Skirt Lengths

I couldn’t find a skirt that starts with the letter ‘X’ so here is a run down of all the different skirt lengths instead…

Skirt Lengths


AKA: beltskirt

The Micro or Micro-mini is an extremely short skirt that usually measures less than 15 inches (38cm). Can be as short as 8 inches (20cm), which can expose the wearers underwear or buttocks.

Intro: 1960s

Silence and Noise Micro
Silence + Noise Micro Skirt


The Mini skirt is short skirt that typically finishes at mid-thigh (approx. 15 inches).

Intro: 5th century B.C.E.

Popular: 1960s

Rag & Bone Miniskirt
Rag & Bone Miniskirt

Above the Knee

Above the Knee Length skirts finish 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5cm) above the mid-knee.

Popular: 1920s

Ted Baker Above the Knee
Ted Baker Above the Knee Skirt

Knee Length

Knee Length skirts finish at the middle of the wearer’s knee cap.

Popular: 1920s, 1950s

Valentino Roma Knee length
Valentino Roma Knee Length Skirt

Cocktail Length

AKA: Below the Knee Length, Street Length

Cocktail length skirts finish 1 – 3 inches (2.5-7.5cm) below the knee. Often considered a very flattering length as it sits at the slimmest part of the leg.

Popular: mid 1910s

Proenza Schouler Cocktail length
Proenza Schouler Cocktail Length Skirt


AKA: Mid-calf length, ballerina length, intermission length, tea length

The Midi skirt finishes midway between the knee and the ankle.

Intro: 1920s

Popular: 1920s-1950s, 2011-2014

Topshop Midi Skirt
Topshop Midi Skirt


AKA: Below Mid-Calf

The long skirt sits a couple of inches below the middle of the calf, approximately 10 inches (25cm) from the floor.

Intro: In work garments post WWI. Worn in fashion 1920s onwards

Alice + Olivia Long Skirt
Alice + Olivia Long Skirt


AKA: Lower calf length

The Maxi skirt traditionally finishes approximately 8 inches (20cm) above the floor), but can be long enough to touch the floor.

Intro: at least the 16th century

Popular: 1970s, 2000s


Evening Length

AKA: Formal length, Full length

The Evening Length skirt finishes approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) from the floor.

Intro: at least 16th century

J.Mendel Evening Length
J.Mendel Evening Length Skirt

Floor Length

The Floor Length skirt is one that touches the floor.

Intro: at least the 16th century

Alexander McQueen Floor Length
Alexander McQueen Floor Length Skirt


2 thoughts on “Skirt Lengths

  1. Hello my name is Crystal. I’m having trouble, im 5’8 and i wanna ankle maxi skirt to come at my ankles or floor length but I’m not sure what length i should get. Can you help me?

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