Answer Angel: Where to buy the best skorts and skirts for summer
I was wondering if you’d have any advice on where to get cute, fashionable skorts. I’m so tired of trying different biking shorts, creams, powders, leg cuffs etc. under my skirts. They don’t work or roll up throughout the day. It’s a nightmare. I’d love to stop the dreaded chaffing by going back to skorts. They were always so functional on the playground as a child, is there any hope for adults?
— Alanna G.
And a related question about skirts and skorts:
Where can I find some nice summer skirts? I would even do skorts. Skirts are cooler, and I am a little tired of the capris you do not like.
I am older than 50, and my mother always said to “dress your age,” so I am not interested in short skirts, long skirts, black, pencil or athletic. Just a basic skirt, white or print, and a little above the knee. Am I that much out of touch?
— Bobbie W.
Dear Alanna and Bobbie: You have come to the right place with your questions because I’m a big believer in the joy of Skorts.
For those unfamiliar with this magical garment, a skort is a skirt with a pair of attached shorts underneath (or shorts with a fabric panel in front that makes the shorts look like a skirt). You get the look of a skirt with the coverage of shorts. And an end to embarrassing peekaboo wardrobe malfunctions.
Skorts are my go-to look for warmer weather: flirty, fun and less figure-revealing than shorts. I’m not surprised you’re having trouble finding them in stores. That’s because you’re probably looking for them on the skirt racks, and you won’t find them there. Skorts generally are in the activewear/outdoors/athletics/sports — especially golf — sections. And, even there, you’re more likely to find short ones. For instance, tennis and running skirts are ever more popular, but they barely cover your bum, and I know that’s not what you want.
I buy my skorts almost exclusively online, and I suggest you do the same. Pay special attention to the skirt length because what you’re looking for is just above or at the knee. Measure your body from waist to the length you want to be sure you don’t wind up with a garment that shows more of your leg than you want to display. Some sites to browse are Lands End ( www.landsend.com ), Duluth Trading Co. ( www.duluthtrading.com ), Betabrand ( www.betabrand.com ), Columbia ( www.columbia.com ), Athleta ( www.athleta.com ) and, for sizes 12 and up, Woman Within ( www.womanwithin.com ). Amazon offers lots of options from an array of sites, and I’ve had good luck finding my favorites pre-owned (barely worn Athleta models no longer available) on eBay and www.thredup.com.
Now, about the skirts Bobbie wants but can’t find in stores. My cutest summer skirts have come from thrift shops and consignment stores. Goodwill stores are a gold mine of summer skirts at every length, color and size, and almost always under $10.