Skirts Definition - Garment that hangs from the waist and covers all
or part of the legs.
A skirt is
defined as a cone- or tube- shaped outfit that hangs from the waist
and covers all or part of the legs. An outfit prominent in European
culture, skirts are usually considered women's
The exceptions are the kilt, a traditional men's garment in
Scotland, and fashion
such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, have designed men's
skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material
such as pareos, but most skirts are fitted to the body (body fit
category) at the waist and fuller below, with the fullness introduced
by means of gores, dart, panels
or pleats. Modern
are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics, such as jersey,
poplin, worsted, or denim.
of clingy or thin fabrics are often worn with slips to make the
material of the skirt drape classic and for modesty yet elegant.
hemline of skirts can be as high as the upper thigh or as low as the
ground, depending on the taste of fashion and the modesty or personal
fashion sense of the wearer. It is said that medieval upper-class
women wore skirts over min 3 meters in diameter at the bottom. At the
other extreme, the miniskirts
of the 1960s were minimal garments that may have barely covered the
under garments when seated.
historians use the word "petticoat" to describe the
skirt-like garments of the 18th century or earlier. From around 1915,
hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor for good. For the next
fifty years, fashionable
became short during1920s, then long in1930s, and then shorter during
the Second World War Years with their restrictions on fabric, then
the New Look.
No one skirt
length has dominated fashion for such a long period, with short and
ankle-length style designer
often appearing side-by-side in fashion magazines and catalogs.