This year has been all about statement items — daring pieces of clothing that act as the main event of your outfit — and this season, skirts seem to be making the biggest splash.
Bright colours, loud prints and even shiny metallics are at the forefront of all those Instagram #OOTDs (that’s Outfit Of The Day, if you don’t speak Insta). The best part? Pick the right larger-than-life skirt and your outfit will speak for itself.
Whether you opt to pair a crisp blouse with your skirt, or throw on a basic white tee and jean jacket for a more casual look, a good statement skirt will make any outfit pop. Here are some of our favourites.
10 types of statement skirt, and how to pull them off
Tie it with a knotThe key to a good statement skirt is structure -- and nothing structures a skirt quite like a big knot. Knots add depth, and tie a look together so to speak. A skirt with a dynamic knot or geometric detailing will do all the talking for you.
Oria Wrap Mini Skirt, $64 at Storets; Knotted Pencil Skirt, $30 at Dynamite; High Waisted Self-Tie Front Mini Skirt, $50 at Express. Storets, Dynamite, Express
FringeWhat can we say -- festival season is upon us. While fringe may be an acquired taste, it adds both edge and texture to an outfit.
Ivano Fringe Skirt, $138 at Storets; Cerys Woven Suedette Tassle Mini Skirt, $20 at Boohoo; Clover Fringe Mini Skirt, $158 at Revolve. Storets, Boohoo, Revolve
SkortsThe flow and femininity of a skirt, but the comfort of shorts. Regardless of the material or print, a good skort is perfect for dressing up and down.
Hula Hideout Mini Skort, $103 at Free People; Joanna Dark Floral Skort, $37 at Boohoo; Alice Ruffle Detail Skort, $32 at Boohoo. Free People, Boohoo, ASOS
LaceThe best thing about lace is that it can be as subtle or intricate as you choose.
Sunny Lace Skirt, $93 at Loft; Malabar Lace Mini Skirt, $194 at Free People; Camilla Lace Skirt, $78 at Nordstrom Rack. Free People, Loft, Nordstrom Rack
DenimThe denim skirt is a closet staple -- light washed, dark washed or distressed -- but the classic item has grown with the times. Besides, denim goes with everything.
LOFT Unpicked Denim Shift Skirt, $85 at LOFT; Denim skirt with a flounce, $35 at H&M; House Of Holland Whip Stitch Denim Mini Skirt, $228 at ASOS. LOFT, ASOS, H&M
LeatherLeather is a material that tends to speak for itself -- but incorporate structure, texture or detailing and you have a skirt that will dominate any outfit. Pair with any bold coloured tee or band shirt, and you've got the perfect dynamic look.
ASOS Leather Skirt with Pleated Sides, $204 at ASOS ; Evengeline Skirt, $154 at REVOLVE; Leather Effect Mini Skirt With Frills, $36 at Zara; Megan Leather Skirt, $69 at Storets. ASOS, Revolve, Zara, Storets
EmbroideredAs of late, fashion is all about intricate detailing. These careful designs -- stitched, floral or sequined -- can turn any simple skirt into the perfect piece to build an outfit around.
River Island Stud Embroidered Mini Skirt, $77 at ASOS; Striped Embroidered Skirt, $50 at Zara; Pleated Embroidered Mini Skirt, $23 at Forever XXI. ASOS, Zara, Forever XXI
Bold ColoursNormally, when we think about adding a pop of colour to an outfit, we think of a bright handbag or flashy pair of shoes -- but a bold coloured skirt can also brighten any look.
Asymmetric Ruffled Skirt, $46 at Zara; Mini Skirt With Frill Detail, $22 at ASOS; Pop-stripe skirt, $128 at J Crew. Zara, ASOS, J Crew
patterns and printsPatterns and prints can be intimidating, but when you keep the top half simple, a detailed skirt can pop in a way that's more chic than overwhelming.
Mini Skirt With Frill, $50 at Zara ; Wrap skirt with metal eyelet, $50 at H&M; TOPSHOP Striped Ruffle Mini Skirt, $49 at The Bay; alice + olivia Box Pleat Skirt, $97 at Nordstrom Rack. Zara, H&M, The Bay, Nordstrom Rack
metallicWorried about stopping traffic in a shiny skirt? Throw on a fitted or oversized neutral top and you'll feel like street style royalty.
Metallic Zipper Pull Skirt, $23 at Forever XXI; TopShop Metallic Mini Skirt, $80 at The Bay; Moto High Waist Metallic Denim Miniskirt, $93 at Nordstrom Rack. Forever XXI, The Bay, Nordstrom Rack