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This Is The Illusion That Fashionistas Swear By In Summer

Is it a skirt? Is it shorts? Yes.

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It’s hot. That means it’s time to release your legs from their oppressive, pant-shaped cages to breathe in the summer breeze (and work on your tan, no less). While printed wrap dresses and cutoff mini skirts are going strong as some of summer’s biggest trends, the whole free-and-floaty skirt thing is not for everyone. 

Maybe you enjoy bike riding, suffer from thigh chafe (dude, it happens) or just aren’t into the idea of accidentally doing a Marilyn Monroe while you’re walking down the street: if that’s the case, don’t feel like you can’t get in on the sartorial summer vibes, too, because there’s such thing as a skort. 

Not only is the word itself a genius piece of engineering – it derivers from skirt and shorts BTW – but the piece of clothing itself is pretty inspired. Generally speaking, a skort functions as a pair of shorts but incorporates an extra layer of fabric at the front to give it the illusion of being a skirt for those days when you feel like giving yourself a little more wiggle room without having to compromise on comfort. 

Though you may know of a culotte as a cropped, wide-legged pant, the word actually refers to the skort's predecessor: a pair of knee-length trousers where each leg is so baggy that it gives the appearance of looking like one swishy swathe of material. 

There may only be two main types of what we’ll henceforth refer to as “fake skirts” (for clarity), but there are a huge variety of designs they come in, too, so no matter what your style, there’s a fake skirt out there for you. 

From floor-length, floral “dresses” to printed “mini skirts,” check out our selection of skorts and culottes to see you through summer with style and grace: 
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Free People Hop To It Maxi Jumper - $128
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2/23
StyleStalker Hailey Turtleneck Romper - $69
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3/23
ASOS Mixed Stripe Floral Culottes - $54
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4/23
Charlotte Russe Plus Size Envelope Wrap Skort - $12
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5/23
Forever21 Floral Skort Romper - $33
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6/23
Boohoo Plus Amy Bandeau Skort Playsuit - $30
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7/23
New Look Red Tropical Printed Shorts - £16
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8/23
Silence + Noise Ponte Tube Two Layer Romper - $59
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9/23
Free People Dream Big Jumpsuit - $98
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10/23
Mango Bow Culottes Trousers - $40
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11/23
Lane Bryant Cooling Active Skort - $50
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12/23
Parallel Lines Wrap Front Skort - $35
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13/23
Monki Short Sleeved Dotted Jumpsuit - €35
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14/23
Kimchi Blue Isabelle Skirted Short - $54
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15/23
Boohoo Plus Yasmin Gingham Skort - $30
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16/23
River Island Purple Cold Shoulder Wrap Skort Playsuit - $90
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17/23
Forever21 Contemporary Maxi Skort Romper - $25
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18/23
Sister Jane Pleated Mini Skort - $64
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19/23
Free People Hula Hideout Mini Skort - $78
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20/23
Lane Bryant Fast Lane Culotte Jumpsuit - $90
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21/23
Forever21 Belted Satin Skort - $20
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22/23
Kimchi Blue Veruca Skorted Wrap Romper - $69
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23/23
ASOS Tailored Culottes With Large Fold Pleat Front - $64
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