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

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.


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

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.

JUNE 2019 UPDATE: See a more recent maxi skirt outfit. Clearly not much has changed in the past five years; I still love a good chevron maxi skirt!

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