A maxi skirt is a skirt that drapes to ankle length. Maxi skirts can be flowy or curve-hugging. A timeless classic that never dates, these skirts have a place in every woman’s wardrobe, even if just for evening. And no matter your height, you can wear this skirt well. Choosing the right fabric, matching it with a pretty top and picking complementary shoes are all key to looking great in a maxi skirt.
Maxi skirts are incredibly versatile, easy to style with anything, and incredibly comfy. There are so many outfits you can create with one. To get you started, here are some style tips on how to wear a maxi skirt.
1. Try the skirt on under good lighting before buying. Walk in it, swish around in it and see if it feels comfortable first. If you’re tripping up, it’s too long. Then check how it looks in the mirror––the more streamlined styles will be the most flattering, while the flouncy Bohemian styles can add weight and don’t flatter all figures.
2. Match the top to the skirt style. The fit of the skirt determines the style of top you’ll choose. If the style doesn’t match, the overall look can be dowdy. Some suggestions include:
Looser, flowing skirts tend to look best when the top fits well, as this tones down the overall enlarging effect of a billowing skirt.
For skirts that fit tightly, looser tops make an ideal contrast.
Cropped tops look great with maxi skirts, as the skirt keeps lengthening your body even though the top stops at your waist. A cropped top with heels can help elongate a shorter figure; indeed, if you have a shorter silhouette, make sure that the top stops at your natural waistline.
3. You’d never think to pair a classic button down with a maxi skirt, but it does look amazingly polished. The trick? Make sure your maxi is structured, with a fitted waist and A-line fit—it shouldn’t be the straight-hanging, jersey maxi you wear to a backyard BBQ. Roll the sleeves and add your favorite necklace for a smashing look.