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Would You Wear… a Maxi Skirt?


Alessandra Ambrosio in a Maxi SkirtVanessa Hudgens in a Maxi Skirt
Photo Credits: 1, 2

The mini skirt trend has been abandoned and hemlines have dropped: Now, maxi skirts are all the rage. The look is appealing for many reasons, including its comfort and versatility. The skirts are easy to throw on with any item in your wardrobe and are easy to move in – perfect for college girls on the go.

From celebs to runway models, everyone seems to be rocking this trend lately. And due to the wide range of prints, colors, and price points these skirts come in, it’s not hard to find one you like.

For summer, peasant-style maxi skirts are popular, however the fall runways have predicted more dramatic, less flowy looks for both day and night wear. Here are a few examples of ways to wear maxi skirts for both seasons:

Summer maxi skirt looks…

Summer maxi skirt outfit 1How to wear a maxi skirt in summerSummer maxi skirt - floral skirt with grey top
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Fall maxi skirt looks…

Fall 2010 Maxi skirt on the runwayFall Maxi Skirt Look 2Fall Maxi Skirt look 3
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Personally, I was hesitant at first about both maxi dresses and skirts. But after seeing how flattering and easy to wear they are, I changed my mind. I think they are adorable for both summer and fall, so long as the dress or skirt is the main focus of the ensemble.

What do you think?

You’ve heard what I think – now I want to know your thoughts on this floor-sweeping skirt trend! How do you feel about the look? Would you add this look to your wardrobe? How would you wear a maxi skirt? Let me know with a comment!

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65 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Maxi Skirt?”

  1. 1
    July 27th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Well I wouldn’t wear them in fall, summer or spring are better for this trend.
    They look really cute in summer + very comfy !

  2. 2
    July 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I really like the way that Vanessa Hudgens is wearing her skirt.

  3. 3
    July 27th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This isn’t a trend I would try. I don’t think I could pull off such a long skirt.

  4. 4
    July 27th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    love this trend!

  5. 5
    July 27th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Here’s some inspiration for pulling the look off :

    I would definitely like to have one, but I haven’t yet been paid for my summer job, so it will have to wait. :-)

  6. 6
    July 27th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I recently started wearing maxi skirts and have found them to be great! By pairing them with different cute shirts & belts they can easily be dressed up for going out at night or for casual shopping on a summer day. This trend is cute but comfortable! I can definitely see it carrying over into the fall and winter with boots and scarves.

  7. 7
    July 27th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I love maxi skirts and dresses on other people but they’re just not my style. I have a really girly, edgy style and I’ve yet to see one that I think would suit me. I also can’t work out what shoes to wear with them!! They look great on people with a relaxed boho look though.
    I’m also really worried they’d make me look super short!!

    Charlotte xxx

  8. 8
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I used to wear maxi skirts when I was working as a tutor for teenagers in the summer: it’s a great way to handle the hit (I’m talking real, Latin American hit!) without being too provocative. However, I’m a boho-relaxed girl, so it works with most of my wardrobe. It’s not for everybody.

    Oh, and talking body types: I’m sort of short (1.63 m, is that 5’2 or 5’3?), but I make the look work with high waisted kind of skirts, long necklaces and maybe a bit of heel. That way you don’t look like a hobbit (at least I think I don’t…)

  9. 9
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I love maxi skirts in any season. They’ve replaced my jeans, honestly. I have a couple of black ones and I can just throw one on with ANYTHING and go. I get compliments and people ask why I’m so dressed up… and it’s just because I have a skirt on…

    I really think that maxi skirts can be worn by anyone… you just have to style it for you.

    I’ll pair my black maxi skirts with pretty much anything. They are really basic, fundamental pieces.

  10. 10
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I think the trick is to wear the skirt and not let the skirt wear you.

  11. 11
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Finally, a trend I like! I love that these are comfortable, versatile, and insanely easy to make if you’re sewing-inclined. :-] I agree with Tamara, too, that high-waisted styles are great if you’re worried about height.

  12. 12
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I know it’s pretty much the same, but I don’t really like maxi skirts, while I do like maxi dresses. I know, I’m weird.

  13. 13
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I wore a maxi skirt almost every day when I was in high school lol

  14. 14
    July 27th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    My style is all over the place, so when the “boho girl” inside me is screaming, I dig out my goregous maxi skirt- it’s got a really beautiful pattern on it so I just pair with with a basic v-neck or a button up and some sandals. I’ve seen some cheap plain ones that could be paired with a graphic t-shirt and a scarf at places like Nirvana. Give them a shot! They’re really comfortable and depending on the weight of the fabirc can be worn in spring, summer, or fall.

