As someone who loves wearing a ton of feminine clothes with a lot of soft colors, lace trim, or flirty floral patterns, spring is the season these type of styles thrive best. Warmer days are drawing near and soon it’ll be time to throw back those closet doors and take those spring pieces out of hibernation. I like owning a little of everything, from the most current styles to the classic ones. Fashion being cyclical, there’s always at least one or two tops or bottoms that can easily be worn again. Long skirts, or maxi skirts, is another style that dominated much of ’90s fashion along with clogs and crop tops. Despite the resurgence of these long and flowy skirts, I seem to not be taking part in this trend again.
When I reflect on my days as a young girl growing up during the ’90s, I can pretty much say I have tried almost every trend that was huge. Like any kid at an impressionable young age, I wanted to look and be cool. If you weren’t keeping up with what was hot at the moment, then you were just lame. Or not in the know. It’s crazy when you think about the kind of pressure we succumbed to or what we believed to be true. Among the styles I made sure to stock up on growing up as a pre-teen to teenager were maxi skirts.
I remember being particularly drawn to maxi skirts out of all the other popular ’90s styles. The different prints and cuts of maxi skirts (floral, solid, side slit, or no slit) made this THE skirt that just about any girl could wear and make their own. Whether you are the goth girl, girl next door, or sexy lady maxi skirts really are a style for all occasions and seasons. Back then half my closet was filled with lots of long skirts and very few short skirts. Personally, what I liked about maxi skirts is the level of modesty it offered. Depending on the fabric, the flowy feel you get from wearing one of these made me feel like a princess. It was the closest thing to wearing a “long gown”, as I saw it, but with a modern day spin on it.
So why after being such a huge fan of maxi skirts in the ’90s have I not embraced this trend now or in recent years? The skirts I owned then have mostly been donated. They’re either not age appropriate or not a classic cut or style I can wear often. While I could have gone to any department store and update my maxi skirts with the current ones being made, I found I lost all desire to really own them again. I now seem to favor shorter skirts of a moderate length, and my favorite type of skirts to wear are the A-line or skater skirts.
The shift in style has even surprised me when I look at my closet now. When maxi skirts used to make up the majority of my dressier clothes, I see less of them and more shorter to mid-length skirts. Maybe it’s because I find these skirts more flattering for my shape and height. Or maybe I haven’t found the right maxi skirt to fall in love with again. For now, my history with this style will remain a fond memory of my young girl past.
What do you think of maxi skirts? Do you wear them yourself?