Button-Front Skirts Should Be On Your Spring Shopping List

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For those of you brave souls who willingly reside in inclement climates, it's probably been months since your legs have seen the light of day. Thankfully, schlepping around in heat tech and puffers will soon be a thing of the past as the arrival of spring dresses and skirts will free up the opportunity to bare your neglected gams. If you're looking for that something to help press the reset button for spring, it's time to consider a '70s staple (and trend du jour), the button-front skirt. The last few seasons, the skirt silhouette of choice has been that of the slip, in large part thanks to brands with cult followings like Rouje and Réalisation. These direct to consumer lines created floral-print iterations of the slinky skirt style that went viral on Instagram and subsequently sold out. And while slip skirts aren't going anywhere just yet, their button-studded sister is gaining momentum.

Look back through your family photos and you might find that A-line minis were perhaps the more memorable skirt silhouette during the '70s, but the midi's Lady of the Canyon vibe — inspired by icons like Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Michelle Phillips — feels a bit more of-the-moment. Right now designers are releasing their version of the timeless piece in a colorful and textured range of styles. Lauded houses like Balenciaga and Gucci along with up-and-comers including Ganni and Rejina Pyo are all getting in on the button-front action and so should you. Ahead, the best skirts to appease your legs this spring.

Rejina Pyo Spring/Summer 2019. Photo: Pixelformula/SIPA/Shutterstock

Rejina Pyo paired a punchy skirt with a retro fruit-print top on the runway for Spring/Summer 2019. If you want to break out the bold skirt IRL, consider styling it with a cream sweater or muted blazer to temper the look.

Gingham Skirt

$1,390

Balenciaga

A cheery gingham print always signifies the arrival of spring. This time around, try it out on a button-front midi skirt and finish the look with a crewneck sweater in a bright solid color (perhaps slime green?).

Amalie Skirt

$1,295

By Malene Birger

A patchwork leather skirt is a beautiful statement piece that can translate from work to weekend. For your 9-to-5, team with a crisp button-down and low-heel slingbacks. For the weekend, toss on a band tee and pointed-toe booties — voila!

Easton Skirt

$295

Goldsign

There's something enduringly stylish about the combination of the button-front midi silhouette and a classic denim fabric. Wear yours with a Breton-stripe tee and high-top sneakers for a Parisian-inspired outfit.

GG Logo Cotton-Blend Skirt

$2,980

Gucci

For a cool, polished dinner look, this glorious Gucci skirt should be worn with a ruffle-neck blouse and platform heels.

Skirt

$397

Isa Arfen

Even if you tend to shy away from bright colors your outfit can still feel exciting with a little color-blocking in play.

Midi Skirt

$29

Wednesday's Girl

A swingy skirt with subtle buttons is an easy daytime choice for summer.

If you're ready to full-on embrace the retro aesthetic, consider styling your skirt as part of a matching set. Finish with a wide-brim hat and you're good to go.

Skirt

$60

Mango

A chic under-$100 option that feels fitting for your next holiday abroad.

Lily Crinkle Skirt

$575

Rejina Pyo

Keep the slime green trend alive with Rejina Pyo's eye-grabbing skirt in the spunky hue. Wear with a printed shirt and architectural heels for a playful party look.

Suede Skirt

$2,820

Miu Miu

Proof that suede skirt in a luxe saddle color is a true wardrobe necessity.

Alma Skirt

$355

Nanushka

Seek out a skirt with a belt embellishment to add an extra element to the trend.

Luz Skirt

$270

Simon Miller

For the clean minimalist who needs an everyday skirt to go with everything.

Maddison Button Down Skirt

$78

Stelen

Swap out your black leather skirt for this button-front version.

Button-Front Skirt

$223

MSGM

No one ever had a bad day wearing a saturated fuchsia skirt. Fact.