In Defense of the Skort, Summer's Hottest Half-and-Half Trend

If you happen to be a child of the '80s or '90s, there's a very good chance your mom used to dress you in a skort for school. Why? Well, even if your particular academic institution didn't include a pleated, plaid pair of skirted shorts as part of its uniform, skorts were a handy garment that allowed you to tackle the monkey bars and jump rope during recess without fear of flashing anyone (and thus enduring hours of being teased by the boys in your class).

This summer, skorts are back and better than ever. And thanks to some second-generation design tweaks—abbreviated hemlines, envelope-style asymmetrical cuts—they're nothing like your old-school jungle gym favorites, but just as useful for warding off potential wardrobe malfunctions. Click through to shop 12 sweet skorts that'll have you embracing this past-decade classic once more. Will you be wearing one this season?

We've spotted this one on Olivia Palermo, Karolina Kurkova and too many other street style stars to count.