Because it may autocorrect to ‘skirt’ when you try and look it up, but the humble skirt-short hybrid possesses its own understated brand of chic and will lend itself to both work and play. The wrong design might remind you of school PE lessons in the 1990s, but the right skort will take you far.

Adeam pleated jacquard-knit shorts (£390)

These Adeam shorts are pleated and cut for a loose, flowing fit, inspired by the traditional warm-weather dressing of designer Hanako Maeda’s native Japan. Effortless cool for summer days.

KÉJI Wrap-effect denim shorts (£177)

KÉJI’s signature denim is woven in a Japanese mill founded in the 1950s. This versatile indigo-hued skort is a combination of skater-style shorts under a relaxed denim wrap skirt with a tie-belt waist.

Alexander McQueen tailored short skort (£500)

Embrace the colour that has dominated this season and think pink in a silk, tailored skort from Alexander McQueen. Wrap-effect front panels form a modern skirt effect and the short length keeps it playful.

RED Valentino Flamingo Printed Faille Shorts (£250)

In this instance, RED stands for ‘Romantic, Eccentric Dress’ and these fun, youthful shorts are certainly no exception. They feature an all-over flamingo print on a delicate pink background and large pleats that create playful volume.

Sacai woven check skort (£717)

This is a skort that packs an unexpected punch. The multi-coloured woven cotton hybrid has a front skirt with a side tie fastening akin to a kilt. Check pattern set against a striking royal blue background gives this skort an urban edge.

Text by Abigail Buchanan