Minis, make way for the new skirt-of-the-moment: the long, flowy, 90’s-inspired maxi skirt. Featuring a flowy silhouette and often made from lightweight fabrics, the must-have maxi skirt can be just as cool as its teeny-tiny counterparts. And with a few style changes, this ankle-grazing essential can be simply transitioned from a standout wedding look to an office-appropriate staple.
1. Try a Crop Top
Warming weather is the perfect time to have fun with playful silhouettes – and your favorite crop top will do double-duty keeping you cool and in style when paired with your favorite maxi skirt. Keep it simple with closet staples, like a black or white cropped tank, or get creative with patterns and prints that tie in with the fabric of your maxi. Pair the look with chunky gold jewelry and espadrilles in summer, or layer it over a turtleneck with ankle booties as the seasons change.
Bonus tip: Opt for a high-waisted piece to create a flattering silhouette while keeping things modest, too.
2. Style it with a Button Down
The maxi skirt isn’t just for throwing on over your favorite swimsuit or heading to a morning market. This closet essential can be easily styled as an office-appropriate look, too. Thanks to its A-line silhouette, the maxi pairs effortlessly with your favorite button-downs, cinching in your waist and providing an hourglass look that’s covered and flattering, too. Opt for solid colors in on-trend earth tones, and look for pieces made out of natural fibers, like cotton or linen. Style your minimalist skirt with a pair of mules or penny loafers, and complete your look with a blazer or denim jacket.
3. Layer it With a Blazer
If you want a go-to formula for styling your maxi skirt, a flattering, tailored blazer is the perfect pick. It’s a great way to offset the femininity of the flowy skirt while still offering a put-together look that will take you from the office to daycare, and even a girl’s night out. Consider an oversized blazer and a patterned women’s casual skirt, or offset your maxi with a cropped jacket that cinches in at the waist. Want to style your maxi for cold weather? Double up on collars and get creative with a button-down shirt, sweater, and blazer for a maximalist layered look that will leave you looking effortlessly chic.
4. Go Monochrome
If there’s one trend we can’t get enough of, it’s the monochrome look. Monochrome ensembles appear put-together, sophisticated, and effortless, all while being incredibly easy to style, too. Consider shopping for a coordinated set that makes nailing this look easy, or spice things up by alternating between different shades in the same color family. Complete the look by adding a coordinating hat, handbag, or sunglasses to add some extra oomph and really tie the outfit together.
Keep it lowkey with white-on-white, or make a bold statement with this season’s best colors, like a vibrant red, hot pink, or on-trend kelly green.
5. Opt for a Corset
Consider this your crash course in styling corset tops. It’s a perfect piece for layering – and thanks to the flowy, A-line silhouette of your favorite maxi, the silhouette will look effortlessly chic while also cinching in your waist. To nail this look, don’t be afraid to play with unconventional lengths and pairings, or layer it over your favorite women’s tops online to make a maximalist statement. Balance out this feminine combination with edgy combat boots and black accessories, or play up the romantic theme with a simple hair bow and your favorite gold jewelry.
6. Embrace the Boho Vibe
Even if the boho look isn’t totally your style, embracing the bohemian look of maxi skirts can be hard to resist. Look for styles in floral or gypsy-inspired prints, and get creative with tiered detailing and other bohemian accents. For tops, look for styles that feature long bell sleeves to coordinate with the flair of the skirt, or get creative with an off-the-shoulder peasant top, too. Complete your look with a wide-brimmed hat and must-have tote bag to carry all your essentials, and pair it with gladiator sandals or heeled ankle booties to create a new outfit-go to.
7. Add Boots
The simplest way to style your favorite maxi? Opt for your favorite pair of heels. Whether you choose a stiletto or kitten heel, adding a bit of height will add structure and style to your look without going overboard. Contrast the feminine silhouette of the skirt with a pair of combat-inspired Doc Martens, or embrace the romantic look with a delicate strappy look. Want to play into seasonality? Look for a pair of suede ankle booties for fall, and embrace this season’s best trends with a strappy sandal heel for summer.
8. Keep it Simple With a Set
One of the best ways to style your maxi skirt also happens to be one of the simplest: choosing a coordinated set. It doesn’t have to be boring, either – have fun with bold colorways and abstract prints, or get creative with fun fabrics like knits and denim. Look for picnic-ready florals, or opt for a sophisticated style with luxurious silky sets. Finish your look with accessories that accent your pattern or print, and nail this outfit formula with your favorite maxi.
9. Go With a Turtleneck
A turtleneck and maxi skirt makes for the perfect foundation for a totally chic ensemble. It’s a great way to bring your staple summer skirt into the cooler months, too – especially when you add thick knitwear to the mix. Choose styles in minimalist colors like black, white, or ivory, and consider incorporating suede or leather accents for a sophisticated effect. Pair it with gold jewelry and other metal accents for the model-off-duty look. The best part? Only you’ll know how comfy it is.
A Maxi Skirt for Every Occasion
Whether you’re opting for a runway-inspired slinky knit number or looking to style a flowy floral piece, our style tips will help you nail an instantly polished look and reimagine one of your favorite closets staples.
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.