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FW21: Midi-Skirts Update

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Alex Perry

Frankie Shop

Frankie Shop

Rejina Pyo


The column skirt is one of the most poignant pieces for FW21. MiuMiu introduced this shape on a larger scale for FW20 and the taste in this familiar shape has gained momentum. The look of this skirt seems more modest and toned down, which seems appropriate to a large number of more reluctant consumers. The timeless qualities of this skirt, as well as the easy-to-wear appeal are capturing the idea of elevated essentials and an evolved workwear wardrobe. On the new must-have midi-length, the column silhouettes manages to intensify the classic appeal of this product, while putting it into a more contemporary setting.

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Anna October

Emilio Pucci


One possibility to interpret the new must-have midi skirt is the deep slit. With increased demands for elegant comfort, deep slits are providing freedom of movement while keeping a sophisticated look. This trend has evolved from the last season and it is a safe bet for FW21, that will see an increase in very high slits placed either on the side or in the front. Brands like Nanushka, Emilio Pucci and Anna October are showing how sophisticated and modern those slits can be.

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Gia Studio


David Koma


The wrap skirt, as a key piece for FW21, is perfect for transitional seasons, but also having multi-purpose qualities, as it is suitable for many occasions. As compared to the new wrapped summer styles, the FW21 wrap skirts have a more structural and geometric feel. The origami effect also creates slit effects, which tap into the trending high-slit story of the next season. This skirt demands for slight twists for a more contemporary look: David Koma is adding a twist to the skirt with studs, Gia Studio with plissé and Chanel is creating a more contemporary look through quilting.  

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Gabriele Congelo

Proenza Shouler

Peter Petrov


Leather or fake-leather remains one of the top trending materials for FW21 and is taking over the skirt categories as well. Whether leather is adapted on the new trending midi-column shapes or familiar mid-length fit and flare silhouettes, the effect is equally as convincing. The sleek finish of this style is manifesting new timeless tendencies and a protective feel, sought after by a wide array of consumers. Adaptions range from new minimal aesthetics to more rebellious and edgy interpretations. 

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Raf Simons


Michael Kors

The Attico

Slinky, romantic slip skirt are moving into more office-appropriate styles with more fabric and/or slightly draped effects. The fluidity and soft-touch of the material speak to the new demand of considered comfort. The less-sexy but more loungewear feel of the new satin silhouette, makes the skirt a perfect item for high-low dressing and adaptable for multi-functional purposes. It can be styled office-appropriate with oversized tops or blazers and adapted for evening-looks as well. Consider introducing bold colors, like Michael Kors and Raf Simons, to add youthfulness to this sophisticated skirt-style.

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Peter Do

Reese Cooper


Beatrice B

Another interesting midi-length update are plissé styles. They remain a continuous trend for woven skirts for FW21. Combined with high-low handkerchief hems, like Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini or Beatrice B are showing, this elegant material is given a more contemporary update. The softness and femininity of the plissé aesthetic creates a counterpart to other more utilitarian and practicality-driven pieces of the season. The pleated skirt captures the ongoing idea of seeking for textures and visual textiles.

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Alberta Feretti


The midi-length denim skirts are becoming a collection essentials for FW21. Those skirts tap into the early 2000 trend and keep also a practical and utilitarian character. The versatile and easy-to-handle properties of denim as a material resonate well with a client that will continuously spend more time in nature and on the countryside. The denim is also adding a more gender-neutral feel to your product range, which has become a relevant element to consider as well.

Updating the Midi-Style

Midi-length skirts are the most-visible trend for FW21, adapted in column, denim or plissé variations. The mid-length calls for greater longevity and makes this skirt-length a perfect trans-seasonal staple. Midi-length also have traditional connotations, that provide a refuge in reassurance and familiarity to more anxious consumers.

To get your assortment midi-ready, Livetrend has detected the most trending interpretations of those midi-length silhouettes for FW21. The silhouettes range from classical column silhouettes to more contemporary pleated adaptions on simple or voluminous high-low styles. 

In terms of details, comfort and ease are directing design decisions and translate into wrap silhouettes and high-slits (which provide space for movement). With such new details, midi-length skirts are proposing to become important key comfort pieces for FW21.

To update the midi, in terms of materials, you should consider the key-fabrics denim, satin and leather to be on trend for the FW21 season. All of those materials add a fashionable and modern finish to the often classical midi-shapes.

Take a look at the Woven Skirt Report to see what other skirt-styles are up next and to get your assortment FW21 ready.