In this summer of espadrilles, oversized sun shades and sequined tops and bags, the most popular fashion trend may be peasant and circle skirts.

Full of flair and energy, peasant and circle skirts are very comfortable, exhibit lots of style and can be worn for almost any occasion -- from a picnic at the beach to church on Sunday or even a casual Friday at the office.

Some women dress them up with a stylish summer blazer or dress them down with a tank and flip-flops.

"They are so loose and comfy," says April Sallah, 38, of Baltimore. "I dress them up and down with flats and heels." Sallah, a credit-card processing specialist, aimed for a way to stay cool as she sported a white knee-length circle skirt while on her lunch break at Owings Mills Mall.

While these skirts have been spotted this summer, they're just remakes of a favorite classic. Remember the circle skirts of 1950s movies or the peasant skirt worn by a flower child in the 1960s?

The skirts flatter every shape and size, and give the image of a perfect figure. They are also made in several styles and lengths -- from big or small colorful prints, to bohemian, safari and western styles.

Some peasant or circle skirts are accented with sequins or embellished with beads.

Sharon James, 50, a correctional officer in Baltimore, chose an elegant beaded skirt to wear to Owings Mills Mall on a hot summer afternoon. "I've always loved long peasant skirts," she says. "I love to buy the ones that have accessories on them." Her ankle-length peasant skirt featured fun beads and bright colors.

The best part about these skirts is that they help you stay cool on those warm days and add a little touch of femininity to your wardrobe.

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