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A skort is a pair of shorts with a fabric panel in the front to give the appearance of a skirt. A skort sometimes also has a fabric panel in the back to further give the appearance of a skirt. The word skort is primarily used in North America. Skort is a portmanteau, which is a word constructed by blending the sounds and meaning of two different words. In this case, the words blended are skirt and short. Skorts were invented to be used as feminine-looking athletic apparel, skorts were primarily used by tennis players and golfers. The word skort first appears in department store catalogs in the United States in the late 1950s, mostly describing knife-pleat skirts with attached bloomers made for children. Skort was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2015.


Swift stepped out Wednesday in L.A. wearing a black, origami-front Missguided skort, which can be hanging in your closet too for $34.20. (People Magazine)

Tenley is wearing an outfit from Old Navy, including a cotton blouse with a blue denim skort and white tights. (The Great Falls Tribune)

Popular with young actresses and pop stars who want to preserve their modesty, the skort offers a more secure way of wearing something ultra-short on your lower half. (The Daily Mail)

One of the best ways to eschew that sartorial armour is with a structured mini-skirt or “skort” – a fashionable portmanteau which loosely translates to “a nifty pair of shorts with pleasing skirt-like panel at front or rear”. (The Independent)

We can’t say we’re fans of the look (just imagine the strange webbing effect that will happen from the front every time she takes a step), but would you wear a skort? (The Huffington Post)

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