Bubble skirts: Balloon-like, poufed skirt hemlines are back on trend from the 2000s
If you've a pashun for fashun, you've doubtlessly heard of the trickle-down and bubble-up theories as applied to trends. But did you know that the same holds true for the skirt hemlines of recent times? In the last decade or so, we've seen them trickle down from 'Paris and Lindsay flash the paparazzi while alighting from their limos' to 'Victoria Beckham exposes ankles — it must be summertime!'. We kid. Similarly, they've begun to swell like blowfish or Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
All of which is to say: bubble skirts — also known as balloon, pouf, or puffball skirts — are back with a vengeance. With fancy antecedents like the 18th century robe à la polonaise, or Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent for Dior's 1950s interpretations, 2019's bubble skirt is a brilliant antidote to the structural minimalism of streetwear; to help you get started, we've compiled a gallery of inspiring runway examples for your persual, above.