January 30, 2023

Midi hemlines have dominated the skirt scene for years, but times are a-changing. Last year, as the world started to open up again, we saw a meteoric rise—no pun intended—in mini hemlines as fashion devotees reclaimed glamour and reintroduced impracticality into their wardrobes. But what does the future hold for skirts this year? Well, if the S/S 22 runways are anything to go by (spoiler: they are), then maxi hemlines are set to be all the rage.

It’s been a while since maxi skirts were on the style agenda, but as Who What Wear UK’s editor in chief, Hannah Almassi, noted in our bumper trend report, “key brands such as Louis Vuitton and Givenchy [are] backing the cut. There is a Y2K lilt to these hemlines descending, with simple tube styles that fit closer to the ankles being more present than, say, a hippy, tiered cut.”

Her insight is further reinforced by Instagram dwellers, who have been sporting maxi-skirt outfits since, well, September, when designers debuted their collections. Coincidence? There’s no such thing. So how does one assemble maxi-skirt outfits in 2022? I’ve taken some of the finest looks from my favourite influencers, who illustrate this perfectly.

From slinky maxis to those that are best to buy second-hand, scroll on to see seven maxi-skirt outfits I love and rate for 2022.

1. THE BASIC MAXI SKIRT

Maxi Skirt Outfits: @tylynnnguyen wears a navy maxi skirt

Style Notes: When I think of leather skirts, mini hemlines always spring to mind, but designers are already a step ahead, serving up full-length iterations. I like how Lucy has styled hers with a crop top, which gives some respite from the thickness of the fabric. 

Shop the look:
Bottega Veneta Cropped Knitted Sweater
Bottega Veneta
Cropped Knitted Sweater
£760

The perfect cropped knit. 

Maison Bengal Hand Woven Jute Bag
Maison Bengal
Hand Woven Jute Bag
£45

A bag that looks good and does good for its local community. 

Staud Laurel Vegan Leather Maxi Skirt
Staud
Laurel Vegan Leather Maxi Skirt
£300

It’s not often that you come across fishtail skirts, but I really rate this one. 

Next Up, Spring/Summer 2022 Trends: The Only 17 Looks You Need to Know About