Stop Sleeping on These 8 Skirt Outfit Ideas for 2024

by Sana Naaz
Stop Sleeping on These 8 Skirt Outfit Ideas For 2024

Out with the pants and in with all kinds of skirts imaginable – that’s our prediction and motto for 2024. Come sunshine or snow, skirt outfits are ruling. So tuck away every item of clothing that covers your legs and bring dem skirts out – we’re talking minis, midis, pleated, printed, whatever you’ve got.

This is probably where you start wondering what tops to pair with said skirts, how to style them to resemble coveted Pinterest looks, and a zillion other things. Take a breath – as your friendly girl-next-door voice for all things fashion, Style Files editors take this responsibility seriously. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to manifest these 8 envy-worthy skirt outfits not just in the summer but throughout the year.

PS: You’ll have compliments coming at you left, right, and centre – don’t say we didn’t warn ya!

1. Graphic Greatness

Woman in graphic tee and leopard print skirt

The simplest way to style a skirt is with a graphic tee. Beg, borrow, or buy a cropped, regular, or oversized t-shirt – with obscure art, a sarcastic slogan, or the album art of that band you pretend to know – on it. Pair it with a midi, mini, or maxi skirt – seriously, ANY skirt. If the tee is long enough, tuck it in all the way or French it. Or, if you have a spare minute, add a belt to cinch the waist. The point is to get the proportions right. Finish the look with sneakers or flats, and grab a tote bag. This outfit is so simple – we bet you can put it together half-asleep.

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2. The One With the Rachel Vibe

If you are a 90s kid, you’ll agree that the era had some of the greatest style icons. For this outfit, we’re taking you back to the apartment above Central Perk. Take notes, as Jennifer Aniston’s character from Friends (1994), Rachel Green teaches us lessons in skirt styling 101.

Woman in graphic tee and leopard print skirt

This particular outfit is transition season-appropriate – when you desire just a little bit of warmth. You’ll need a plaid mini skirt, a cropped or regular-length turtleneck, and mid-calf socks. Match the turtleneck to the base colour of the skirt and opt for socks in white, black, grey, or brown. For footwear, go for canvas sneakers or loafers. Add the quintessential Rachel touch with a claw-clip hairstyle or a (strategic) messy bun.

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3. Shoe-show

Woman wearing grey thigh-high split skirt and brown leather boots

Sometimes, an outfit is not about the top, the bottom, or statement jewellery. Rather, it’s a means to put your newly bought (or existing favourite) pair of shoes on display.

*Carrie Bradshaw nods in approval.*

Woman wearing grey thigh-high split skirt and brown leather boots

This skirt styling idea will help you do just that in addition to looking super-hot overall. Start by wearing a skirt with a thigh-high slit with something basic (like a cropped tee or a solid-coloured top). Now, put on your favourite heels, sneakers, or boots for a shoe-stopping (sorry, not sorry) moment.

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4. Max(i) Out On Denim

Woman wearing denim maxi skirt with a denim vest

Remember when the internet called denim maxi skirts ugly? Ah, naïveté. We’ve spotted Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, J Lo, Julia Fox, Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, and Kylie Jenner – shall we go on? – in the formerly relegated piece, looking anything but ugly. The denim-on-denim trend is also celeb-approved. Marry the two and you have earned the applause of several stylists. Speaking of, recreate this outfit by Instagram stylist Emili Sindlev in three simple steps: Pair a denim maxi skirt with a denim waistcoat or vest; add a minimal accessory (a slim belt or a mini box bag); and style your hair in couldn’t-care-less waves.

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5. Co-ord Cuteness

Tara Sutaria in a white skirt and crop top co-ord set

We’re summoning the influencer-approved actor Tara Sutaria for this skirt and crop top co-ord outfit inspiration. The epitome of effortless elegance, this outfit is going to make you very happy if you are a fan of (a) quick dressing and (b) girl math (because a co-ord set is really three outfits!). Style a white (or any other neutral-coloured) midi skirt with a matching crop top or bralette. Top it off with the first pair of heels or sneakers you spot. And you’re done!

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6. Sheer Genius

Bella Hadid in a black sheer skirt and black waistcoat

Whether it’s mesh, net, or tulle, anything (or everything) sheer is a big yes right now. The peek-a-boo effect is a genius way to add an edgy touch without actually showing a lot of skin (which is also great – you do you, babe). To recreate Bella’s outfit, pair a black mesh or tulle skirt with a black waistcoat. Accessorise with long dangling earrings in silver and a ‘smize,’ if you will. This would be a great ensemble for a semi-formal event, like an office holiday party. Don’t forget to bless your friends’ Instagram feeds with some outfit pics.

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7. Fringe Action

Woman wearing black leather fringed skirt with green top

Textures and details have been big in recent years, so we had to include the fringe skirt in this list. It also makes for an edgy piece that can liven up a regular skirt outfit. For this one, style a fringed skirt with a collared top and heels. You could choose a contrasting colour or go monochrome if you want to keep it simple. For a boho touch, we recommend swapping your heels with boots.

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8. Desi Girl-It

A woman wearing a mirror-work blouse with a satin skirt

We love a good Indo-Western outfit, and we couldn’t resist not including one here. So if you have a festive party or a wedding function to attend and you don’t want to spend on a whole new outfit, this is for you. Pair an embroidered or sequin blouse with a midi or maxi skirt. Jazz it up with embellished heels and a matching jewellery set. This outfit will give you the desi aesthetic for half the work, and you can mix and match the two pieces with other clothes as well. Plus, you’ll be dupatta-free to bust those ‘Bole Chudiyan’ moves, and nothing will come between you and the multiple plates of golgappas you will devour.

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