Well, there’s no skirting the issue: Maxi skirts are trending, much to the chagrin of summer minis everywhere. The likes of the viral itty-bitty Miu Miu micro mini have been swapped for the modest long skirt, with the denim maxi as the Y2K-esque piece leading the resurgence. (You can read more about how R29’s Fashion Direct Irina Grechko styles the denim maxi skirt here.) While the floor-grazing skirt trend is indeed a surprising twist — the spring and summer months are generally about lightening up on layers, after all — the look is far from dowdy or matronly. Some of the key styles we’re seeing across the board include flouncy wraparound skirts, long skirts that cosplay as cargo pants, satiny silk maxis that look pulled from the sleepwear drawer, and tiered A-lines that are remnants of the cottagecore era.
While, technically, long skirts are defined as “maxi” if the hem reaches the ankle (midi would be somewhere in between the ankle and knee, and minis anything above the knee), the person who actually determines what makes a skirt maxi- or midi-length is the wearer. So, for the purposes of this shopping roundup (and because legs come in all lengths and sizes), we are including true maxi skirts as well as long-ish midi skirts for our fellow petite readers. Ahead, find 23 of the best maxi skirts for spring and summer.
A sarong-style maxi is a great way to dip your toe into the long skirt trend.
For a maxi skirt with flounce and movement, we recommend one that wraps around.
To modernize the maxi denim skirt look, wear it at the hips and paired with a crop top.
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Keep the boho spirit alive with a fluttery A-line tiered maxi.
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H&M Long Jersey Skirt, $17.99
A maxi has a way of making any outfit look more put-together, even if it’s made from a super-stretchy jersey fabric.
When worn with an old, worn-out tee, a metallic or super-shiny maxi can look casual.
When cargo pants reconstruct as a skirt.
Long slip skirts have entered the chat — and they’re here to stay.
Don’t sleep on long printed skirts.
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The cottagecore trend has taken a turn for the best — the sheer overlay on this tiered skirt has certainly awakened the “nap dress.”
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Zara Mesh Midi Skirt, $49.50
This see-through crochet maxi provides plenty of ventilation.
Reformation Lucy Skirt, $198
This pinstripe maxi skirt takes the classic men’s button-up office shirt and spins it into something far more chic.
Ditsy florals + long skirt = ’90s grunge-era dreams.
Be sure to add a mesh maxi to your wardrobe — it’s an all-seasons staple you can easily dress up or down for any occasion.
Pack a punch with a denim maxi skirt with more pockets than you’ll need.
If you’re on the fringe…
Hervé Léger Sheer Layered Ruffled Maxi Skirt, $990 $297
This skirt is one clever way you can wear both a mini and a maxi at the same time.
The texture on this satin slip skirt immediately takes the look from the (bed)sheets to the streets.
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“Free the leg!” says this floral printed maxi skirt.
This ribbed maxi is like a sweater but for your legs.
Don’t shy away from the statement maxi.
The pleated skirt has really gone to great lengths.
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Twirl yourself happy with a fluttery, ballet-inspired long skirt.
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