Known primarily for its insulated skirts for cold climates, the Swedish company Skhoop also offers lightweight, sporty skirts for warm-weather months. One example: The Jenny Short Skirt ($59) with paisley design. I packed this skirt for a 17-day trip to New England last month and found many opportunities to wear the comfortable item, including casual days spent sightseeing and evenings out on the town.
The material is a sturdy 100 percent cotton; it’s more “hardy” than flimsy, but lightweight. The skirt has an elastic waist back and drawstring front, so you can really cinch it as tight as you’d like. I tended to wear the skirt on my hips, so didn’t tie the string at all; in fact, since I wore the skirt most often with slim-fitting tops, I ended up tucking the drawstrings into the waistband so the strings tied in a bow wouldn’t protrude and look funny under my shirt!
An unusual selling point of this skirt is the full 2-way zipper on its side. This allows you to fully unzip the skirt to wrap it around your waist to get it on (or off). I see using this feature if I’m using the skirt as a swimsuit cover up at the beach, or over a pair of exercise tights when I don’t want to take my sneakers off (fearing the skirt might get dirty if I pull it down over my shoes.
The other side of the skirt has a small slit for extra comfort when seated or moving around (less constriction on the thighs!). The skirt has a length of 18.5 inches, which lands above the knee on my 5-foot-8 frame. Two front pockets are deep enough to hold a phone, car keys, chapstick and a hotel key card.
The Jenny Short Skirt comes in the pattern at right, as well as a bright pink and green. I love, too, the flowery design of the Sandra Short Skirt, as well. Other skirts include tailored designs made in merino wool for year-round wear. I’m eyeing other Skhoop products, such as the merino-wool hoodies and funky patterned leggings!
Skhoop provided me with a skirt for purposes of review.