It sometimes might seem that modern celebrity style is veering more and more in the direction of menswear-inspired, androgynously hip looks—boyfriend jeans, track shorts, and oversized button-ups are all having a moment in the sun. But there’s at least one piece that’s the ultra-girly diamond in the rough, and it’s been completely embraced by stylesetters and fashionable celebrities alike: the full skirt.
Our love for the style is well documented; everyone from Jessica Alba to Alexa Chung is wearing this key silhouette, and their impeccable ability to stylishly pull it off inspired us to take another look at the trend, and decipher the best ways to wear it.
Scroll down for six ways to style the feminine staple this summer, and 9 chic skirts to shop now!
Because of its volume, a full skirt defaults to being the central piece of any outfit. Add in a bright print, like this floral style from Topshop, and the piece packs a lot of punch. For maximum pop, complement it with accessories and a blouse in solid shades.
Topshop Scuba Midi Skirt ($96)
The Alba-approved skirt in a scuba fabrication is as high-quality as it is pretty.
If there’s one style and shape that lends itself to successfully mixing prints, it’s a full skirt. Stick to more painterly prints for the skirt (like this one from Lela Rose), and minimalistic ones on top—the eye will still be drawn to the bold pattern on bottom, while the subtler one on top makes for great backup.
Karen Millen Printed Full Skirt ($169)
The paintstroke-inspired print on this skirt adds a modern feel to a classic black-and-white color combination.
Tibi Fiore Di Cactus Full Skirt ($298)
A desert theme is hot, no matter your climate.
Traditionally, full skirts are midi-length, hitting just below the knee or at the middle of the calf. But skater skirts that hit at your upper thigh can be just as stylish and feminine—plus, they amp up the sex appeal. Wear a more modest blouse on top and pair the skirt with a pair of flat sandals or short, stacked loafers for a more modern approach.
Express High-Waist Cotton Full Skirt ($50)
The short hem on this black skirt takes it from basic to ultra-sexy.
Ted Baker Lotussi Botanical Bloom Full Skirt ($238)
A more minimalistic approach to a floral print is always a good tactic.
Another super-popular trend at the moment is the matching set—and it works perfectly with a full skirt. Look for a set with a bra top to highlight the thinnest part of your torso—but it also looks stylish with a longer top, only teasing a small sliver of skin.
Sami Gayle in Diane von Furstenberg
Carven Multi Silk Floral Full Skirt ($510)
The easy, breezy silk fabric of this skirt means its full body will be very pretty in a gust of wind.
If you’re not into separates, no worries: there’s a reason pretty much every brand features a solid offering of fit-and-flare dresses—the style is flattering to many, many different body types. Pick one that’s fitted on the top, cinches in to highlight your natural waist—the smallest part of every woman’s body—then flares out at your hips. Take a cue from Alexa Chung, seen here in Christian Dior.
MSGM Floral & Marble-Print Satin Full-Skirt Dress ($990)
The architectural structure on this iridescent dress takes it from a tad cheesy to very modern.
If you’re tired of prints or just don’t feel they’re your thing, a full skirt (or full-skirted dress) also makes for a great central piece in an all-one-color outfit. Stick to light shades for this fun take on the trend—white, cream, and nude are the most ladylike options.
Kate Bosworth in Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo
J.Crew Collection Laser-Cut Midi Skirt ($250)
You really can't go wrong with a sweet, laser-cut midi skirt in a delicate white fabric.
Girls on Film Midi Full Skirt ($60)
Pair this pop of bright red with a top in the same shade to make a monochromatic statement.