Skirts are the ideal wardrobe essential for the 2016 woman. No matter what your personality – sweet and understated, sporty tomboy or bold and daring – you’ll find a skirt and top combo to suit your innate fashion sensibilities.
The classic combination of a skirt and top can’t be beaten. Paired together, the duo is timeless, chic and best of all, easy to put together. We’ve rounded up the latest trends in skirts and shown you how to style them into creative, fashionable ensembles – no stylist required!
Also check a big list of inspiring wrap skirt ideas.
1. Pale and interesting
Olivia Palermo takes pale and diaphanous to an ethereal new layer. Looking bright and breezy, the New York socialite wows in a soft white button-down blouse paired with a pale pink maxi skirt with thigh-high slit. Polishing off the low-key look are trendy sunglasses, skinny tan belt and flat ballet pumps.
2. Denim does it
Olivia Palermo once again shows us the fashion way forward. The lesson here? Denim on denim is a definite do! The pint-sized fashionista is chic and trendy with a denim button-down blouse casually rolled up at the sleeves. The slim-fitting denim skirt has a front slit, adding length to the legs and drawing the eye down to her nude strappy sandals. But the real trick here is her clever way of looping her belt.
3. Denim, switched up
Still on the topic of denim, few fabrics are as versatile or as trendy as this durable material. Switch up a chambray denim top, as seen here on actress Jamie Chung, by wearing it with a black midi-length skirt. Pleats are very en vogue right now – the finer, the better. Jamie accessorizes her look here with animal prints of all kinds – zebra print on her handbag and sandals along with tortoiseshell sunglasses.
4. Leather gone luxe
Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows us how to play down the leather look. While her skirt may be short and skintight, her top is loose-fitting and casual. She plays with different textures creating a look that is edgy, urban and bang on trend.
5. Glitter & glam
Take on the 70s disco trend head on. We’ve already covered the must-have denim chambray shirt. For this look, pair it with a sparkly pencil skirt adorned in sequins, just like actress and style blogger, Ashley Madekwe. She completes her look with stiletto heels by YSL.
6. Make a statement
Casting a throwback to yesteryear, the latest way to accessorize your favorite patterned skirt is with a quirky statement t-shirt. Whether you’re saying “hello” or “holy chic”, make sure you get in on the fun trend – as seen here worn with a red and gray graphic skirt and strappy high heeled sandals.
7. Crop season
Celebrate the warmer weather in style with an outfit bursting with accents of spring. A halterneck midriff top with a deep V-neck is fitted and feminine worn with a full midi skirt adorned in bright bird-life. Tan open-toed sandals polish off the chic inner-city ensemble.
8. Pattern perfect
Don’t be shy to show off your quirky, creative side. Skirts in bold, daring colors and patterns highlight your personality and fun, adventurous side. Wear a bold, bright skirt like this one paired with a light silk camisole in a color that accents one of the shades in your matching skirt. Worn with slinky heeled sandals, the effect is cool and captivating.
9. Fitted & flirty
If you’ve got the figure to flaunt it, go for it! A short figure-hugging mini skirt in a funky geometric pattern looks gorgeous paired with a simple midriff in basic black. The look can be dressed up or down with either flat leather sandals or stiletto high heels.
10. City slicker
Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel knows a thing or two about street style dressing – if you’re running errands, keep things light and comfortable. Her look here is easy and effortless as she wears a full beige skirt along with a simple white T-shirt and flat thong sandals.
11. Girl about town
Actress-of-the-moment Priyanka Chopra wears a color that is flattering on just about every skin tone – navy blue. Her look is feminine and ultra-sexy, as she pairs a lace-up top with a velvet mini skirt. The thick leather belt adds a beautiful silhouette to her eye-catching ensemble.
12. Creative chic
Here’s another nod to the patterned skirt. If you thought a bold patterned skirt couldn’t be versatile, consider pairing it with an unexpected textured top. This colorful skirt shines alongside a crisp white chiffon top complete with pleats and cuffed sleeves.
13. Model magic
Model Lily Aldridge shows us a softer side to leather. Spotted here at a Vanity Fair luncheon in Los Angeles, she shows off the very on-trend off-the-shoulder style top adorned with a delicate flower pattern. With her hair pulled back in prairie braids, her look is part-girly, part-edgy.
14. Going all black
Woman makes black on black work beautifully by pairing a pencil skirt with a sleek and simple black knitted top.
15. Nineties notions
We love it when trends from the past make stylish comebacks, like the trusty denim button-up skirt from the 90s. Here model Sam Rollinson funks up the Spring/Summer 2016 shows in New York as she styles the denim staple with a funky printed tee straight from the psychedelic 70s. To round off the look? Classic Converse All Stars, of course.
16. Sporty spice
This look is smart and chick, and baseball cap adds some sporty feel. A nice combination.
17. Studded style
Fashion’s Danish It girl, Nina Agdal, shows us how to soften up one of the fall/winter season’s hottest looks – leather. Spotted at New York Fashion Week, the statuesque stunner rocked a studded leather bomber jacket paired perfectly with a flared black mini skirt.
18. Green supreme
Continuing on the green trend from the fall/winter season, the earthy shade makes its way into the warmer months too. Danish style blogger Pernille Teisbaek lit up Paris Fashion Week wearing green from head to toe – a leather skirt with sporty ruching around the waistline and a quirky long-sleeved top with an interesting zip neckline. But it’s the must-have item she’s holding in her hands that has caught our eye – the Leowulff clutch purse in sexy baron green.
19. Sleeveless wonder
Fashion blogger Aimee Song integrates two big trends into one standout look. Snapped outside the Christian Dior show at Paris Fashion Week, the fashionista is ravishing in a plaid miniskirt beautifully offset against the basic black of her sleeveless double-breasted fitted gilet. Block heel patent leather boots round off the sleek street style look.
20. Training day
Having a casual day? Make like Miroslava Duma and pull out your favorite sneakers to keep you comfortable while running errands. Here the Russian style icon wears Nike Tennis Classic leather sneakers to accessorize her easy daytime outfit – a graphic printed skirt in cobalt blue, white T-shirt and black leather waistcoat.
21. Patchwork pretty
Jennifer Lawrence steals the spotlight wherever she goes. Walking the red carpet at CinemaCon this year, it was no different. Simply dazzling in an Altuzarra silver embellished patchwork skirt, the actress kept her look understated in a simple black tank top and beaded sandals by Sophia Webster.