How to wear a skater dress: a “how to style”

Learn to wear a skater dress the right way

Good morning! I can't begin to tell you how much time I've spent on the Topshop website as of late. It's pathetic and extremely embarrassing. What's worse is I've yet to purchase a single item from the new season of beautiful clothing. That's what tax returns are for, though! Right??

I write this as I sit in my bed with my pup wrapped around my feet, half chewing at a rope toy and half asleep. He does this thing when he's tired where he really wants to keep playing but he's totally tuckered out and literally drifting off to lalaland. Very shortly I've got to wake him up and run off to work for the day.

Lately, I've seen a number of horribly styled skater dresses and tunics alike and wanted to do a post on "how to properly wear a skater dress" in the hopes of saving at least one person from the proverbial fashion police. My main piece of advice would be to remember your skater dress is a layering piece - meaning that it's not appropriate to simply toss it on and run out the door with your bare arms and bare legs. Possibly in the summer if you have a super sweet bod and pair it with adorable shoes - but most definitely not in the spring.

What is a skater dress?

For those of you looking for a skater dress definition of sorts, it's a dress that resembles something an ice skater would wear on the ice. This mainly applies to the overall silhouette, and doesn't mean you need to step out in shiny spandex. The dress typically has a fitted bodice and flares out at the natural waist. These dresses are hugely popular in the UK and are making their way into American and Canadian closets as well.

How to wear a skater dress

My suggestion would be to use items like those shown above. Add a statement necklace to add to the minimalistic bodice. Wear chunky shoes like the nude platform sandals shown, but pair them with girly ruffle socks. This adds to the "ice skater" feel and also feminizes the outfit a bit. If you have super sheer black stockings, these are always great to layer under frilly ankle socks - especially if you're currently having a winter like ours!

Lastly, please put something on your arms. Straight cut sleeveless dresses are rarely flattering on account of the fact EVERYONE has armpit creases (that bit of skin that attaches your torso to your underarm) and it really creeps me out. Plus, something like a cardigan gives you the opportunity to add a fun pop of colour that your ensemble would otherwise be missing.

All in all, this is how I would style a skater dress. If you disagree, feel free to do as you please. Just know that I'm putting a cardigan on you with my mind.

PS - Check out this adorable skater dress perfect for summer!

skater dress

Chevron Metallic Tunic
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Knitted Tweedy Short Cardigan
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Pendulum Cross Strap Platforms
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Plaque Section Collar
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Lace Trim Ankle Socks
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01578604434762401246 Diva In Me

    Loving that dress already! I want that dress too!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      I want it so badly! There’s so many pieces from TopShop I could see in my closet…. unfortunately, I’m just not that rich to have them all! lol

  • Laura

    i have a elbow length-sleeved black skater dress. it can look quite severe on its own. i am very curvy so the skirt sticks out! i don’t wear heels much. would you go for a statement necklace, skinny belt, black tights and black flats? just use the necklace and belt for a pop of colour?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Hey Laura,

      The dress sounds gorgeous! There’s no real need to wear heels with a skater dress. I just like them because they lengthen the leg a bit to avoid the dress looking “too severe”. If you have a small wedge sandal or a nude flat that would do the trick too (without tights). If you’ve got your black tights or nylons, a black flat would look super classy!

      Personally, I’d go for a larger statement necklace and skip the belt. Try and go for a necklace with a pop of colour if possible, since the rest of your outfit would be all black. If you can find a small bracelet or two that match the necklace, that would look really cool. :)

      I think you’d look great!

      xx
      Katelyn

    • Laura

      thank you so much! yes maybe the belt would look too prescribed. thanks again!

  • Anonymous

    i have a lilac skater skirt wanting to wear it for sixth form, thinking with a white top, what shoes?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Hey there,

      Can you link me to a picture of what the skirt and top look like? You might be able to go with a nice cognac coloured shoe but I can’t know for sure without seeing the items. :)

  • Anonymous

    i have see a nice burgandy skater dress and was wondering what to wear over the top as its cold, a short or long cardy??

