NEW YORK, April 12 ― Oversized cuts and maxi lengths may be back in the closet! Every superfluous piece of fabric has no place in women’s wardrobes this year until fall. Skirts, dresses, tops and even bags shed a few inches while jeans and trousers end up with (very) low waists. And it’s a trend that we owe once again to younger generations’ enthusiasm for all things Y2K.
Microclothes are more popular than ever and are pushing maxi dresses and long summer skirts into the background this season. And this despite the big return of the Coachella festival, which will take place in California from April 15th and is usually synonymous with a bohemian-chic wardrobe. This year is all about cropped cuts, low waists and belly buttons visible for miles… Tiny styles will be everywhere, as many fashion icons, influencers and various other users on social networks have (already) proved. And of course, designers are already surfing the trend.
The mini skirt will be the star of the summer
As a symbol of emancipation, the miniskirt – whether invented by Mary Quant or André Courrèges – is becoming one of the most coveted pieces in women’s wardrobes. Influencer marketing platform LTK has seen a 200 percent increase in searches for the miniskirt – in plaid, if you please – showing a clear enthusiasm for this 2000s staple. And if we go full Y2K, there’s a good chance the mini or micro skirt will be worn with a crop top or even a bikini top, rather than a slightly oversized cut. This is a trend that is gradually gaining popularity on TikTok, which has nearly 180 million views for the hashtag #miniskirt.
Not content with being a star style for sunny days, the mini skirt will also be in the spotlight next season. During the fall-winter 2022-2023 fashion shows, many designers shortened the miniskirt to create an even shorter version (yes, really), like Versace, Miu Miu, and Coperni. Diesel went even further, suggesting large belts that morph into microskirts in an instant, giving an indication of how little fabric is used to hide what you might call your ‘winter bodysuit’.
Mini cuts, maximum effect
But the skirt will not be the only piece of clothing that will lose several inches this season. Dresses will be the focus of course, but so will tops. Bra tops, visible bras, crop tops and the like are all very popular and once again exude a certain Y2K nostalgia. The LTK platform reports a 200% increase in searches for the purple crop top this season, showing renewed interest in shorter garments this season. And to top it all off, mini handbags ― worn over the shoulder ― are also very popular (+150 percent).
If we combine this trend with people’s (mainly women) infatuation with low-waisted (or even very low-waisted) jeans, trousers and skirts in recent months, the ultra-short trend seems to be a major summer style inspiration. It remains to be seen whether this new trend will catch on in the streets or – as is so often the case – struggle to get beyond social media. ― ETX Studio