Peek into my closet and also you’ll discover a sea of black skirts that function centerpieces of my outfits. Before you write it off as boring or uninspired, let me explain: These selects are removed from basic and straightforward. Normally featuring ruffles, pleats, or details like asymmetrical hems, they’re distinctive and attention-grabbing. Often they change into my go-tos during Fashion Week, mainly because they’ll catch the attention of street-style photographers outside shows. So after I got here across this Anthropologie bubble-hem skirt, I immediately knew it was all the things I used to be on the lookout for in a showstopper.
Courtesy of Anthropologie
In case you haven’t checked out Anthropologie recently, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the choice. There are a ton of chic and playful skirts and dresses, all made for warm-weather dressing. (Tip: In case you’re on the hunt for looks that also pull double duty for wedding season, they’ll have you ever covered.) This bubble-hem number shall be my go-to for the remainder of the 12 months, especially when I would like to channel main-character vibes. This is the reason it’s a winner:
The Poofy Silhouette Is Latest Again
It looks as if everyone seems to be talking about how indie sleaze has made a comeback and I, for one, welcome it, mainly because I loved the bubble-skirt trend that was popular during that era. This version hits on the aesthetic while updating the throwback vibes with an extended hem. It’s sophisticated and fresh, especially after years of sleek, minimalist skirts and dresses.
The Material Feels Expensive Yet Durable
Made with cotton poplin and lined in tulle, the skirt holds its shape—it’ll even rise up by itself if you happen to place it on the ground. The double layer of material is something you’re likely to seek out in pieces that cost five times as much. And though it’s high-quality, it’s not precious: I’ve stuffed it right into a suitcase for travel, only to have it come out immaculate.
Hutch Bubble Skirt
The Shape Can Be Dressed Down
At first glance you’ll wish to treat it like a ball gown, given its shape, and I definitely plan on doing so. But don’t be afraid to decorate it down for daytime. Because it’s still a bit chilly out, I’ll throw a cashmere sweater on top and pair it with chunky flatforms for a brunch outfit that’s as comfortable as jeans and a sweater. Once it gets warmer, I’ll likely wear it with flat sandals and a black cropped tank for Italian Riviera vibes with a touch of goth flare.
It Can Also Be Black-Tie-Appropriate
In fact, it’s also dramatic enough to be ideal for fancy affairs. For a recent formal gala I wore the skirt with a sequin bandeau and stiletto sandals. Pointless to say, it stood out amongst a sea of silky dresses.
Diana Tsui is a stylist and author living in Latest York City. She also writes for The Latest York Times, W, Elle, and more. Previously she was the senior market editor at Latest York Magazine’s The Cut.