Skirts Have Peaked This Year—9 Styles I Keep Seeing Everywhere

You might think that summer is the season of the dress, but we're seeing more and more fashion types forgoing the all-in-one outfit solution in favour of separates, namely skirts. Skirts, you see, are a bit of a novelty right now. While leggings and jeans may have dominated your outfits for the past while, chances are you managed to sneak in wearing a dress or two over that period. After all, choose the right style, and it's almost as (if not more) comfortable than your comfies. 

Skirts never go out of style, but the fact that they require slightly more thought when it comes to styling and don't have the same throw-on ease as dresses do means they can be often overlooked. But no more! Perhaps it's a ripple effect of last year's trouser obsession, during which you likely bolstered your top collection to suit, too, or maybe it's a unified want and need to dress up again, but skirts are not just on the fashion agenda right now—they're at the very top. 

No doubt about it—fashion people have rediscovered their love of skirts, and we have, too, right along with them. But which summer skirt trends are those in the know investing in? We're glad you asked. 

From the new silhouette to note to the fresh new spin on a classic print, there are nine specific summer skirt trends following us everywhere on Instagram right now. Scroll below to see them for yourself, and then shop whichever takes your fancy. 

1. DENIM

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Style Notes: Denim skirts are a key staple for 2023, and given the fact they're just as versatile as your jeans are, it's an investment that will provide a healthy return. 

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2. BALL

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Style Notes: Full silhouettes are a key skirt trend for the season ahead. Kick-started by Prada, whose green taffeta satin midi has been following me around on Instagram lately. There are, however, options to suit any and all budgets. 

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3. MAXI HEMLINES

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Style Notes: Hemlines hit the floor on the runway this season across both skirts and dresses, though it's the former that feels especially prevalent this season. Look for column and straight styles, which will give your outfits subtle '90s energy—a key aesthetic for the season ahead. 

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4. CHECKED

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Style Notes: Florals are always a strong summer style option (more on blooms to come), but checks provide a chic alternative if you want to try something a bit different. From classic gingham to faded plaid, here are some highlights. 

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5. PLISSÉ PLEAT

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Style Notes: Pleated skirts will always be a style mainstay, but if you’re looking for a more of-the-moment alternative, consider investing in a chic micro-pleat midi instead. 

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6. LINEN

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Style Notes: Breathable and forever elegant, linen skirts are back in a big way for summer. Opt for an ecru shade for maximum wearability, or, if brighter hues are more your thing, might I turn your attention to Jacquemus’s bubblegum-pink offering?

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7. SARONG

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Style Notes: You don’t need to have a beach holiday booked in order to wear a sarong. This season, this easy wrap silhouette is perhaps the most in-demand skirt shape going. 

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8. BOLD FLORAL

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Style Notes: Floral prints always make a comeback in the warmer months, and for 2023, it’s all about ultra-bright colour palettes and almost retro bloom motifs. 

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9. PELMET

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Style Notes: Miniskirts made a major comeback last year, and we say put your investment to good use! Simple, pelmet-style skirts continue to be popular amongst fashion folks, most likely due to their endless versatility. 

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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next Up: The 9 Most Expensive-Looking Pieces on the High Street This Week

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.