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How to style a maxi skirt

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I’ve always been intrigued by the maxi skirt; I love the idea of a piece that is as easy as yoga pants but still polished enough to go pretty much anywhere. To really make a maxi skirt work, think about both the shape of the skirt and what you pair it with. Here are three quick tips for styling your maxi this fall.

Shape matters. Choose a maxi that will give you the longest possible leg line; for most of us, this means a skirt with a slightly higher-than-normal waist. Look for a skirt that lays flat over your waist and hips; any extra volume in those areas will translate into extra width through your own midsection. Flowy skirts are huge this fall, but keep the flow in the lower two-thirds of the skirt. As with all skirts, an A-line is the most flattering cut for every body.

Keep your top casual. Pair your maxi skirt with a slouchy sweater or tee — but keep in mind that there’s a clear distinction between slouchy and sloppy. Look for a tee or thin knit sweater that fits properly through the shoulders but has a hemline that hits lower than the waist of your skirt. This is a casual look; skip the woven or button-front shirt.


Be bold with accessories. A belt is an easy way to keep your flowy skirt and slouchy top from being sloppy; belt your sweater over the skirt, or tuck the sweater and belt the skirt. Not a fan of the belt? Go with a chunky necklace or a bright scarf. But keep accessories to one standout piece — believe it or not, this is really a minimal outfit. Think of it as a prettier version of your yoga pants.

Finally, one last style tip: pair your maxi skirt with flat shoes or boots, not heels. I love the idea of flat ankle boots with a long flowy skirt and a slouchy tee. Perfect for Saturday errands or Tuesday with the kids.

Are you a maxi skirt kind of girl? How are you styling your maxi this fall?

Photos: Zara, *Wit&Delight

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3 comments so far...

  • I’ve never really considered wearing a maxi skirt but, since I’ve started reading your blog and following much of your style advice, I’ve received many compliments. So first of all…thanks! And second…do you have any suggestions for a nice, affordable maxi skirt? I saw a cute one on Gap’s website but alas, it’s sold out in my size.

    wendy  |  October 9th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  • Not for the first time, I really wish you lived in Los Angeles. I could seriously use your help with the styling.

    I love maxi skirts and dresses, but I’m all kinds of messed up when it comes to styling them. Frumpiness looms large. Also I am in a very conservative environment most of the time and I don’t want to look like my last name is Jeffs.

    So yeah. I need a little help :)

    Kim Yamaguchi  |  October 11th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  • I like the idea of a maxi skirt, but I rode my bike way too many miles this summer to cover up those gams. :) Ask me again in January.

    Absquatulate  |  October 20th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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