How to Wear a Maxi Skirt

For a long time I thought I couldn’t pull off a maxi skirt. I tend to go for more fitted silhouettes, but once I tried it on and came up with a “formula” for styling the flowy skirt, I suddenly became a fan.

How to Wear a Maxi Skirt

Basically my summer maxi-skirt formula is this: figure-hugging tank top, maxi skirt, wedge sandal or flip-flop, a bold accessory.

How to Wear a Maxi Skirt


If it’s cool (spring/fall) you can throw on a denim jacket.

how to wear maxi skirt

For winter, it’s similar: figure-hugging tank top or tee, denim jacket or fitted cardi, maxi skirt, wedge boots.

How To Wear A Maxi Skirt for Winter

Let’s break it down.

It’s important that the tank top or t-shirt is form-fitting because the skirt is so voluminous. If you wear a baggy shirt, you’ll just look frumpy. Also pay attention to the length of your shirt. The first one I tried, this white tank, was too long so it threw off the proportions and also drew attention to my belly, which isn’t, um…. as flat as it once was, thank you, children.


The scarf really takes this outfit from okay to wow. I first tried the outfit with a statement necklace, which was fine, but this scarf adds a lot more interest to this otherwise plain outfit.

How to Wear A Summer Scarf

The chevron skirt, on the other hand, already has a lot going on, so I went with 2 layered necklaces instead.

rebel pendant

Here are some other cute ways to wear a maxi skirt.

How to Style a Maxi Skirt | Knotted: Sprinkles & Sequins| Belted: Imperfectly Polished | Knotted: Miss Renaissance | Sleeveless Denim Jacket: Neiman Marcus

I’ve been meaning to try mine with a t-shirt, and knotting it at the side. I also like the way the 2 girls above put a big belt over it. That breaks up the look and calls attention to a tiny waist. And the blouse knotted at the waist is cute too.

Obviously there’s more than one way to wear a maxi skirt, but this is what I find works best for me. Having a “formula” makes it easier to put new outfits together on the go.

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