Peek into my closet and you’ll find a sea of black skirts that serve as centerpieces of my outfits. Before you write it off as boring or uninspired, let me explain: These selects are far from basic and simple. Usually featuring ruffles, pleats, or details like asymmetrical hems, they’re distinctive and attention-grabbing. Often they become my go-tos during Fashion Week, mainly because they’ll catch the eye of street-style photographers outside shows. So when I came across this Anthropologie bubble-hem skirt, I instantly knew it was everything I was looking for in a showstopper.
If you haven’t checked out Anthropologie lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the selection. There are a ton of chic and playful skirts and dresses, all made for warm-weather dressing. (Tip: If you’re on the hunt for looks that also pull double duty for wedding season, they’ll have you covered.) This bubble-hem number will be my go-to for the rest of the year, especially when I want to channel main-character vibes. This is why it’s a winner:
The Poofy Silhouette Is New Again
It seems like everyone is 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 a longer 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 stand up on its own if you place it on the floor. The double layer of fabric is something you’re likely to find in pieces that cost five times as much. And though it’s high-quality, it’s not precious: I’ve stuffed it into a suitcase for travel, only to have it come out immaculate.
The Shape Can Be Dressed Down
At first glance you’ll want to treat it like a ball gown, given its shape, and I definitely plan on doing so. But don’t be afraid to dress it down for daytime. Since 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 dash of goth flare.
It Can Also Be Black-Tie-Appropriate
Of course, 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. Needless to say, it stood out among a sea of silky dresses.
Diana Tsui is a stylist and writer living in New York City. She also writes for The New York Times, W, Elle, and more. Previously she was the senior market editor at New York Magazine’s The Cut.