This Trend Changed My Winter Outfit Rotation, and Now It's All I Want to Wear


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Dressing for the cold means breaking out a lot of fun fashion things: fur-lined boots, heavy-duty coats, obnoxiously oversize scarves… The list goes on. But until very recently, skirts were notably missing from my winter wardrobe. Yes, stockings and tights do exist, but sometimes, dealing with runs and nicks leads to more hassle than relief. And honestly, neither comes close to matching the insulating capacity of actually wearing pants. Thank goodness the widespread revival of maxi skirts has led me to better options. 

Thinking back, I've never really given them the credit they deserved—midi skirts have dominated my closet since 2013. Now that I'm firmly aboard the floor-length-skirt train (Saint Laurent is largely to blame), my winter outfit rotation has changed dramatically. My November to March outfits aren't only relegated to pants and their many forms. Style a long skirt with tights and knee boots and you have triple the protection against the chill. The annoyance of cold legs during a walk around the city is no longer a factor.

For all of the stylish maxi skirts making a difference in my winter style, keep scrolling below. Also included are enviable outfits and a few staples they go really well with. (Hint, hint: knee boots and cropped sweaters.)

How People Are Wearing Winter Maxi Skirts


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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.