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No genre of clothing is slept on quite like the summer skirt. Summer tops are an obvious pick—and dresses are just as popular. Summer pants are underrated enough to become a sleeper favorite. And shorts, well, everyone knows summer means shorts. But we—at least, I—tend to get so caught up in all these obvious wares that we bypass one of the clearest MVPs of the season: summer skirts.
Skirts are, without a doubt, one of the most necessary pieces in any summer wardrobe. They’re breezy enough to offset some of summer’s infamous humidity. They’re chic enough to star in your warm-weather Instagrams. And they’re versatile enough to carry you everywhere you need to go. (Key, because who has the mental energy for changing clothes when all of summer delights demand your attention?) Not to mention, summer skirts enable you to show off all those summer tops you just stocked up on; sure, you loaded up on one-piece ensembles—like dresses, jumpsuits and rompers—but summer’s shirt selection was too incredible to exclude separates from your sartorial calculus entirely.
I’d be lying if I said summer skirts were the first thing—or honestly, even the third thing—on my mind when it came to re-upping my seasonal wardrobe. But they’re too vital to ignore. And frankly, this summer’s skirt selection is too straight-up incredible to ignore. Silky midis, bold minis and printed maxis abound. We’re only doing ourselves a disservice if we forgo this opportunity to shop (or at least, window-shop) the stunning array of summer skirts on offer right now. Still don’t have a case of summer skirt FOMO? Scroll down, and get back to me.
Fruity. Floral. Delightful.
A classic slip skirt, rendered in a surprising (and entirely fun) shade.
Striped and sequined.
Because floral prints don’t (and shouldn’t) just disappear the moment spring does.
A satin skirt for the fan of structure.
Need to make animal prints summer-friendly? Render them in a fun AF shade.
Summer polka dots are absolutely happening.
More fringe, please.
For the shopper who loves button-downs so much they crave them in skirt form.
Fodder for your next vacation Instagram (or your next night out ensemble).
Fringe-hemmed leather skirts are basically always a good idea.
A tie-dye skirt that doesn’t feel basic—or obvious.
A pencil skirt that won’t leave you feeling totally constricted.
Perfect for days spent at the pool (or days spent dreaming about the pool).
Sleek enough to add to your 9-to-5 rotation.
Far from your average animal print skirt.
A subdued—but still veritably vibrant—take on tie-dye.
The more summer polka dots, the merrier.
Tie-dye and tiered? Be still my trend-loving heart.
Because everything looks better when rendered in millennial pink—even snakeskin (which was already pretty great to begin with).
Sure to play well with anything in your closet.
Because when one has the opportunity to buy millennial pink, fringe-covered anything, one takes it.
A skirt that is both shiny and covered in palm trees. This is what dreams are made of.
A decidedly edgy approach to summer’s tie-dye trend.
A skirt, crafted with the fan of overalls in mind.
It’s officially socially acceptable to wear sequin-covered fringe everywhere you go this summer.
More fun-colored snakeskin. Because it’s too absolutely adorable to pass up.
For the person who loves tropical prints so much they can’t choose between palm leaves and bananas.
A surprisingly fresh take on paisley.
An anything-but-average denim pencil skirt worth adding to your closet, stat.
Tie-dye or dreamy clouds? You tell me.
A floral that acts like a tropical print—needless to say, I’m on board.
Because everyone needs a go-to maxi—and this is a particularly fun one.
Nothing says “summer” like a tropical print wrap skirt.
A mini that doesn’t feel dangerously short.
Genuinely obsessed with this textured slip skirt.
Basically a work of art in skirt form.
Comfy, edgy and silky—all at once.
No clue what to call this print, but I’m certain it’s adorable.
Love a striped slip skirt. (Especially one this colorful.)
Ruffles are on the 2019 trends menu, after all.
Leave it to Alice + Olivia to rethink this season’s patchwork trend.
Basically a wrap skirt you don’t have to tie yourself.
Love a slit. Love a ruffle. Love millennial pink anything.
These rainbow striped skirts are too damn cute to pass up.
A textile so fun you’ll be running your hands over your skirt all day long.
The enduring slip skirt silhouette, rendered in a seriously fresh print.
Nothing like a denim skirt come summer, am I right?
A slip dress, designed with the fan of separates in mind.
More summer animal prints, please.
The butterflies feel aughts-reminiscent without skewing too on-the-nose.
Another hot pink silk skirt, because you deserve options.
A floral skirt to buy for summer and wear well into fall (maybe even winter, too).
The easiest way to make cord work for summer? Render it in fuchsia.
The more summer-friendly ways to wear animal print, the better, right?
Buying this and styling it exactly like so.
Love a tiger print, no matter what silhouette it’s occupying.
Leather definitely works for summer when it’s rendered in millennial pink.
Long live the summer wrap skirt.
A tropical print with enough abstraction to feel fresh.
Perfect for your next vacation—and your next vacation Instagram.
Animal print slip skirts are, clearly, having a moment.
Drawstring skirts are chronically underrated.
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A version of this story was originally published in April 2019. Updated July 2019.