Six Sophisticated Skirts Under $20

July 17th, 2009

We were browsing the racks at Forever 21, and we were pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of fabulous skirts that don’t require a personal fortune to enjoy.  The beauty of skirts are that they’re so easy to fit - they don’t require immaculate tailoring in order to look right.  So they’re consistently one of the best bets at cheap chic stores like Forever 21.  Plus, they’re fun and flirty…and perfect for the broiling weather we’ve been seeing.  Here’s our six favorite picks for sophisticated skirts under $20:

Brushstroke Swing Skirt | $14.80 at Forever 21
What to wear it with?  Allow your inner artist to come out in this brushstroke print skirt.  Wear it with a solid colored top with arty detailing (drapes, pleats, and folds are always a plus) and a structured menswear blazer.

Linen Side Pleat Skirt | $15.80 at Forever 21
What to wear it with?  Let the side pleat shine with a ruffly blouse (tucked in) and a cropped sweater.

Abstract Paisley Skirt | $16.90 at Heritage 1981
What to wear it with?  Wear this tribal print skirt with a pair of gladiator sandals and a simple tank.

Paint Stroke Flare Skirt | $19.80 at Forever 21
What to wear it with?  Mix things up by pairing this elegant full skirt with a grafitti print top.  We love the mix of high and low.

Fold Over Woven Skirt | $17.80 at Forever 21
What to wear it with?  Try a crisp white shirt or a sailor striped top for a classic, elegant look.

Contrast Print Linen Skirt | $14.80 at Forever 21
What to wear it with?  Let this skirt shine by pairing it with a solid colored top–such as a drapey, knit blouse.

Entry Filed under: Shopping Guide,Women

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JenX  |  July 17th, 2009 at 6:03 am

    love the Linen Side Pleat Skirt. very cool shape.

  • 2. Sal  |  July 17th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I’m also digging the side pleat skirt … but I FEAR linen. Ech, the wrinkles!

  • 3. Mimi  |  July 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Great pciks!!
    I like the Paint Stroke Flare Skirt- looks like fun to dance in.
    The Fold Over Woven Skirt looks fresh and cool, especially if paired with a simple T

  • 4. jennifer in sf  |  July 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Ooo. I’m pretty sure I have an F21 credit. I think one or two of these skirts might be in order!

  • 5. h  |  July 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    these are great. well done.

  • 6. Sydne @ ThinkThruFashion  |  July 18th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I bought a similar tribal print skirt at Forever and absolutely love it. I wore it with a cardigan to work ( and got a bunch of compliments.

  • 7. Trisha  |  July 19th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful – thanks for the tip, Sydne!

  • 8. Anti-aging Sytropin  |  July 20th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Ah! Tribal skirt goes with all sorts of tops. I used to pair mine with a black tube and a structured bolero.

    And that linen side-pleat skirt is divine.

  • 9. loveless  |  July 21st, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I had on order the paint stroke skirt while reading this post (great minds think alike). Just want to let you know it’s SHORT. Fourteen inches from the waistband. I am 5′ 1″ tall and like to wear at minimum an eighteen inch skirt. I love the print so much, I plan on pairing it with bicycle shorts a la 80s style.

  • 10. Nicole  |  July 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    that’s the problem with most skirts from F21: way, waaaay too short. If they could just add a couple inches! Hopefully their “Love 21” collection will have more added to it soon.

  • 11. Trisha  |  July 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Agreed on the too short skirt comments. I’ve found that while some are normal length (i.e. knee length), others tend to be a tad too short. Or in some cases, way too short.

    One potential solution for the too-short-skirts: leggings. Put em to good use :)

    Here’s our guide to How to Wear Leggings:


  • 12. Brandyn  |  July 26th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    The skirts are indeed cute, but worth nothing the very limited size selection at Forever 21. For most Americans reading this, these skirts are not an option. Just sayin.

  • 13. chong  |  January 20th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    i like linen side pleat skirt.

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