Art of Style

Everybody’s Wearing Maxi Skirts

When it comes to skirts, the silhouette of the season is the maxi. GEORGIE LUCAS rounds up the designs to add to your forever closet


A kind of sartorial alchemy happens when a style that encapsulates the mood of the moment also happens to be eminently wearable and offers closet longevity. This season, it’s the maxi skirt. Flattering, versatile, impactful and simple to dress up (kitten heels, blazer) or down (sneakers, sweater), this floor-sweeping silhouette is the new style du jour, with designers scouring archives to reference the design’s vintage origins while also dreaming up fresh iterations of the longline cut.

Take it to the max this season with floor-sweeping skirts

The maxi skirt’s current popularity traces back to the rise of the denim version – an embodiment of the Y2K spirit imbuing the current style mood. Fusing zeitgeist with a comforting nostalgia, labels from Goldsign to Victoria Beckham have given retro cues a modern refresh – see the former’s kick-flared ‘Vogel’ design or the latter’s frayed, flared, light-denim cut. Both will look great with a skinny-fit tank top and ballet pumps now, then add a slouchy sweater and boots as the season turns.

The column silhouette has made a comeback, too, thanks to a passion for all things ’90s (hello, tuck-and-go shoulder bags, tank tops and buttoned-up cardigans). With crisp slimline cuts high on every editor’s wish list, look first to brands that specialize in elevated basics. We love Wardrobe.NYC’s black knitted tube skirt, which will look great with a fresh white tee and oversized denim jacket, or Grace Ling’s degradé knitted maxi skirt, which is beautifully engineered and ticks our NET SUSTAIN box for consciously crafted designs. Alternatively, slip into a straight-cut wool style – Sydney-based Esse Studios’ versatile take comes in soft cream, while Alessandra Rich’s version arrives in gray – to transition from the boardroom to an elegant event with ease.

For daytime style, LA-based brand Co’s pleated beige style and Matteau’s organic cotton-poplin skirt both reference the voluminous, freewheeling silhouettes of the ’70s – the maxi’s heyday – albeit with a pared-back sensibility that feels entirely contemporary. It’s worth noting that Matteau’s design is also part of our NET SUSTAIN edit of consciously crafted pieces. Or, for an evening-ready version, Paco Rabanne’s slinky emerald design is infused with Studio 54 glamour, while Dries Van Noten’s floral creation delivers dark romance.


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