Flowy maxi skirts are having a minute right now—here's how to style them for summer 2023

Flowy maxi skirts are giving 'coastal-cowgirl' meets 'cottage-core' and we're sooo here for it

Flowy maxi skirts: White tiered skirts from Abercrombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters and ZARA/ in a pink template
(Image credit: Abercrombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters and ZARA)

It looks like we'll all be adding flowy maxi skirts to our capsule wardrobes this summer season, as TikTok's obsession with all things coastal-cowgirl continues to dominate our FYPs—here's how to rock the casual, but whimsical look...

Yes, like with the controversial denim maxi skirt and the Y2K era ballet flats, tiered and flowy, white long skirts have been tipped to top the spring/summer trends—paired with everything from tank tops to light knits and either the cool-girl Adidas Sambas or chunky cowboy boots.

Now of course, this style of skirt isn't exactly a new idea, but right now fashion lovers are proving just how versatile and dang cute a long skirt can be—whether you're a lover of cottage-core vibes or are just after a piece that allows you to frolic and look effortlessly beachy in a matter of seconds. Here's how to style this breezy trend...

How to style a flowy maxi skirt

Now, from our copious TikTok scrolling, we've spotted a few key details in the popular long skirt movement. The first being white, tiered skirts—these are proving to be one of the most in-demand styles, thanks to their flattering bell-like shape and gathered detailing.

Poplin and cotton flowy skirts are also having a moment, either soft and casual or heavy, so that they actually swish around you as you walk...


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Shoppers are also snagging long, flowy white dresses which they then layer with knits and shirts for a versatile spring fashion look.


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The beauty of this style of long skirt is that you can dress it up and down easily. You can either pair it with a similar style blouse for a very beachy/ fairy look, or with a blazer and some Emma Chamberlain-approved sunglasses for something a bit more Scandi and chic (that would be very Matilda Djerf of you.)

The same goes for footwear, you can opt for sandals or heels for a more 'old-money' or formal look or pair with your Birkenstock Bostons or sneakers for a more casual and trendy feel.

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So, if you're looking to enter your spring girl era, here are a few flowy skirts and dresses to add to your rotation...


Abercrombie & Fitch Poplin Tiered Maxi Skirt

RRP: $70

This is the perfect long, tiered skirt for the upcoming spring and summer months. It's available in sizes XXS to XL and in three block shades and two prints.


Urban Outfitters Emelie Tiered Midi Skirt

RRP: $65

This midi skirt is another must-have with its cute lace paneling and gathered waist.

It's available in sizes XXS to XXXL (though some sizes are currently out of stock) and two other shades; purple and black.


ZARA Contrasting Midi Dress

RRP: $59.90

If you're looking for an even more versatile layering piece, this dress features that trendy, flowy skirt look—which can be layered with sweaters—but is also a super chic dress that would look perfect on its own or paired with a blazer.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.