Some people don’t believe in love at first sight but those people have probably never seen a leopard print midi skirt. I say this because almost everyone who has ever laid eyes on one has an overwhelming compulsion to immediately run out and buy one. Or at least get Twitter talking about them.
Last week, an observational tweet about the popularity of the item set the internet on fire with a handful of hot takes. Twitter was divided.
Some called for all leopard print midi skirt devotees to be left alone because the piece is practically a neutral and everybody ought to own one. Others demanded that they be burned at the stake—too basic! The one thing everyone could agree on? Indeed the skirt is everywhere: at brunch, at work, on Instagram. Speaking of which, the skirt style even has its own IG account—@leopardmidiskirt—which started a week ago and already has racked up 92 posts.
Like so many viral trends, though, the leopard skirt phenomena actually isn’t new. It was arguably set into motion last spring, with an Instagram post from it-girl favorite label Réalisation Par. The caption began with a leopard emoji (obviously) and read: “Introducing the Naomi: The easy ’90s style slip skirt…that has a wild side.” The response was appropriately ferocious. The skirt sold out multiple times over. Girls demanded more leopard print midi skirts in the comments and they took to the streets to march to brunch, wearing a T-shirt and sneakers, when they finally managed to get their hands on one.
Some corners of the internet suggest the Leopard Print Midi skirt’s appeal is because the skirt is subversive, a symbol of our corporal outrage at the current state of the world. But the reality is the piece is probably popular because it’s cute, just edgy enough, and looks great everything.
If you aren’t fatigued by the leopard print midi skirt madness, below are 13 to buy right now.