You might recall around four years ago when it seemed a certain Topshop (RIP) silky bias cut midi skirt in approximately 8 colour ways was everywhere. It was the summer of 2018, and it seemed the silky skirt had appeared from nowhere but was suddenly the chicest item in everyone’s wardrobes.
It sold out each time it came back in stock (I should know, I signed up for email alerts for the mint green iteration multiple times), and it quickly became a cult item. At £29, it was an affordable wardrobe update that worked for every personal style. Edgy gals wore theirs with stompy boots, T-shirts and leather biker jackets, while those with a classic style paired them with blazers and sandals. They worked just as well for winter, too: knee-high boots, a fine knit and a wool coat are an ageless and cosy combination. Party season saw them teamed with co-ordinating silky camisoles, sparkly high heels and metallic bags – it was the ultimate versatile staple.
It’s for that reason that they never truly went away. Fast-forward to 2022, and all our favourite high street stories have a selection on offer year-round to keep up with constant demand. It’s safe to say it’s now entered official capsule wardrobe staple territory, so if you don’t already have one in your arsenal, now’s the time to act.
Where to buy the best silk skirts on the high street now
There are lots around at all price points, but since the high street came up trumps first time round (that mint green one from OG Topshop I managed to get my hands on is still going strong), I haven’t yet felt the need to invest more than £50 on one, and my collection – which spans five colour ways now – are all over a year old and look good as new, despite being in weekly rotation.
Topshop, now exclusive to ASOS, still takes the crown for Biggest Slip Skirt Selection on the High Street. There are 28 on the site right now, from colour block classics to It prints and lacy hems, so there’s something for everyone.
Elsewhere, Oasis has nailed the perfect Christmas day skirt with this emerald green number: I’d wear it with a cream polo neck and sparkly flats for Christmas lunch. There are lots of chocolate brown and camel skirts around (this Dorothy Perkins one is a favourite of mine), but if you prefer cooler shades, look no further than River Island’s icey silver midi. It’s crying out for silver heeled sandals and sparkly earrings for a night out.
If you’re taller, or want one that offers more coverage, Zara’s new-in maxi looks like it should have zeros on the end of the price tag, it’s that good.
Now that you’ve got one on your shopping list, here’s how to wear yours for the new season.
How to style a silk skirt in a new season way
With white accents
How good does Anouk’s black skirt look with all of her ivory pieces? There’s nothing basic or boring about black and white in this look. Swap the ribbed vest for a T-shirt or fine knit now that the weather’s taken a turn.
With a matchy top
Georgina’s silk skirt and matching shirt look is ideal for a dinner with friends at a fancy restaurant – with an aesthetic lobby to document the stylish ensemble for the Gram, naturally.
With a blazer
What to wear them with for every occasion:
For a party
A pared-back skirt calls for a statement top, finished with sparkly accessories for a party-ready look that’ll earn you tons of compliments.