Love ’em or hate ’em, the maxi skirt is here to stay. Most of us have one hanging around, but lack of inspiration can mean they might not be getting as much love as they deserve. A sad thought, because the seemingly simple closet staple has so much to give (plus they’re a lifesaver on warm days when you didn’t have time to shave your legs). On-point for every season, these skirts only need a few updated accessories to keep them looking on top of their game. From tackling your to-do list to kicking back in the park, here are three new ways to rock your new favorite skirt.
Maxi skirts have a bit of a boho reputation, but if styled just right they’re the perfect base for a sophisticated office getup. Balance out the bottom with a smart drape-front blouse that has all the polish of a button-down top, but with a cool, contemporary edge. To dress up this low-lying number, take a pass on the flats and opt for a sassy pair of lace-up booties or sandals instead. The skirt’s no-fuss feel means you have the freedom to get funky with the extras, like one-of-kind ceramic drop earrings and an on-trend fringe bag. To pull it all together, drape a printed chambray blazer over the shoulders.
Chicwish Emerald Green Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($38) + Topshop Drape Front Top ($60), Aldo Dellarocca Heels ($90), Hechizo Regalo Long Tassel Earring ($80), Aldo Shoulder Bag with Fringe Detail and Tassels ($77), New Look Green Round Frame Preppy Sunglasses ($8), J.Crew Regent Blazer in Linen Palm Tree ($198)
A maxi might not have made it to your list of approved date-night outfits, but it’s definitely something you should consider. The long, flowy skirt has a subtle romantic vibe, making it uber-appropriate for an evening rendezvous. Pair it up with a cropped Bardot top to show off just a hint of that fabulous midriff, then add a cape-like tuxedo jacket for a little polish. T-strap sandals with glam gilded hardware and a beaded box clutch give the look a touch of red carpet appeal, while a quick swipe of punchy fuchsia nail polish keeps things feeling fun and fresh.
Chicwish Emerald Green Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($38) + New Look Green Bardot Neck Wrap Crop Top ($13), Vince Camuto Mitzy Metallic Snake Print T-Strap Sandal ($88), Aldo Bright Beaded Box Clutch ($77), By Boe Gold Leaf Earrings ($100), H&M Silk Tuxedo Jacket ($130), Jin Soon Nail Polish in Farouche ($18)
Consider your maxi skirt the summer equivalent of boyfriend jeans. Equally as effortless, it’ll work with almost everything in your closet — t-shirts, camis, bodysuits, you name it. For the ultimate off-duty ensemble, indulge the skirt’s bohemian side with a flowy, shoulder-baring top and a playful straw bag. A classic Panama hat and tortoiseshell shades will keep the UV rays at bay, while criss-cross flats and a bright rope collar give the look a hint of minimalist, of-the-moment flair.
Chicwish Emerald Green Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($38) + Zara Frilled T-Shirt ($26), Illesteva Leonard Purple Tortoise Sunglasses ($155), Christys’ London Witney Snap Brim Panama Hat ($111), J.Crew Beaded Rope Collar Necklace ($118), Floral Bella Nimmes Straw Tote ($148)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!