How to wear a maxi skirt

how to wear maxi skirt

Just Cavalli, Thakoon Edition, James Perse

Every once in awhile, there comes a fashion trend that totally intimidates me or takes me awhile to embrace (sometimes both.) This season, it’s the maxi skirt which is oh-so-hot for summer.

What’s the big deal?

At first glance, it reminded me of those awful prairie and peasant skirts that were in style in the 90s. Also, something only Nicole Richie, Kate Hudson or another bohemian princess could pull off.

I am not even close to channeling the hippie-chic vibe. But the new maxi skirt is so not. There’s column skirts, patterned skirts, pleated skirts, sheer skirts, striped skirts–tons to choose from!

The problem then is, how to the heck do you style the piece? Here’s 7 ways to wear a maxi skirt to get you going.

high waist maxi skirt

1. Try a cropped top

Just like you would with a pair of high-waisted jeans, a cropped top looks great with a high-waisted maxi skirt.  I like how this updated version isn’t exactly a midriff but isn’t quite fitted either.

maxi skirt

2. Belt it

One of my favorite ways I’ve seen the maxi skirt styled is with a belt. Even with a loose top like the photo above, the style is still relaxed and chic.

thakoon maxi skirt

3. Show some leg

Maxi skirts are so long it’s ok to show a little skin! This Thakoon maxi skirt is seriously sexy; paired with high heels and accessorized right, it’s a great example of how a maxi skirt is more than just casual wear, it’s totally cocktail hour appropriate.


just cavalli satin maxi skirt

4. Try a print

A printed maxi, like this Just Cavalli satin maxi, is an easy way to get effortless style. Paired with a loose blouse and some heels, the look is very resort-chic.

5. Try striped

I’m totally obsessing over striped maxis for summer. There’s so fresh, so fun, so very summer! Don’t forget to don some heels or wedges for some extra height.

what to wear with maxi skirt

6. Try a simple tee

A simple tucked-in tee is quite chic with this Asos maxi. This is probably my favorite way to wear the look as it looks effortlessly stylish.

lanvin silk blend lame maxi skirt

7. Go GLAM

Seriously, how glamorous is this Lanvin printed silk-blend lamé maxi skirt. I’m obsessed. The thigh-high slit, sheer top and skirt with just the right amount of shine totally steals the show.

What do you think? Are you feeling maxi skirts this season?

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  1. says

    Love the tip. I am 5.9″ and I mostly wear long pleated skirts with a loose top , like simple tee. Love it and I have decided to wear only skirts everyday for summer. Lol. I have lose to 25 maxi skirts.


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