The Best Skirts for Active Women

Function and fashion for the outdoors

Mattie Schuler

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Even though hiking pants have gotten much more stylish, sometimes you just want to show off a bit of leg. We’ve curated an array of the best active skirts (and skorts) on the market, all ready-made for a day hike or that pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee.    

Columbia Anytime Casual Skort ($40)

Its flattering cut and stretchy fabric make this a versatile skort, while side cinches elevate it to something a bit flirtier. The Anytime Casual Skort is rain- and stain-resistant, comes with UPF 50 protection, and has a mid-rise, thick waistband for optimal comfort. The only downside? The two front pockets aren’t very large, so if you’re headed out for a hike, you’ll need a jacket with pockets or a pack. $40; 

Merrell June Bug Skirt ($49)

Slip into this just-above-the-knee skirt, and the soft, stretchy fabric will have you begging for a summer night when the beetles that inspired its name are out. There’s a buttoned stash pocket at the waist, but the length options are what make this a standout: you can leave the skirt long, or button up both sides for a sexier look. $49;

Outdoor Research Expressa Skort ($60)

The Expressa Skort captures the active-casual style outdoorsy types demand—it’s not too sporty, but won’t restrict your movements when you go exploring. This skort is flattering, breathable, slightly stretchy, quick-drying, and offers UPF 50+ protection. This is the perfect piece for a sweaty hike that, ideally, ends at a lake. If you can’t try the Expressa on in a store, consider sizing up when ordering online—the Expressa runs a touch small. $60;

Lole Cassyope 2 Skort ($80)

Yes, the Lole Cassyope 2 Skort is technically golfing gear, but it’s way too flattering and comfortable to relegate to just one activity. This 17-inch-long skort has a rounded hem and a mid-rise, regular hook-and-loop waist. You’ll be comfortable and dry since the four-way-stretch fabric wicks moisture well. We predict this will be your go-to skirt when it comes to active, see-the-sights-then-hit-the-trail traveling—the fabric is wrinkle-free, gives UPF 50+ protection, and has a back zipper pocket for valuables. $80;

Athleta Denim Northpeak Skort ($50)

Perfect for hiking and stylish enough for après, the stretchy Denim Northpeak Skort is semi-fitted with a superthick mid-rise waistband that won’t dig into your skin. Two rear zipper pockets are perfect for your cash and Chapstick, and no matter how much of a sweat you work up, the Denim Northpeak aims to keep you cool with exceptionally breathable fabric. Bonus: the shorts underneath have silicone leg grips so they won’t slide up during an intense hike. $50;

Athleta Voyage Skort ($50)

Whether you’re heading to the trail or just want a sassy, comfortable skirt for summer, the Voyage has you covered. This relatively long, flared skort won’t restrict your movements, while its breathable PowerMesh shorts below deck will keep you cool. You’ll be fully covered in this semi-fitted, lightweight skort. A thick, elastic waistband is supercomfy, and a zipper pocket on its lower back will hold a smartphone, ID, or small tube of sunscreen. Beach volleyball anyone? $50;

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