With summer finally starting to kick in, the search for low-effort yet stylish outfits that work for the forecast begins. Jeans and a T-shirt are often my go-to, especially on the days where I need to be out of the house in a hurry, but I’ve been actively looking for ensemble solutions that offer the same ease. So, I turned my attention to skirts. I think we can all agree that a skirt a no-brainer on a hot summer’s day, but they’re also enjoying a bit of a moment right now. 2024 has seen skirt trend after skirt trend come to the fore, and it didn’t take long for me to start noticing a pattern in how fashion people are currently styling theirs.

In the cooler months, I’d usually pair my skirts with a boxy blazer but, with balmy days in the horizon, I’m taking my cues from social media and I’m switching in an elegant waistcoat to freshen up the whole look. Not only will a waistcoat add instant polish to any skirt, but they’re also just as on trend this season—I’m yet to find a more current-looking pairing.

Whether you prefer a longer maxi skirt, a classic slip or a playful mini, the waistcoat-and-skirt outfit trend is a foolproof way to look chic all season. It’s also a combo that comes with a wide range of styling options. Mix and match your skirts of any length with whichever waistcoat style speaks to you most—longline, cropped, fitted, loose, take your pick!.

@borislavasekova wearing a waistcoat and skirt

What I love most about this new fashion pairing is that it can be dressed up or down to suit all occasions. Be it with ballet flats or fisherman sandals on casual days, or a pair of kitten heels for my summer evenings out, this classy outfit is sure to become a staple in my wardrobe.