Maxi Skirts Are Back, and I'm So Into It

As I write this story at my desk in our NYC office, I can't help but hear Bob Dylan's 1964 hit "The Times They Are A-Changin'" echo through my head (where it will play on loop for the next week or so). While Dylan's anthem was written for much more pressing matters than hemlines, it does seem to apply here nonetheless.

After years of our collective "exposed ankles or bust" mentality, skirts (like pants) are getting longer this season. I like to think it’s partly thanks to Paco Rabanne and the wanderlust-inspired style it has helped to usher in for S/S 19, alongside its signature chain mail, but it would be foolish to attribute it to any one label in particular. Rather, it’s a collective of brands that have helped put maxi skirts back on an upward trajectory.

For this reason, my inclinations tell me that this is only the beginning of a long maxi-skirt streak, but since I know our readers like to be ahead of the curve, I’ve rounded up the coolest styles for you to shop today. Just keep scrolling to see the trend in action.

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It's easy to play it safe when styling animal print, but taking risks (like the above choice of a tangerine tank) can be seriously worth it.

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Like I said before, Paco Rabanne is seriously killing it in this category right now.

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Aimee Song's matching set situation is festival-approved but can also work for summer parties with a simple shoe swap.

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Rosetta Getty's minimalist silhouette is perfectly contrasted by its bright hue.

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Like with midi skirts, maxi styles are the perfect canvas for layering endlessly.

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For your next wedding guest outfit, why not try a maxi skirt set instead of your go-to dress?

Up next: 27 summer shoes that are under $200 but look over $500.

Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour
Senior Market Editor

Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently senior market editor. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.