The Skirt: Symbol of Femininity or Feminism?

by Gabriela Moser

The skirt is one of the ultimate symbols of femininity (according to the western world, of course). Through the years, it has taken different forms with its ever shifting shapes and hemlines. But, despite these sartorial ups and downs, the skirt seems to always serve the same purpose: “to cover one’s waist and down”. But, is it that straightforward? Doesn’t this object mean something more?

In our recent feminist times, many girls — myself included — might have asked themselves at least once if the length, style or shape of a skirt is saying more about them than it should. Society judges us girls by looks, expecting each of us to fulfill a certain ideal of how a girl should dress and, in turn, behave in order to be “a girl”. But we are so much more and how we choose to cover ourselves really has nothing to do with it. It is an individual choice completely divorced of gender.

If we choose to wear a skirt, it is simply that, OUR CHOICE. You, society, do not need to make any more of it. One person might choose a skirt because it looks good. Another might choose a skirt to take a political stand against dominant cultural conventions. All we want is to wear it with freedom.

So, why don’t we, fellow girls and individuals, use the skirt as a sort of weapon? Take it from a symbol of femininity to symbol of feminism. Wear it with the confidence of choice and the knowledge that the inches of fabric do not define you. The shape does not dictate if you love your curves or not. Like it, wear it, don’t overthink it. Simple.

Need a little inspiration? Just look at some women from history who rocked a skirt while changing the world: Rosa Parks, Audrey Hepburn, Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret Thatcher and Marie Curie.

Now, do you remember them by their skirts? Exactly!

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