If there is one thing we will always remember about summer 2022 (the prominence of Crocs aside), it will be the return of the mini. As one Miu Miu micro skirt kicked off a wave of teeny-weeny miniskirts that the street style set took to with great enthusiasm, it wasn't exactly the most wearable trend to make its way off the runway. If you're like me, the mini wasn't top of your wish list in summer, and I have good news for you. There's another hero hemline this autumn, and it's the antidote to the micro mini. The modest maxi may look simple and elegant, but it is anything but boring.
From ACNE Studios to Alaïa, Chanel to Givenchy, sweeping black maxi dresses dominated the autumn collections, and unlike the other great seasonal trends that we've had to wait to be filtered down to the high street, it's shoppable now. In fact, you may already have one in your wardrobe (extra points if it's the viral Skims dress that all of our editors are obsessed with).
Although the little black dress used to be the easy go-to for any occasion, the long black dress is steadily taking over as the chicer, grown-up way to dress, and any trend that doesn't require a rigorous head-to-toe grooming routine already scores highly with me. It's versatile (easily dressed up for evening with heels or worn casual with chunky flatforms), it's flattering (all sizes will appreciate the figure-skimming fit), and it's affordable (even the high-street versions look expensive in the way that only all black can).
HOW THE FASHION SET ARE WEARING LONG BLACK DRESSES
Style Notes: Believe it or not, Cassandra's floor-length maxi is from H&M, proof that you don't need to spend four figures to get the most expensive-looking black dresses.
Style Notes: Make a black dress festival ready with chunky black boots and all-black accessories.
Style Notes: One of the greatest pros of the LBD is its versatility, and a long-sleeved jersey dress can be worn for evening with strappy stilettos.
Style Notes: Straps, ruching, cut-outs… The more, the merrier. Interesting detailing makes simple dresses stand out.
Style Notes: Another high-street hit, Linda's Mango dress is a lesson in how to make black outfits work with minimal accessorising. Just swap sandals for black knee-high boots for autumn.
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