Photo:Getty Images/Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini; Fendi; Acne Studios
I'm just going to say it: Skirts don't get enough attention. Trousers and jeans are talked about constantly, as are dresses and even shorts. But skirts? No. They're left to reside at the bottom of the sartorial food chain, worn frequently but never spotlighted.
But as someone who goes to no wardrobe item more than her skirts—long ones, short ones, denim ones, and leather ones—I feel it's imperative that we discuss the oft-unmentioned silhouette and start giving it the kind of recognition it deserves. To begin, let's look at the six skirt trends that will shape our wardrobes in 2022, straight off the S/S 22 runways. From micro minis at Prada and Miu Miu to see-through styles at Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Fendi, this year's skirt selection is worthy of a top spot on the fashion pyramid. And once you've shopped them all, I have a good feeling that you'll agree.
Photo:Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst; Saint Laurent
It felt like forever that midi-length dresses reigned supreme, with brands like Reformation and Rouje debuting cult-favorite styles in the late 2010s. According to the S/S 22 shows, though, the midi skirt has been replaced with something a little longer. Showcased at Gabriela Hearst, Peter Do, and Saint Laurent (to name a few), maxi skirts are most certainly having a moment right now.
Photo:Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst
Photo:Courtesy of Peter Do
Photo:Courtesy of Saint Laurent
Photo:Courtesy of Miu Miu; Fendi by Versace
Another trending length for 2022? Micro minis, and when we say micro, we mean it. Spotted at Prada, Miu Miu, and Fendi by Versace, as well as at Blumarine and Missoni, teeny-tiny skirts might be small in size, but they're making a huge impact on the fashion landscape right now.
Photo:Courtesy of Prada
Photo:Courtesy of Miu Miu
Photo:Courtesy of Fendi; Maryam Nassir Zadeh
If 2021 was the year of the naked dress, 2022 is the year of the naked skirt. Following appearances at Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Fendi, and Chanel, we're betting big on the super-sheer skirt trend for spring and beyond. *Buys underwear that's actually cute.*
Photo:Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Photo:Courtesy of Lanvin; Valentino
If you thought micro minis were bold, just wait until you see the slits featured in this season's skirt selection. Showcased on mini-, midi-, and maxi-length styles, S/S 22's sliced-up skirts aren't for the faint of heart. But then again, what fun would they be if they were?
Photo:Courtesy of Valentino
Photo:Courtesy of Lanvin
Photo:Courtesy of Acne Studios
Photo:Rejina Pyo; Acne Studios
Be they inspired by prep-school uniforms or upscale garden parties, this season's array of pleated skirts, both mini and maxi, is a step above any I, personally, have seen before. Elevated with bright colors, eye-catching fabrics, and interesting silhouettes at Rejina Pyo, Brandon Maxwell, and Sandy Liang, pleated skirts got one hell of a refresh for 2022.
Photo:Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell
Photo:Courtesy of Sandy Liang
Photo:Courtesy of Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini/GettyImages; Versace
Seeking out a way to take low-rise to the next level? Look no further than the hip dip, a skirt trend that involves waistlines that give more than just a sneak peek at your lower hips—it displays them completely. Seen at Versace (on Emily Ratajkowski no less), Balmain, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, this hip-baring silhouette is giving low-rise bottoms a run for their money.
Photo:Courtesy of Versace