How to Wear Summer Skirts

The skirt is rather an overlooked item in many wardrobes – including my own. I love them but in the winter I’d rather not bother with the hassle of tights and unlike dresses it’s a case of putting together a whole outfit rather than just one piece. In the summer though with bare tanned legs (fake in my case) they are much more comfortable and cooler than trousers. As we experienec some long awaited spring sunshine I am enjoying the first skirt minus tights wear of the season!

Getting the right style for your figure isn’t that complicated either just remember the golden rule; if you have curves, shapes that are fluid and softer or fabrics with stretch will work better. Softer jersey fabrics without a waistband will also be more forgiving.

For those who are the great British Pear Shape, A-line or tulip styles will work better. If you find that the waistband is too big when you get a style to fit the hips your best option is to get the waistband taken in.

Here are a couple of catwalk looks and styling tips to recreate them on the High street.

How to wear print skirt

The pencil skirt never dates – this season it comes in print, often bright. If you love showing off your shape wear with pride, if not avoid print and draw the eye up with a necklace.

Make a pattern A-line skirt more every day by losing the matching top and adding a tonal one instead.

how to wear summer skirt

I love this new lantern shape skirt especially this metallic version from Eileen Fisher, forgiving if you have bigger thighs. White top to toe is never easy but it looks so fresh especially paired with these white embroidered heels from LK Bennett.

Here are a few more suggestions for you to look out for this season:

how to wear summer skirtBalance out the full flared skirt with a fitted top, pick up a colour to feature in a print, keep pleats neat and feminine with a curve enhancing knit and hide leg flaws with a maxi.

So break out the summer skirt this weekend!

Where to buy:

Zip pocket peach shirt from Oasis, Print pencil skirt by L.K. Bennett, White sandals by Pied A Terre
T-shirt by Phase Eight, A-line print skirt by Carven, Flat Berrie sandals by L.K. Bennett
Grey T Shirt by White Stuff, Lantern skirt by Eileen Fisher, Silver sandals by Hobbs
White peplum top by Jaegar, White full skirt by Karen Millen, White embroidered shoes by L.K. Bennett
White pattern top by Phase Eight, Navy Full skirt by Nicole Farhi, Scarf by Phase Eight, Wedges by Somerset by Alice Temperley
Crossover top in Vanilla by Kettlewell colours,Pattern skirt by Kilian Kerner Senses, Lemon cuto out sandals by L.K. Bennett
Cardigan by LK Bennett, Pleast skirt by L.K. Bennett, Court shoes by Jones the Bootmaker
Tie front top and camisole by Kettlewell colours, Tiered maxi skirt by Phase Eight, Silver sandals by L.K. Bennett


  1. May 3, 2013 / 9:42 am

    Love to start wearing summer skirts and found your post great to view! Just need to sun up those legs!

  2. Marle Stoman
    May 11, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    Tanned bare legs? What product do you use for fake tan? Or do you go to a beauty salon for it? I have tried a few, but they all make me smell like suntan lotion for several days – especially the cheaper ones, but even the really expensive ones I’ve tried have made me feel silly, as I’m nowhere near a beach ( I won’t dare to use it in winter).

    • Maria
      May 16, 2013 / 1:10 pm

      Hi Marle, I have had a salon tan but not recently, I had the St tropez spray tan which was good but was also quite dark. I do use their moisturiser which contains a self tan called St Tropez Every Day because it is gradual and builds up slowly without looking too false.