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Sounds really cute! Personally, I love a long-sleeved, waist length cardigan with skater dresses in the winter. You could do a cream, medium grey, or even something that’s speckled. Try to go for a slightly heavier knit if you can, and don’t forget to throw on some tights so you don’t freeze! :)

    • Anonymous

      thank you, the dress has black mesh at top and on waist, so was thinking black cardy to to match that.

  • Anonymous

    i have a velvet black skater dress that i plan on wearing with cosmic(like light purpley galaxy) leggings and plain black flats but i dont know what to wear on top that isnt too crazy (because its kinda crazy as is but i like that!) please help<3

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Do you mean on top, as in a sweater or cardigan? I’d go with a medium grey if you have that. :) I wouldn’t recommend adding more black, as the outfit will get a little too dark!

    • Anonymous

      thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I have a plain black high-waisted skater skirt and I wanna wear it to a party this Saturday. It’s winter though, but the party will get pretty hot and stuffy too. I’m wearing it with tights, heels and red lippy but I’m not sure what type of heels or top or acceceries to team it with! little help?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Hey! I’m so sorry I just saw this and wasn’t able to get back to you in time. Hope you had a great time at the party! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11616141739983968332 Natasha Robinson

    I have a purple floral print belted dress. TBh it’s actually more burgundy than purple. Not even close to being purple if I’m honest. Anyway I’ve been looking at what to wear shoe-wise and I was wondering what you think about ankle boots? And rather than a necklace, I was thinking about a white. I have 0 fashion sense tbh, but in my head it looks good. Could be wrong, what do you think?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      Hey! The dress sounds gorgeous. :) I love ankle boots, just as long as they don’t look too clunky with the dress. You could always try a pair of over-the-knee socks with them to make them blend a bit better. :)

      White and burgundy can look really good together, but I really love rose gold or warm yellow gold with burgundy and black ankle boots!

  • Lucy

    My Auntie had a party for boxing day last night and I wore a jersey navy blue skater dress (I’d show you a link but I can’t find it on the Topshop website)with a black blazer
    http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=5747114&langId=-1&categoryId=&searchTerm=ponte blazer&pageSize=20

    and black nylon tights and purple converse. Shouldn’t work, but it did! Do you think I should add any changes? Also, I love Topshop too, always have, always will! All my skater dresses are Topshop!x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 theskinnyblondegirl

      I have never believed the whole black and blue don’t match… I think they look great together! If you liked the outfit that’s all that really matters. :) xx Love my converse – wear them pretty much all summer long!

  • Lucy

    I’ve just bought some black studded slipper shoes from Miss Selfridge, really pull the whole look together!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 Katelyn Z

      Love Miss Selfridge!

  • Anonymous

    i have just gt a light peach colour, sleeveless skater dress, i was planning n wearin black tights and black flats with it and was wondering do u think a leather jacket would go with it to make the look more trendy

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 Katelyn Z

      Leather jackets go with just about anything. I say go for it! :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi! My daughter would like to wear a skater dress to a wedding but size 8 and a height of 5’5 she doesn’t want to wear heels (she is 13 and and thinks she is tall enough) Would a pair of flats be ok? This is the dress http://www.amazon.co.uk/GORGEOUS-MISO-REPUBLIC-CUT-OUT-SKATER/dp/B00B68XD9K/ref=sr_1_1?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1363114828&sr=1-1

    Also the wedding is in August but thinking if there is a chill in the evening, what kind of jacket/cardigan should she wear?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry my name is Nina just not sure if my details came up ie email adresses etc, which is why I selected Anon
      :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10008926220542228523 Katelyn Z

      Hey Nina!

      That dress is adorable – of course flats would be OK. She could even go with a mary-jane style flat to keep it “chic”. I’d look for a black blazer to be honest – maybe even something with a belt… maybe even a colored belt. Depends what she likes I suppose!

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/75669766-93ef-11e2-8a46-000f20980440 75669766-93ef-11e2-8a46-000f20980440

    Hi, I was wondering if you could give me advice on how to style this dress. I want to wear tights with it, but I’m not sure what sort and also, what flat shoes would look nice with this dress? I realise that this pattern isn’t to everyone’s taste and is a bit weird, but I love it….x

    http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/dresses/floral-velvet-3-4-sleeve-skater-dress-_268312409