This is the look most associated with the Fifties. And when you saw the "skirt" link, it's what you most expected to find.
Yes, young women wore them. And had we known they would be immortalized as the symbol of an era, more of us would have saved ours.
A poodle skirt is a wide swing skirt with a poodle appliquéd or transferred onto the fabric. Poodles were not the only items used to adorn these skirts, they are just the best remembered.