Long hemlines aren’t just for prom and red carpets!
For most of us, maxi skirts are not part of our daily wardrobe rotation. Why? Because there’s something formal about wearing fabrics that touch the ground. Long hems usually signal important life events: brides wear princess-inspired prom dresses, bridesmaids wear pastel column-like dresses, celebs attend red carpet events in chic floor-length dresses, and teens go to prom in overly iridescent gowns. So it feels wrong to wear anything even remotely resembling the office, or to have coffee — and figuring out how to style a maxi skirt without looking like you’re going to an evening event can feel daunting.
But this fall 2022 season, designers were determined to change the conversation. Acne Studios sent models down the runway in casual, colorful denim pants that started at the ribs and ended at the toes. Saint Laurent combined 1930s glamor with modern minimalism to create flattering skirts. And Bottega Veneta was the talk of the town with his fringed leather jewelry.
So for anyone looking to step out of their style comfort zone (we promise it’s not that scary!) and embrace this trend without looking like a wannabe red carpet look, here’s how to wear a maxi skirt this fall styles.
The denim skirt
Consider this double denim look your gateway to maxi skirts. It’s chic, casual and easy to recreate. We recommend going to your local thrift store to find the perfect denim top and bottoms, and after a quick trip to the tailor, no one will be able to tell if you’re Gap or Gucci. To avoid impersonating Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001, accessorise the ensemble with chunky sneakers and a pair of sunglasses—you’ll bring sexy back in no time.
The leather skirt
Thanks to Matthieu Blazy, Bottega Veneta’s new Creative Director, leather has never looked or felt lighter and the rest of the industry is following suit. No longer just for a night out or Danny Zuko lookalikes, the luxe material should be your new daytime staple, especially paired with a form-fitting blazer and knee-high boots. Extra style points when you mix sultry earth tones with bright pops of color, as seen on this influencer.
The silk skirt
If the 2020s taught us anything, it has to be imaginative and adaptable. And while that mentality mostly applies to our recurring relationship with pandemic-related lockdowns, it also applies to fashion. So we’ll let you in on a little secret: if you own slip dresses, you already own silk maxi skirts. Just throw a sweater over your dress and you have a new outfit. As the skirt is quite sheer, use a chunky knit to create volume at the top. Mix and match your metals and accessorize them with gold and silver chains for added panache.