When is a skirt not a skirt? When it’s a skort of course!


‘What in the world is a skort!?’ I hear you cry. Well, let me explain.  A skort, for those of you not already in the know, is the new skirt/shorts hybrid offered by fashion giant Zara. From the front the skort looks like a humble skirt, a very interesting asymmetric skirt granted, but a skirt all the same. However, the rear view of the skort reveals that it is not a skirt at all, but instead is actually a pair of shorts masquerading as a skirt. Very deceiving.

On paper the idea seams daft, why not just create a skirt or shorts, why combine the two? Yet the combination has proved to be genius. The beauty of the skort is that its skirt-like appearance eliminates any of the unflattering crotch ruching (not to mention the dreaded camel toe) that is often associated with shorts wearing, whereas the built in short element means that the skort can maintain a super short hem line, whilst reducing the risk of flashing innocent passers-by that comes with wearing a super short skirt.

The practicality of the skort hasn’t gone unnoticed as it has fast developed an almost cult status in the fashion world. Both model Karolina Kurkova and the ever on-trend Olivia Palermo have been spotted strolling round Manhattan in the blue and black versions of the piece, whilst the majority of bloggers are favouring the white colourway. As for me, I’ve just ordered myself a Zara skort in geranium (Zara speak for orange obvs), and can’t wait for it to arrive on my doorstep.

After studying various skort-based looks I’ve concluded that it’s best to let the skort do the talking with the key way to wear the piece being dressed down. With this in mind, I’ll be pairing my skort, once it finally arrives, with flats and (weather permitting) a plain tee.  Here’s hoping other stores also catch onto the versatility of the skort and who knows, before long we may have a multiple varieties to choose form!

Words: Kimberley Fishwick

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