Column Skirts Are The Sleek Maxi Trend Your Closet Needs

It's no secret that '90s fashion is making a huge comeback. The casual yet chic staples that defined the decade are returning to the runways and department store shelves. It seems many of the past decade's trends, like high-waisted miniskirts, became unfashionable overnight — with one being the total opposite: the sleek '90s column skirt. 

Whether you love them or hate them, column skirts are on our radar as one of the hottest items to don this season. Defined by its straight fit, creating a column, the piece is perfect for those looking for a simple, feminine skirt without a form-fitting style thanks to its maxi cut. Runways have coveted the column skirt for the past several seasons, with it most recently being a focal point on the Michael Kors spring/summer 2024 runway, and we're here to declare: With its endless styling potential and wearability, the column skirt is a must-add to your wardrobe.

With an oversized button-down

Modernize the '90s column skirt by pairing it with another hot trend of the moment — the oversized button-down. Oversized button-downs continue to crop up season after season for their laid-back approach to elevating an outfit. The column skirt has a similar effect, which is why an appealing look is created when the two pieces are combined.

Style with a T-shirt

Create an eye-catching ensemble when you style your favorite graphic T-shirt with a column skirt. This can be a great way to elevate your look when an occasion feels too dressy for jeans but too formal for a sleek dress. Complete the look with a shoulder bag and sunglasses as your go-to accessories.

Implement the balletcore aesthetic

While '90s fashion has its fair share of grunge elements, the column skirt is a piece that can be styled to embrace your feminine side. Use traditionally feminine colors like pink paired with a white column skirt to channel the balletcore fashion aesthetic. Other early aughts accessories such as pink thong flip-flops and a pink claw clip will help round out the look.

A matching set

Matching fashion sets are always a great idea, and a matching set that includes a column skirt is an easy way to hop on this '90s trend. The outfit is already put together, which is perfect for those who are hesitant to create a column skirt look themselves. While column skirt sets can be sporty, many people go for a polished look with the top half by donning a blazer or vest.

Denim season

Denim skirts never go out of style — they simply change forms. The column-style denim skirt is one of the greatest takes on the trend (and not just because it lets us channel our inner Britney Spears). The look is versatile as it can be dressed up or down for whatever the occasion requires while remaining as comfortable as your favorite pair of blue jeans.

Colorful sweater look

For chilly days, a thick sweater is essential. But don't worry — sweater outfits don't have to be boring. In the era of dopamine dressing, we love to add unexpected details and colors to boost our mood, and pairing a colorful sweater with an unexpected yet matching column skirt is a perfect — and cozy — way to hop on the trend.

For the office

If you're looking for a trendy style to wear to the office, look no further than a column maxi skirt. Column skirts are office-appropriate while remaining fashion-forward. Style with a blazer for a more business-casual feel. If the look seems too structured for the type of work you do, take a more laid-back approach by wearing sneakers with your 'fit.