Bubble Skirts Are The 80s Trend Popping Back Into Street Style

Better than ever

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 9th May 2024

With fashion seemingly embracing practicality and utility, it’s delightfully refreshing to see a trend that’s all fun return to the zeitgeist. And while we’re totally happy to leave all-out neon and hammer pants back in the 80s where they belong, bubble skirts are the retro revival we’re giving our tick of approval. 


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Also known as puffball or balloon skirts, the bubble skirt is making a statement on the runway and the streets alike, with its voluminous silhouette and noticeable hem. While the trend of yesteryear was paired with off-the-centre high ponies and OTT eyeshadow, today’s bubble skirts are a lot more streamlined – think matching sets or neutral shades that lean on careful tailoring and softer structures. 


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The ultra-mini style might seem out of place with our cooling temps, but many of fashion’s elite have been spotted rocking the look with tights or knee-high boots for a veritably chic take that’s also weather appropriate. As for the more conservatively inclined, the floofy shape can also be worn in midi or maxi lengths that embrace a feminine and romantic aesthetic. 


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Haute couture versions of the bubble skirt might not make for the most wearable pieces (Schiaparelli, we’re looking at you), but you’ll find everyday versions of the trend all over the racks at the moment. Whether it’s worn preppy, elegant, or sporty, the bubble look is sure to have you floating towards a fashionable high! 

Bubble Skirts

Puff up your next going out look by pairing a bubble skirt with a slim-fit top to draw attention to the trend. This style also works a treat when juxtaposed with biker boots or leather jackets, resulting in a nostalgia-dipped statement.  

Bubble Dresses

Want to take the guesswork out of styling bubble hems? Then opt for a dress that still embraces the voluminous silhouette – simply add your go-to pair of ballet flats and voila! A bubble dress is also sure to be a favourite for guests come wedding season.

Header images: @_yanyanchan / @hannastefansson / @heloise.guillet

By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.




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