We're a few weeks into summer weather, and if you're anything like me, a sartorial refresh is due. Since the temperatures climbed past 20 degrees at the start of June, I've been trying to stay cool by living in the breeziest pieces in my wardrobe. If an item I own is made of linen or features short sleeves, you bet it's become my go-to. But as someone who has a low tolerance for the heat (not that I'm complaining—keep the sun coming!), I've definitely been prioritising comfort over style lately, and I want to achieve both as we head into July.
So, I'm throwing myself in the deep end and trying out something pretty new to me: skirts. While wide-leg trousers and jeans populate the bulk of our bottoms-focused stories, we're also keenly aware that skirts have become a fashion crowd favourite over the past year. Personally, I've been hesitant to jump on board with the various skirt trends—most recently, denim maxis and crochet midis have swarmed our Instagram feeds—because I associate this clothing category with my teens, which I spent pulling down too-short H&M tube skirts on the regular. At this point, though, I've spotted so many chic skirt outfits that I can no longer resist.
They're also a sophisticated solution to the challenges of heatwave dressing. That's why influencers like Monikh Dale, Lucy Williams and Who What Wear editor Aniyah Morina (among many, many others) are all turning to skirts to keep them looking polished despite the humid climes. See their effortless looks below, then shop the key pieces you'll need to re-create them.
1. Baby Tee + Linen Skirt + Loafers
Style Notes: Use a shrunken tee to balance out the proportions of a longline skirt, then go the unexpected route with a pair of chunky loafers (though sandals will also work).
2. Bright Tank Top + Denim Skirt + Chunky Sandals
Style Notes: We fell back in love with denim skirts in 2022, and our feelings are just as strong one year on. As this is a heavy fabrication, keep things light and bright on the top half with a colour-pop tank.
3. Linen Co-Ord + Flip-Flops
Style Notes: My current wish list is predominantly made up of linen co-ords, and yes, this Reformation set is on there. A complete skirt outfit, ready to go.
4. Basic Tank Top + Printed Mini + Ankle-Tie Sandals
Style Notes: For super hot days, there's no better option than a mini skirt. Choose one with a summery print and style it simply with a tank top.
5. Relaxed Shirt + Crochet Skirt + Flat Sandals
Style Notes: Whether you're camping at a festival or jetting off to a tropical paradise, a crochet skirt definitely deserves a place in your summer roster.
6. Bandeau Top + Maxi Skirt
Style Notes: When trying out the maxi skirt trend, juxtapose the voluminous shape with a fitted bandeau top. Take note from Jeannine and pull your hair up to let the outfit shine.
7. Cotton Blouse + Silk Slip Skirt
Style Notes: A slip skirt is a year-round essential, but for summer, show some skin with a thigh-split iteration. The milkmaid-style cotton blouse adds a touch of romance.
8. Short-Sleeve Shirt + Bikini Top + Sarong Skirt
Style Notes: For a beach day, a sarong skirt is the ultimate bikini cover-up. We'll be teaming ours with a billowy short-sleeved shirt, like Lucy.
9. Silk Shirt + Pleated Skirt + Trainers
Style Notes: This ensemble gives me "summer in the Hamptons" / tenniscore vibes, and I'm here for it. By pairing pieces in similar tones, you'll achieve a more expensive and cohesive look.