleated Skirt
Harrods £87.50
Missguided Yellow Scuba Skater Skirt
Missguided £10
Miss Selfridge Pink Velvet Skater Skirt
Miss Selfridge £7
New Look Black Floral Embroidered Mesh Skater Skirt
New Look £34.99
New Look Black Mini Skater Skirt
New Look £14.99
Ted Baker White Fortoi blouclé cotton-blend skirt
Selfridges £80
Topshop blue skater skirt lemon print
Topshop £20

How to Wear Skater Skirts in Summer

A white skater skirt outfit is ideal for summer. It looks amazing with denim and florals, gladiator sandals and that summer holiday tan. Go for an off the shoulder crop top and heels to dress the look up.

Another summer must-have is a denim skater skirt. The resurgence of the denim mini skirt this season has meant that we’ve seen lots of skater variations on the high street. They work really well with Converse, a slogan tee and some statement sunnies.

When it comes to summer skater skirts, we can’t miss out brights or patterns. From Cath Kidston inspired floral prints to a touch of neon, colour will definitely make your look stand out from the crowd. Never be afraid to go for it!

Spring Summer Skater Skirts

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How to Wear Skater Skirts in Winter

Paired with thick tights and boots, skater skirts are still top of our wish list for winter. More heavy fabrics such as scuba, velvet and leather, as well as those that allow more structure at the waist with tailored pleats, definitely suit the colder months.

A turtleneck with fur gilet, chelsea boots, cute socks and a hat is a great example of a winter look. Swap the gilet for a leather jacket and you’ve got date night sorted.

If you’re thinking about what to wear with a black skater skirt, oversized cardigans and knitted jumpers, slightly tucked in at the waist, are a brilliant combination. A winter floral printed skirt would also add some femininity and brightness on a dark day.

Over the knee boots totally suit a skater too – particularly for a night out paired with red skater skirt and a crop top. Black certainly isn’t your only option.

Autumn Winter Skater Skirts

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Work and Weekend Options

Skater skirts for work are a must have – combining smart with style, they were made for office days. More structured, pleated A-lines and fixed, wider waistbands will instantly smarten your look, whatever the colour or pattern. Complete the outfit with a shirt and blazer or fitted top and statement necklace.

When it comes to the weekend, a checked shirt, striped fitted top or oversized t-shirt that can be tucked in is the perfect complement to a relaxed, simple skater. Keep it casual with trainers and a bomber or denim jacket. A more masculine top half works well with the billowing shape of a skater. If you’re heading out on the town, don the leather or leopard print, clutch bag and heels.

Midi length skater skirts are ideal for both work and the weekend, depending on how they are styled. Metallic pleats are edgy yet pretty, whereas full textured skirts are smarter and make the perfect wedding guest outfit. A more delicate shoe choice with this style of skirt will suit 9-5 and events, whereas a chunky pair of trainers is bang on trend for a chilled weekend. A midi length skirt is so flattering, particularly if you’re more curvaceous.

Weekend Skater Skirts

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Celebrities Do Skater Skirts

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is the perfect person to show how to wear an aline skirt. A staple in her wardrobe, this black pleated example is modelled beautifully with a relaxed denim shirt and Ray Bans. The red lip is a great finishing touch.

Taylor Swift Leather Skater Skirt Denim Shirt

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Rihanna stands loud and proud in her skater, with bright colours galore. We love the coordinating shirt too! The nude heels certainly let the outfit do the talking.

Rihanna green skater skirt tropical shirt

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Gigi Hadid

Model of the moment Gigi Hadid looks effortlessly chic in her black and white combo. The addition of the simple white tee is perfect for daytime.

Gigi Hadid Black and White Skater Skirt White Top

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Things to Remember…

  • Embrace this style with confidence, whatever your shape, and you won’t be disappointed.
  • Tailored skirts look great during winter and at the office. Opt for something with a bit more length on work days.
  • Lightweight fabrics and pretty patterns are a summer staple, particularly with denim.
  • From slouchy to fitted, you’ll never be left wondering what tops to wear with a skater skirt.
  • Flip flops, pumps, heels and over the knee boots – all styles of shoes go with a skater skirt too!
  • If you’re going for a plain top, add some pattern with your skirt choice, and vice  versa.

There you have it a crash course in styling one of the most versatile pieces available. Go get ’em!

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