The Barely There Trend That Will Be Everywhere in 2021

There was a definite attitude of "bare all” on the S/S 21 runways with a whole new set of "naked” trends that are set to be big next year. Among them, the micro miniskirt trend—the one I’ll be adopting into my wardrobe first. To me, this feels like one of the most wearable, so it’s no surprise that it’s already hugely popular among the fashion set.

What makes the micro miniskirt trend different than ones we’ve seen in the past is this season’s super-short hemlines, often accompanied by a low-rise waistline, which makes these the tiniest skirts I’ve seen in recent memory. If you’re already on board with the barely there trend like I am, here, I’m highlighting the best runway looks and outfits from fashion insiders to inspire you. I’m certainly taking styling notes for how I’ll be wearing mine. And don't worry, I've included my edit of micro miniskirts to shop right now.

On the runway:

There is no denying the major statement micro miniskirts made on recent runways. Spotted everywhere from Miu Miu to Attico to LaQuan Smith, designer's are crowning this an essential trend for the season ahead.


(Image credit: Courtesy of David Koma)

Pictured: David Koma S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Miu Miu)

Pictured: Miu Miu S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh)

Pictured: Maryam Nassir Zadeh S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of LaQuan Smith)

Pictured: LaQuan Smith S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini)

Pictured: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Attico)

Pictured: Attico P/F 21


Pictured: Giambattista Valli S/S 21

On Instagram:

I'm already finding plenty of inspiration for who to wear micro miniskirts from the fashion set on Instagram. Whether it's paired with a cropped tee, a button-down top, an oversize blazer, or a cardigan, there are so many fashion-forward ways to style the must-buy piece. This trend is definitely primed for Instagram, so I'm expecting to see it popping up much more in the coming months.


(Image credit: @annelauremais)

Pictured: Dior shirt; Amina Muaddi heels


(Image credit: @champagnemani)


(Image credit: @emilisindlev)

Pictured: H&M skirt; Prada heels


(Image credit: @aminamuaddiofficial)

Pictured: Amina Muaddi x AWGE Flacko Sandals ($1550)


(Image credit: @giuliatordini)


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Pictured: Chanel shoes


(Image credit: @chloepierreldn)

On the market:

We're seeing everything from bold jewel tones to jersey skirts to ruched leather versions, so you'll be sure to find a micro mini that will fit into your wardrobe.

Next, read about the It-bag that will be everywhere next month.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.