by Lindsay Law
No matter which season it is, you need skirts as versatile wardrobe options you can turn to again and again. But which women's skirts will look best on your figure and work for many different occasions? This guide lists the top 5 women's skirts you should have in your closet for every event you attend.
A-line skirt. Named for its slight resemblance to a capital A, the A-line skirt is universally flattering because it flares from the waist and camouflages a curvy stomach, legs and hips. Buy an A-line skirt made of cotton or linen for a great summer skirt and a classic plaid flared skirt made of wool or flannel to wear when the weather gets chilly. You're not limited to the traditional A-line shape, either. A high-waisted full skirt that flares slightly to the knees will give you a pretty vintage silhouette, while a flared skirt made of toile or a crisp taffeta is still flattering and offers a dressier look.
Long skirt. These skirts range in length and style, but a long skirt is a wardrobe staple because of its versatility. Look for light cotton prairie skirts with ruffled tiers for an easy-to-wear style during spring and summer or buy a long skirt made of lace panels that hits at about mid-calf for a dressier look. When you want a long skirt that's more appropriate for work, especially during cooler weather, look for straight skirts made of suede or wool you can pair with boots and tights.
Pencil skirt. For the office or a dressy event, a pencil skirt is a necessity. This style emphasizes the hips and bottom, as it hugs the body snugly from the waist down, and it looks great with a tucked-in button-up or dressy blouse. Buy a pencil skirt made of stretchy black fabric for a comfortable, classic look or add variety to your wardrobe with a brown satin skirt. Bow-tie waistbands and wide bands can add variety to the skirt as well.
Denim skirt. When you want a comfortable short skirt you can wear with simple tees and sandals around town, a denim skirt is a great option. Pick a length you are comfortable with, such as a fit that grazes the knees, hits mid-calf or falls a few inches above the knee, and then find a wash and color you like. A denim skirt in a dark indigo wash is especially flattering with heels and a ruffled blouse, while a short skirt made of distressed denim in a light wash is perfect with retro sneakers, a vintage shirt and colorful jewelry for a casual day of shopping.
Pleated skirt. If you want a traditional skirt you can wear to work, to church meetings and even to a formal occasion like a wedding, buy a pleated skirt made of linen or satin. For a prep-school look, purchase a full skirt in a plaid pattern with wide pleats that falls to the knees or just above them; add black peep-toe heels and a crisp white button-up for a classic '50s look. A pleated skirt made of silk or delicate chiffon is always lovely with a fitted blouse for a dressy night out.