Maxi Skirts Are Back, and These 7 Outfit Formulas Make Them Look Chic

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

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@tylynnnguyen

Style Notes: If in doubt, go back to basics. What could be simpler than a tube skirt? Maxi hemlines make this skirt style look so much more premium. Wear it now with a thin roll-neck top, and then switch in a racer-back vest for summer. 

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A sound investment if you’re into layering. 

Ultra-thin strappy sandals can be hard to walk in, but the clever block heel will make it easy. 

2. THE CHECKED MAXI SKIRT

Maxi Skirt Outfits: @yoyokulala wears a checked maxi skirt

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@yoyokulala

Style Notes: Full circle skirts aren’t just fun for twirling in; they also create a beautiful silhouette—one that’s made all the more impactful in a maxi length. Checked styles feel particularly on-trend, tapping into the cottagecore aesthetic that always comes back again in spring. Just add a broderie blouse and lace-up boots.

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This will look so beautiful tucked into skirts and jeans alike. 

I’ve seen so many great preloved maxi skirts on Etsy. 

3. THE SPLIT MAXI SKIRT

Maxi Skirt Outfits: @fisayolonge wears a black maxi skirt

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@fisayolonge

Style Notes: The thing I love most about co-ords is how easy they make it to assemble an outfit, so why not consider buying into two-pieces with maxi hemlines. If you’re petite and worried about being swathed in fabric, look for maxi skirts with side splits. 

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I’m eyeing this two-piece for 2022 weddings. 

Give your wares a new lease on life with a bright bag. 

The ruching on this skirt feels so high-end. 

4. THE COLUMN MAXI SKIRT

Style Notes: With an untucked top, trainers, and shoulder bag, this is how I predict fashion girls will be styling their maxi skirts for the next few months. Look for column-style skirts like Camille’s for a modern take on the trend. 

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So many of our editors own this versatile knit. 

5. THE PLEATED MAXI SKIRT

Maxi Skirt Outfits: @frannfyne wears a grey pleated maxi skirt

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@frannfyne

Style Notes: Pleated skirts never truly go out of style, but after falling quiet over the past couple of years, they’re fast becoming a 2022 must-have. And yes, there are plenty of maxi options out there, too—I love how Franny gives hers a downtime spin with retro-feeling trainers. 

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That’s a lot of coat for the money. 

A skirt that you can wear just as easily to the office as you can for dinners out. 

New Balance trainers have never been more in-demand than they are now. 

6. THE TULLE MAXI SKIRT

Maxi Skirt Outfits: @monikh wears a tulle maxi skirt

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@monikh

Style Notes: Between the ballet and maxi trends that were evident on the S/S 22 runways, it was inevitable that tulle skirts would make a reappearance for the season ahead. Make like Monikh and pair yours with an oversized jumper now, then basic jersey tops once temperatures heat up. 

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A classy way to inject some colour into your wardrobe. 

Our team is obsessed with this Raey number. 

These shoes will go with everything you own. 

7. THE LEATHER 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. 

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

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

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