Stylish, statement and easy-to-wear, maxi skirts have been going strong for seasons. Having originally started out as a summer go-to, the skirt silhouette is now a fully-fledged wardrobe staple, and with the right styling can be worn all year round. Distinguished by its long, floor grazing hem (hence the name) they’re often spotted on the runways, the red carpet and adorned by street stylistas during fashion week. Whether you’re after a casual, everyday style or in the mood for making a dramatic statement, we have a stellar collection of maxi skirts to choose from.
Finding your perfect fit
From billowy styles to close-fitting cuts, there is a maxi skirt style for everyone, whatever your shape, it’s just about finding what you feel good in. Petite ladies, the key thing to factor in is you don’t want to look like you’re submerged in swathes of fabric, so stick to fuss-free shapes or subtle A-line cuts that don’t add volume. Don’t be afraid to rock prints, just keep them on the small side as not to overwhelm your frame.
If you’re bottom heavy and worried about adding extra width, avoid details like ruffles and pleats that create bulk and instead opt for streamlined cuts that skim over your curves. Apple shapes hold their weight around the tummy, so if you want to detract attention from this area high-waisted or belted styles are best left alone, instead pick flared designs that sit lower on the body to create balance. Rectangle shapes also benefit from these styles as they add definition to your hips.
Don’t forget, what you wear on top is just as important as your skirt selection. A tailored shirt or slim fit, light sweater tucked in will balance out the proportions of a voluminous skirt, while cropped tees and jackets are great for showcasing your waist.
Choose your shoes wisely
The right footwear is paramount, pick the wrong shoes and you run the risk of outfit fail. For day, straight jersey and chiffon pleated styles go hand in hand with trainers for a dressed down vibe, while at night a silk or satin maxi dress looks divine with a pair of killer strappy sandals. During the warmer months, show off that power pedi by slipping into leather slides for easy breezy style, switching to wedges on balmy summer evenings. Just try to avoid stilettos at all costs, there’s nothing worse than getting tangled up your skirt hem.
Where to wear
The beauty of the maxi skirt is in its versatility. A black, form-fitting style looks equally as stylish worn off-duty with a leather biker, knit and ankle boots as it does with an embellished crop top and sandals for evening. Fancy shaking up your workwear repertoire? Why not try working a maxi skirt to the office. Chiffon pleated styles in sugary shades like pink and lemon look fabulous offset with a navy cashmere crew neck, while bold printed designs teamed with silky camis make a fresh alternative to your cocktail frock during wedding season. Don’t forget to pack one on your next holiday either, patterned maxi skirts and tie waisted styles double up as stylish sarongs when worn over your swimsuit.