Call me a non-believer, but the bubble hem revival wasn’t on my 2024 bingo card – especially as someone who grew up wearing it in the early noughties (and subsequently swore off the divisive trend forever). And, well, here I am falling on my own sword because, not only are voluminous hems back in style, I’m also absolutely on board with it.

Whether you’re planning a European summer holiday, or are simply looking to add a fresh twist to your everyday wardrobe, larger-than-life balloon skirts might be just the ticket.

In addition to injecting a generous dose of fun into your outfit, the eye-catching piece also delivers on comfort, with the loose billowing skirts proving a smart choice when the mercury starts to rise.

In addition to injecting a generous dose of fun to your outfit, the eye-catching piece also delivers on comfort.

As for when and how to style them in 2024, we’re loving the longer midi and maxi designs for daytime chic – paired with tube tops and layered, unbuttoned shirts. For evenings, try switching it up with the mini iterations worn either on their own or, for the skirts, with a fitted top, or a bra top teamed with a blazer.

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Opt for longer midi and maxi hemlines for a more ‘grown-up’ approach to balloon skirts.


Liza Drop-Waist Midi, £78, Free People

Alternatively, for something a bit more playful, opt for pastel palettes – perfect for a vacation-worthy spin on the trend.

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