Some fashion pieces are so essential to a woman’s wardrobe, they simply refuse to go out of style–and, for us, the versatile maxi skirt is at the top of that list.
Over the years, floor-grazing styles have seen a number of transformations. The 1960s and ’70s ushered in floaty printed boho skirts (which, hello, are back in a big way), the ’80s were all about voluminous tulle versions with elastic waistbands, and the ’90s brought with it minimalist column skirts perfected by designers like Calvin Klein and Jil Sander.
Today, we’re lucky that all of the above are considered on-trend, as are slinky maxis updated with thigh-high slits, high-waisted styles that look killer with crop tops and tees, and long denim skirts like the ones we saw float down Chloe’s Spring 2015 runway. The options are pretty much endless, ladies.
It also should be noted that maxi skirts have maintained their position as one of fashion’s most flattering wardrobe staples–and for good reason. No other piece of clothing so cleverly skims the hips and thighs, or–when worn with heels–gives the illusion of legs for days (yes, even on petite frames.)
If you’re still not sold on maxi skirts—or if you just need a refresher course on how to style yours this season—check out these 30 flawless looks.