The Best Maxi Skirts Will Make You Forget the Micro Mini

Hemlines are hitting the floor this spring.

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Miuccia Prada cleaved the fashion industry in two when she introduced her controversial cut-off micro-mini skirts on the Spring/Summer 2022 runway. The silhouette had an impact greater than the length of its hemline, causing teeny-tiny mini skirts to top every trend report for several consecutive seasons. Then came Spring 2024, and a total hemline reversal. From Etro's floor-sweeping denim skirts to Brandon Maxwell's lengthy A-lines, the current season's showings suggest that the best maxi skirts are back to usurp the mini.

This season's maxi skirts are the embodiment of streamlined sophistication. They're grounded and suited to real-world dressing, as opposed to a flashy piece worn for Instagram clicks. With insight from Kendall Becker, fashion director at Trendalytics, and Gillian McHattie, lead of Stitch Fix's styling team, Marie Claire breaks down the recent fashion history that brought the maxi skirt back—and selects the 11 best maxi skirts to shop for the revival.

Are Maxi Skirts in Style for 2024?

As Becker tells Marie Claire, there's data backing up the maxi momentum. “According to Trendalytics, the [maxi skirt] is up 18 percent to last year and is most saturated in the luxury market, which is a strong indicator of an emerging trend,” she shares over email.

Moreover, the spring 2024 maxi skirt trend comes at a time in fashion with two aesthetic extremes at play. On one end of the spectrum, there are cutout dresses and see-it-all sheers that operate under a "look at me!" mentality. But on the other end, more demure and humble classics like ballet flats are re-emerging.

Becker says the range of spring 2024's best maxi skirts reflect the split in personal style. In a single season, the trend analyst notes, Ann Demeulemeester offered up sheer maxi skirts, while Dior released ladylike longline styles and Brandon Maxwell designed swingy A-lines with full coverage.

Maxi skirts are only rising in popularity on StitchFix: McHattie reports that 74 percent of clients plan to wear maxi silhouettes in the coming months. The expert theorizes there's more behind the numbers than fluctuating runway trends: "We believe a reason that longer silhouettes are trending could be the Hemline Theory Index, which presumes that popular hemline lengths mirror the shifts in the economy," McHattie offers.

An abridged explanation for those who aren't fashion historians-cum-economists: Hemlines are shorter when the economy's doing well (such as the knee-length flapper skirts in the Roaring Twenties or the flirty miniskirts of the 1960s), but they extend to the shin and below in periods of financial downturn (the Great Depression's floor-length silhouettes, the flowing maxis during the stagflation of the 1970s). Given today's economic turmoil, McHattie believes history could be repeating itself yet again.

Regardless of the why behind it all, the best maxi skirts resonate with every personal style, from laidback and bohemian to experimental and futuristic. Ahead, shop the 11 long skirts worthy of your spring 2024 wardrobe, including picks from Banana Republic, J. Crew, SIR., and more. 

The Best Maxi Skirts

Meet the Fashion Experts

Kendall Becker wears black sunglasses, gold earrings, gold large chain necklaces, a white pearls necklace, a white cropped t-shirt, a white latte oversized blazer jacket, gold rings, high waist brown large wide legs suit pants, gold rings, outside PatBo , during New York Fashion Week, on February 12, 2022 in New York City.
Kendall Becker

Experienced in luxury editorial, trend forecasting, and strategic consulting, Kendall is currently the Fashion Director at Trendalytics as well as a freelance writer for Refinery29, The Zoe Report, LuisaViaRoma, WhoWhatWear, and Coveteur. Prior, she was the Assistant Fashion Director for Women’s RTW at Bloomingdale’s and contributed to global trend forecasting agencies. Plus, she’s a fashion media personality and expert who has been featured in ABC, Cheddar News, Harper’s BAZAAR, GQ, Bustle, Sourcing Journal, Brides, and Vice.

Gillian McHattie
Gillian McHattie

As a Stitch Fix Styling Team Lead, Gillian McHattie brings her fashion-forward expertise, a passion for personalized style, and over 8 years of industry experience to the role. Since joining the organization in November 2020, Gillian has managed and developed 50+ stylists across the Central Region and created informational and engaging content to build community, collaboration, and culture on Stitch Fix styling teams. She also serves as one of Stitch Fix’s brand ambassadors in press interviews, and delivers personalized style takeaways to readers in online editorial coverage.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma Childs is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes trend reports, long-form reported features, and shopping guides. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, and wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.