  15. 15
    July 27th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    As long as it’s not tiered or printed, it can be a pretty nice look.

  16. 16
    July 27th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I bought a very bohemian brown maxi skirt years ago. I never wore it until one day I turned it into a dress by pulling it up and wearing a belt at my waist. I think I’m too short to pull of the maxi skirt properly (why I also stay away from maxi dresses).

  17. 17
    July 27th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Where can you find some cool maxi skirts that are more for fall??

  18. 18
    July 27th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    At 5’1″, I’ve found maxi dresses in stores that are longer than my entire body… I love this trend on tall girls, but it’s not for me.

  19. 19
    July 27th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    The skirts look great here, but they’re just not really my style. I’m pretty short too, so a maxi skirt might just make me look shorter.

  20. 20
    July 27th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I have been looking ALL OVER for the perfect maxi skirt! Being 5’3″ doesn’t really help, but it’s hard to even find a maxi skirt since all the stores are selling maxi dresses! I feel like if I could find one, or tailor one to my size it would be perfect. I really do love this trend.

  21. 21
    July 27th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I love the fact that you featured Vanessa Hudgens!! I am a HUGE fan of hers (especially when it comes to her fashion sense!) Do you think you could do a fashion inspiration on her?? I also heard that she may come out with a clothing line soon! :)

  22. 22
    July 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I wore maxi skirts all the time in high school, but now I hate them. I used to think they looked good on me, but now I think they look terrible. I can’t seem to make them work anymore.

  23. 23
    July 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love the maxi look, but it just doesn’t work for me. I feel like you need to have a lot of volume to pull it off, like really long hair (notice how a lot of these pictures include models with longer hair) or just not be petite. I’m 5′ 6″ and my hair is a little short, so I definitely don’t like the look on me. Maybe next year when my hair’s a little more fab I’ll give it a shot.

  24. 24
    July 27th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Love it with a short loose tank for summer and belted with a cardigan for fall. I love the look but it’s not necessarily the most flattering for everyone…especially if you’re on the shorter side. If you fall into that category, wear with a boho-chic wedge!

  25. 25
    July 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I think that when worn correctly maxi skirts can look so good!

  26. 26
    July 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t so much mind the look, but that’s a no go for me. my legs are my best feature. no way am I gonna hide them.

  27. 27
    July 27th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I think some people wear them well and they look soo good on them! but they aren’t really my thing, plus i’m so dang short so they pretty much swallow me haha.

  28. 28
    July 28th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I have one. So I would. =D

  29. 29
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    i am a bit short and pretty hour glass shaped…. im not so sure this would really do the most for me, but i would definitely try it if i was taller!

  30. 30
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I would love to wear one – especially when I am dissatisfied with my legs…

    However, seeing that I am also short – it’s hard for me to find one. :/

  31. 31
    July 28th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I have ridiculously short legs so maxi skirts just don’t work for me at all unfortunately. They make my whole body look even shorter and it’s just not good.

  32. 32
    July 28th, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Personally I love maxi skirts for summer but I’m unsure what shoes would look best with them for autumn or winter.
    Do you guys have any suggestion?

  33. 33
    July 28th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I feel like the models shown do a fine job of depicting the maxi skirt trend at its best. They offer a taste of the classier side of the maxi skirt. Unfortunately, I have not seen anyone pull off the look that well in real life. Too often the maxi skirt causes its wearer to look more like a frumpy hobo than a stylish young woman. Kudos to those of you that can master the maxi skirt and make the trend work with confidence and flair!

  34. 34
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I like the way vanessa hudgens is wearing her skirt. I’d wear one if I could pull it off, but I don’t think I can, and I’ve never ever worn one.

  35. 35
    July 28th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I remember I used to own peasant skirts when I was in middle school but, I think that if I could find one without the tiers I would wear it. But could short people (like myself) pull it off without looking swallowed?

  36. 36
    July 28th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Yet another trend that the vertically-challenged can’t pull off.

  37. 37
    July 28th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I just bought a maxi skirt with a tye dye design at the bottom, it is to die for! LOVE the maxi skirt look, it is so boho chic

  38. 38
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I wear long skirts a lot – I’m really glad they’re in style now. I have Lupus so I’m extremely sensitive to the sun – any way that I can cover my skin and still stay cool is a bonus for me!

  39. 39
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Love the look, but I probably won’t be able to pull it off since I’m short and curvy.

