Midi hemlines have dominated the skirt scene for years, but times are a-changing. Last year, as the world started to open up again, we saw a meteoric rise—no pun intended—in mini hemlines as fashion devotees reclaimed glamour and reintroduced impracticality into their wardrobes. But what does the future hold for skirts this year? Well, if the S/S 22 runways are anything to go by (spoiler: they are), then maxi hemlines are set to be all the rage.
It’s been a while since maxi skirts were on the style agenda, but as Who What Wear UK’s editor in chief, Hannah Almassi, noted in our bumper trend report, “key brands such as Louis Vuitton and Givenchy [are] backing the cut. There is a Y2K lilt to these hemlines descending, with simple tube styles that fit closer to the ankles being more present than, say, a hippy, tiered cut.”
Her insight is further reinforced by Instagram dwellers, who have been sporting maxi-skirt outfits since, well, September, when designers debuted their collections. Coincidence? There’s no such thing. So how does one assemble maxi-skirt outfits in 2022? I’ve taken some of the finest looks from my favourite influencers, who illustrate this perfectly.
From slinky maxis to those that are best to buy second-hand, scroll on to see seven maxi-skirt outfits I love and rate for 2022.
1. THE BASIC MAXI SKIRT
Style Notes: If in doubt, go back to basics. What could be simpler than a tube skirt? Maxi hemlines make this skirt style look so much more premium. Wear it now with a thin roll-neck top, and then switch in a racer-back vest for summer.
A sound investment if you’re into layering.