You’ve probably heard about “skater skirts” or “skater dresses.”  Although there’s nothing new about themthey were a wardrobe staple in the 80s and came back with the iconic babydoll style in the 90s-– they’ve come back reinvented, once again.  What is a skater dress, then? Is there a simple explanation?

Whirly Twirly

Imagine an ice skater, spinning in a sparkling sequined dress that fits tight everywhere except for the loose, twirling skirt. The name is no coincidence! Well-fitted at the waist, the skater skirt twirls around your hips for a super-feminine, romantic look. Similar to the A-line dresses popular in the sixties, the skater look fits snug at the shoulders and gradually widens toward the hem, except the bottom is a full circle skirt instead of a stiff line.

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Flattering for Everyone

Mostly available in mini versions, it’s normally chosen by those who don’t shy away from showing off their legs, but the silhouette is flattering for every body type. The skater dress style gives the illusion of an hourglass figure: it showcases the upper body, cinches in at the waist, then goes out around the hips.  Try a wide belt to really show off your waist, or pick vertical stripes, for instance, to appear slimmer and taller.

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Get Your Style On

All these benefits would probably make you want to wear a skater dress every day from now on. So, let’s move on to how to wear it. There are countless accessories and clothing pieces you can wear a skater dress: it’s perfect for layering.  Try it with a cardigan and platform shoes or heels. You can easily revamp it into officewear: throw on a blazer for a smart, casual look. Drinks with friends after work? Add some versatile jewelry and put your heels on to change your look from day to night.

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What is your favourite way to style a skater dress? Share your style tips in the comments!