The last five or so years have seen midis dominate the skirt stakes, manifesting in everything from slinky, '90s-inspired slips (remember that sellout Topshop style?) to form-fitted knitted styles (#lockdownlife), but 2022 is set to bring a more eclectic selection of skirt silhouettes to the fore, and we couldn't be more excited. The S/S 22 runways were awash with a plethora of skirt trends: Nanushka experimented with a throwback maxi-skirt-over-trousers pairing, while Miu Miu opted for preppier pleats that had a definitive school-days spin.
Of course, we also have to acknowledge the storming return of the miniskirt, with Prada sending out silken minis styled with oversized leather biker jackets and COS adding an edge to its black minis with knee-high boots. There's also a generous offering of statement fabrics to balance out the minimalist offering, and we can't stop thinking about the high-shine vinyl of Gucci's new-season kilt and the pea-green hues that dominated Arket's collaboration with Pia Wallén. Just add a colour-match knit now then swap in a white T-shirt come spring.
So if you're on the lookout for some new-season skirt inspo, scroll down to see and shop our edit of the styles we expect to be big this year.
1. The '90s Maxi
Photo:Nanushka S/S 22
Channel your inner '90s rom-com leading lady with a clean-lined maxi. Wear now with heeled boots and layered over colour-match trousers à la Nanushka. Then swap in platform flip-flops and a tank top come summer.
2. The Asymmetric Skirt
Photo:Jil Sander SS22
From Loewe's dramatic wrap number to A.W.A.K.E. Mode's multi-level hemline, asymmetric cuts are having a moment. Style with a basic knit, and let the skirt do the talking.
4. The Black Mini
Miniskirts as a whole are certainly having a moment in the spotlight for 2022, but we have a feeling that the classic black A-line will be a particular hit with the fashion crowd.
5. The Statement Skirt
Photo:Prada S/S 22
Channel your inner maximalist with the plethora of statement-making skirts on offer this year. Expect everything from animal prints to high-shine vinyl. Eclectic has never been cooler.