I’m slogging along this morning so rather than post something entirely new, I thought I’d update one of my more popular fashion posts from the archives– How to Wear a Maxi Skirt.
For a long time I thought I couldn’t pull off a maxi skirt. I tend to go for more fitted silhouettes, but once I tried it on and came up with a “formula” for styling the flowy skirt, I suddenly became a fan.
Basically my summer maxi-skirt formula is this: figure-hugging tank top, maxi skirt, wedge sandal or flip-flop, a bold accessory.
If it’s cool (spring/fall) you can throw on a denim jacket.
For winter, it’s similar: figure-hugging tank top or tee, denim jacket or fitted cardi, maxi skirt, wedge boots.
Let’s break it down.
It’s important that the tank top or t-shirt is form-fitting because the skirt is so voluminous. If you wear a baggy shirt, you’ll just look frumpy. Also pay attention to the length of your shirt. The first one I tried, this white tank, was too long so it threw off the proportions and also drew attention to my belly, which isn’t, um…. as flat as it once was, thank you, children.
The scarf really takes this outfit from okay to wow. I first tried the outfit with a statement necklace, which was fine, but this scarf adds a lot more interest to this otherwise plain outfit.
The chevron skirt, on the other hand, already has a lot going on, so I went with 2 layered necklaces instead.
Here are some other cute ways to wear a maxi skirt.
I’ve been meaning to try mine with a t-shirt, and knotting it at the side. I also like the way the 2 girls above put a big belt over it. That breaks up the look and calls attention to a tiny waist. And the blouse knotted at the waist is cute too.
Obviously there’s more than one way to wear a maxi skirt, but this is what I find works best for me. Having a “formula” makes it easier to put new outfits together on the go.
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