Miniskirt enthusiasts: take a back seat.
After months of tiny belt-length skirts brought back through the Y2K revival, hemlines have dropped dramatically and the maxi skirt is taking over as the internet’s favourite fashion staple. Long skirts have been swishing onto runways for the past few seasons, but the trend exploded online because of fashion It girl Emma Chamberlain, co-host of Vogue’s livestream at the Met Gala in May, where she wore a trailing white skirt with a cropped jacket by Louis Vuitton.
Speaking on her podcast, “Anything Goes,” Chamberlain explained that long skirts are an essential part of her wardrobe. “If it’s hot out, I basically wear the exact same thing; long skirt, scrunched up socks, a pair of loafers and then a basic tank top,” she said.
Almost immediately, TikTok tributes began to spring up, with fashionably minded posters creating their own versions of this floor-sweeping silhouette — already, there are more than 27 million posts using the hashtag #Longskirt.
There are endless ways to interpret this trend. Feeling flowy, slip or knit? Whatever your preference, there’s a perfect maxi skirt match for you, whether you want to channel your inner coastal grandma on the beach or live your best hot girl summer in the city. Plus, the long skirt can easily be layered with tights, boots and knits and worn well into the fall.
Read on for our six favourite long skirt styles.
The linen skirt
We’ve made it clear that we’re spending all summer in linen this year and this skirt fits right into those easy-breezy plans. Bring the beach to you in this swingy linen skirt with breathable eyelet fabric and practical pockets. To complete the look all you need is a straw sun hat, some gold jewelry and your toes in the sand.
J.Crew linen maxi skirt, $263 (on sale from $291), jcrew.com
The slip skirt
Though we may still be in the midst of the Y2K revival, the ’90s will always find a way into our wardrobes, especially the classic slip silhouette. Aritzia’s versatile bias-cut slip skirt made from slinky wood-fibre-based acetate has become a classic of its own and can be worn season after season, for all kinds of events. Pair it with strappy heels for a party or a T-shirt and sneakers for brunch.
Aritzia slip maxi skirt, $98, aritzia.com
The flowy skirt
Celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Emily Ratajkowski have been sweeping the streets in ultra-flowy long skirts, and the supersoft, lightweight cotton material of this maxi has exactly the right billow factor. With its floral pattern, dynamic pop of pink and thigh-high slit, it works as both a bathing suit coverup or as eye-catching event wear (it’s also perfect for twirling, which is important).
The ruffled skirt
Channel a modern-day Disney princess in this tiered, floor-length chiffon dream skirt (with decidedly grown-up side slit). Keep things this side of Sleeping Beauty by throwing on a jean jacket, as opposed to a cape.
Asos maxi skirt, $64, asos.com
The silk skirt
Carrie Bradshaw’s closet circa “And Just Like That” was full of statement skirts and we can see her wearing one like this silk, safari-esque maxi to run down the steps of her brownstone on some errand or other. Wearable well into fall with riding boots and a brown leather jacket, it’s pure everyday luxury.
The knit skirt
If Phoebe Buffay and Rachel Green put their heads together and designed a skirt, it would look like this: a combination of bohemian textures with a minimalist silhouette. Cosy and comfy, the cotton knit fabric and earthy palette will take you right into fall. (Plus, it’s on sale!)
Ba&sh Knit Maxi Skirt, $298 (on sale from $425), thebay.com