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Ask CF: How Do I Change Up a Maxi Skirt?


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Dear CF,

I have sooo many maxi skirts. In fact, they’re all I ever wear and I need more outfit ideas. I don’t want to wear my skirts the same way every time to school; I want to make my outfits more unique and interesting. Please give me some ideas. Thanks! :)


I Love Maxi Skirts

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Dear I Love Maxi Skirts,

First of all, thank you for your question! Maxi skirts have been a popular for a few seasons now, and they don’t look like they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. But like you mentioned, sometimes it’s easy to get in the same routine with outfits, especially when you’re styling something like a maxi skirt that is a statement piece.

To make the most out of your maxi skirt collection, don’t be afraid to experiment with a few different looks. Do you always wear them with a simple tank? Try a graphic, or patterned tank, or even a long-sleeved button up. If you like color, maybe try playing with the color blocking trend. Some other options are to wear a maxi with a sweater, jacket, or vest to add something new to the routine. Lastly, don’t be afraid to play with accessories like belts, jewelry, or hats.

I’ve created a few outfits below for inspiration. I hope you enjoy them. And lastly, have fun finding some of your own new ways to wear you collection of skirts!



Outfit # 1

Ask CF-Maxi Skirt-Outfit 1
Product Information: Skirt, Shirt, Necklace, Watch, Sandals

For this look, I started off with this awesome striped maxi skirt. Next, add on a classic white button-up — I would probably tie the bottom to make it a little more casual. For another pop of color, try this neon statement necklace. And lastly, finish the look with understated accessories like this watch and sandals.

Outfit # 2

Ask CF-Maxi Skirts-Outfit 2
Product Information: Jacket, Top, Skirt, Sandals, Bracelet, Belt, Hat

For this look, I wanted to pair a cool printed tank with a maxi skirt, and I fell in love with these two pieces. As I mentioned in a previous post, denim jackets go with just about anything — including this look. To complete the ensemble, add on some standout accessories like a leopard printed belt, bangle, and hat. Complete the look with some gladiator sandals.

Outfit # 3

Ask CF-Maxi Skirt-Outfit 3
Product Information: Skirt, Earrings, Sweater, Sunglasses, Ring, Shoes, Bag

For this final look, try pairing your maxi skirt with a sweater. I especially like this light yellow one next to the charcoal grey skirt. Next, add on the accessories. I love the juxtaposition of feminine pieces like pretty drop earrings and a bow ring, contrasted with edgier pieces like wayfarer sunglasses, a fringe bag, and skull-studded ballet flats.

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What do you think?

Do you own a maxi skirt? Have you ever have trouble styling this trend? What are you favorite ways to change it up? Do you have a favorite outfit? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Posted on on June 10, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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34 Responses to “Ask CF: How Do I Change Up a Maxi Skirt?”

  1. 1
    June 10th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Great looks, love the second! I need to get a maxi skirt there so amazing ;) Great post!

  2. 2
    June 10th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    One super easy way to change up this look is to wear the maxi skirt as a tube top dress and belt it at the waist.

  3. 3
    June 10th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I’m still not a fan of maximum skirts but I will try some of there’s looks with my favorite mini skirts! Love the first and second!

  4. 4
    June 10th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Love the second option for summer, so bohemian and carefree!

  5. 5
    June 10th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I haven’t tried wearing maxi skirts, but these combos inspires me to grab one.
    Want to give the second look a try.

  6. 6
    June 10th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Loveee all these looks! I only have maxi dresses, not skirts, but I think these looks would work just as well with a dress

  7. 7
    June 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love that first look! The neon necklace is really cool. The whole outfit reminds me of something from J Crew.

  8. 8
    June 11th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The second look is one of my favorite looks that I have ever seen featured on this site. Well done!! I’m so craving that maxi skirt right now :)

  9. 9
    June 11th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I love Outfit #3! I have a bright blue maxi skirt but l do sometimes have troubling styling mine. Great post.

  10. 10
    June 11th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    That t-shirt in outfit two is offensive and appropriative! Seriously CF?
    We don’t need to resort to badly drawn war bonnets to be fashionable now…

  11. 11
    June 11th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    OMG its my question!!!!!!!!!!! i posted it a while back and didnt think it would get posted! YAAAAAAAAY! I love all 3 outfits im a summer/spring lover and these outfits would go great in my wardrobe! Thanks sooooooooooo much Jessica! <333

  12. 12
    June 11th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Another way to wear the maxi skirt is to wear a crop top and pull the maxi up mid-waist, so that only a few inches of your body are showing. It’s an awesome look, especially for most of the celebrities that i have seen wear it. Just make sure only about 2-3 inches are showing, if you’re wearing a bandeau bra with it, it could look a little more trashy!

  13. 13
    June 11th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    You ladies always have such great outfit ideas! I love the idea of wearing a casual maxi with a classic white button up!

  14. 14
    June 12th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I think the first option is great!

  15. 15
    June 18th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I really like the idea of pairing a cropped sweater with a maxi skirt. Awesome idea! The second look is fantastic! The only changes I would make are a) a different jacket to make the look neater and b) instead of sandals, I would wear wedges to add height and avoid the risk of dragging (I’m 5’0. Danger!).

  16. 16
    June 21st, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I bought a super cute brown gathered maxi, but my short thick waist makes it IMPOSSIBLE to wear with anything! I’ve never worn it :(

  17. 17
    July 12th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I have a dress that you can take the straps off. So I pull it down, and POOF! Maxi skirt.

  18. 18
    October 16th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I LOVE the last look! The skirt and the glasses and the bag and the shoes… Just make me happy!!!!! *cartwheel*

  19. 19
    January 31st, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    These are so amazing, thank you. My fave is the second look.

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