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How To Wear a Maxi Skirt

May 30, 2012

The maxi skirt is here for the summer! But let’s be honest, this trend is not the easiest to wear. There are issues if you are short, issues if you are tall. The skirts are not always flattering in their shapeless form. But it is possible to wear a maxi skirt this summer, no matter who you are. Here’s how:

  • Pick a skirt that fits you well. Not too loose where you are drowning in the material. Not too tight where it is form fitting to show off every curve of your rear and legs.
  • Wear heels. No matter how tall or short you are, a great pair of heels goes a long way in pulling off the maxi skirt. The heel will elongated your legs and create a more appealing all-around look.
  • Go with a fitted top. When the skirts are long and flowy you need to create a silhouette. The fitted top will help with that.
  • Wear a scarf or necklace to bring attention to your face. You want to draw the attention up the line of your body and to your face, to complete the look. Go with a chunky necklace or colorful scarf.
  • Avoid horizontal stripes. Unless you are significantly smaller on the bottom, the stripes will make you look bigger and the skirt more voluptuous.
  • Wear Spanx or other shapers. A lot of the maxi skirts out there are snug in the rear and can cause a number of unsightly lines, bumps, etc… (No need to go into graphic detail.)


Patterned Maxi Skirts
Patterned Maxi Skirts by katyrose1 featuring a blue ring
Straight Maxi Skirts
Straight Maxi Skirts by katyrose1 featuring a maxi skirt
Color Block Maxi Skirt
Color Block Maxi Skirt by katyrose1 featuring a ruffle blouse

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  • Reply Still Blonde after all these YEARS May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Tons of cute looks, I like the one with the striped skirt an red/orange top the best.

  • Reply Kemi May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Great ideas. You know I avoid wearing maxi skirts because of not being sure which shoes to wear with them. Wearing flats looks like the option with all the people I’ve seen wearing maxis but I always feel uncomfortable doing that. I will go with your advice.
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  • Reply Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) May 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Love all the different choices and colors you are highlighting. I think my favorite is the black skirt but really liking the multi color v stripes for summer wear.
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  • Reply Lauren May 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    These are great tips! I’ve always wanted to wear the maxi skirt trend, but for some reason I could never get it to work quite right on me. I’m sure these suggestions will help a lot!

    much love,
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  • Reply Alex Elizabeth June 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love the pleated one… and I definitely second the Spanx! Sometimes I wear slips, too, if it’s windy.
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