  40. 40
    August 2nd, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Long, clingy skirts (some with slits up the sides) = big yes! These flowy skirts that don’t do much for my figure = I doubt it. I might try a few on, but if they don’t flatter my figure (I’m a curvy size 6-8 in skirts/slacks/etc.), no sale. What looks good on Hollywood starlets does NOT always look good on me!

  41. 41
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I really dislike this look on anyone. It is not flattering in any way and when I see someone wearing one I think they are lazy. Just my opinion!

  42. 42
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve been wearing them since junior high! I once had one that was velvet with little gold coins on the hem, I absolutley loved it haha. Now I mostly wear the lighter ones for summertime, even though they’re long they’re super comfortable for hot weather. And in the winter I’ll wear a heavier one every now and then with boots. ;]

  43. 43
    August 5th, 2010 at 3:11 am

    So, I guess the general consensus is that short girls can’t pull off maxi skirts.
    Is that a myth?
    Actually, could you put together a few outfits for short girls or find some pictures of short girls in maxi skirts for the more petite ones? I’ve been looking for a way to wear those long, flowing beauties for a while. :)

  44. 44
    August 8th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I would wear one if I could ever find a cute one that wasnt too boho. Unfortunately, that is impossible.

  45. 45
    August 9th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    nice fashion

  46. 46
    August 25th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I think it’s a cute look. I always wanted to try but afraid to attempt because I am only 5’1″ and afraid this style will make me appear shorter…

  47. 47
    December 18th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I just bought a maxi skirt yesterday. Almost the same as the first picture, I’m short (5’1 and in between chubby and average). The reason why I bought a maxi skirt is because I’m a bit tired of wearing short skirts and pairing them with black tights. Also, I wan’t to wear a skirt that would hide my large calves.

    I reckon short people can pull-off maxi skirts/dresses if it is worn with high-heels or wedges. :)

  48. 48
    March 13th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I honestly don’t get why all you short gals are complaining about not being able to pull this look off. Don’t restrict yourselves just because of your height. Take Nicole Richie and the Olsen twins as examples. All three are petite women (Nicole is 5’1 and the Olsens are about the same height) and they wear maxi skirts and dresses all the time, not to mention they look GOOD in them. Height isn’t nearly as important as how you style the item.

  49. 49
    April 9th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Maxi Skirts: I don’t get what the big hoopla is about! I feel a lot of people here are kind of ones to be” fashion ignorant” for the lack of a better word. Trends are just suggestions and often come back with an element of updated modernity. So I feel people should try them before they nix them. I have a classic style yet I’m open to trends. Nobody would make a broad general statement claiming nobody can pull of jeans. That’s because they come in some many style and washes, it be very hard to say so. (Although I hate wearing jeans for comfort and overall style but that another story. It’s not like I don’t have a pair in my closet) the same goes for any trend or piece of clothing. Maxi Skirts come in different variations for everybody. This characteristic can lead them to be a classic fashion essential. I’m 5’5 with slim hips. So I tend to look stunning in maxi skirts that are formfitting and have a hemline (very important factor) that is very long. I also like fishtail skirts made of jersey lack skirts are the most versatile and personal favourite. Although have been looking for a black and white on similar to the one the author found ( thanks!). I stay from the bias cut maxis that or loose, peasant inspired, or have any volume what so ever. People praise starlets who wear gowns or brides for wedding dresses. In these cases everyone finds one to suit them and feel gorgeous. A gown, isn’t that essentially what maxi dress or skirt is? You just have to find the one most flattering for you.

  50. 50
    April 13th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Paired with the right top,(lower cut or halter)a maxi skirt can present a look that is just as sexy as the mini,and a lot more comfortable too ! Love the maxi trend and I found a lot of great styles and buys at Kohl’s,check out their maxi line,it’s worth a look ! Many of my friends(including my boy friend)have complemented me on my new maxi sense of style,good bye jeans !!

  51. 51
    July 1st, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I already own several maxi skirts as well as some maxi dresses. I love them they’re basically like pants only way more comfy and i don’t have to struggle to squeeze me butt into them like i do with skinny jeans. i prefer the tighter pencil-skirt maxis because i have an hourglass shape and it shows it off really well. I’ll definitely wear them in the fall as well just pair it with a leather jacket and you can’t go wrong.

  52. 52
    March 9th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I like the maxi dress very much. It has really become a fashion item. I do like to drop to the floor. Dragging on the ground is my favourite. The look is very behomian and relaxed. It make my silhoutet somewhat longer while my feet and shoes remain invisible.

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