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A skort is a pair of women's shorts with a flap of fabric in front to make it look like a skirt. The term "skort" (a portmanteau of skirt and shorts) is used idiomatically in some regions. While some garments sold as culottes resemble short trousers, to be a skort they need to look like skirts. They are distinguished from trousers or shorts by a fuller cut at the bottom (hem) than at the waist. Skorts were developed in order to provide more freedom to do activities such as gardening, cleaning, or bike riding, and give the appearance of a skirt. Skorts are popular in sports such as tennis and golf, and are often part of girls' athletic uniforms. Some skorts are essentially skirts with a pair of shorts hidden underneath, though most resemble a pair of shorts with a panel of fabric over the front. [1]

Women began to play golf in large numbers in the 1960s which led to the development of the famous Leon Levin "Q" skirt or "skort" which offered the freedom of shorts and soft lines of a skirt. It became an immediate favorite on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour.

Professional golfers famously known for wearing skorts are Natalie Gulbis & Paula Creamer.

A scooter or 'skant' resembles a skirt all the way around, and has shorts underneath. [2]


  1. ^ culottes
  2. ^ "A Scooter differs from a Skort in that it has the look of a skirt all the way around, not just in the front."

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