Maxi skirts are a trend that we’ve been sporting for years, and at this point, you might as well come to terms with the fact that this trend is now a staple. A festival fave every year, fans of the maxi love it for its more-is-less appeal – everything is covered from the sun, and the feel is breezy and cool. Ah! Maxi what? Maxi yes!
So if you haven’t given the maxi skirt a try yet, we’re betting you want to but just aren’t quite so sure how to tackle that much fabric. How do you avoid the dreaded baggy look? How can you still be a babe without your stems? Well, as seasoned maxi skirt-sporters, we are pleased to help. The key is to create structure (and show some skin) in places the skirt is not. Here are a few pieces of advice that will answer the “What do I wear with a maxi skirt?” question forever. Read on!
1. With a crop top. A piece that needed its own how-to, crop tops and maxi skirts balance each other out perfectly. The idea is to cover just enough, showing a sliver of belly so that not everything is left to the imagination. The bare skin balances the heaviness of the skirt, and we like this structured crop top in particular because, as opposed to a cropped tee, it creates some shape.
2. Add a belt and tuck in. If your outfit is teetering on the edgy of baggy, a simple belt will pull things together and create a bold point of interest on your body – your waist! Tucking your shirt in will also help create that always welcomed feminine silhouette. Normally, it might not look right with an elastic waist skirt like this one, but the belt would hide the waist band. Chic!
3. Pleats make for structure. If a free flowing maxi skirt isn’t for you, a pleated number can provide you with the same free feeling and coverage while providing some more structure to your outfit. The end result is more pulled together and crisp than an outfit around a flowy skirt.
4. Try a peplum top. Well, we were just raving about you, weren’t we? One of this season’s must-haves, a peplum top is another great way to create structure and shape when wearing a maxi skirt. Its architectural lines next to the free-flowing maxi make for a fun but elegant combination.
5. Get leggy! Not all maxi skirts are created equal, and we love mullet, sheer and high slit maxis just as much as we love the standard shape – each are a great way to do a little cheeky showing-but-not.
6. With a cropped jacket. Come fall, don’t forgo your maxi skirt! Keep it in the mix all summer fall long by wearing a jacket over it and popping some tights under it. Just be sure that your only long layer is on your bottom, especially if you’re petite in size. A long jacket over the long skirt would overwhelm many bodies, but a cropped jacket hitting right along the natural waistline is just the right amount of fabric for any fall breeze.