Now, not any ankle-grazing item will do. We certainly would not like to encourage anyone to return to wearing peasant skirts- that trend tortured us v e r y s l o w l y. Today's maxi-length should be simple; no ruffles or fussy layers. While not necessary, we do prefer a monochromatic look as it is most flattering to all body types.
One example of the "great lengths" we adore comes from the Kate Moss for Topshop collection. Seen here, the long dress has a satin skirt and fitted waistcoat top ($148.50, topshop.com). The juxtaposition of the modesty of the skirt and structured, yet bare, top make for a subtle sexiness that never screams, "Trying too hard!"
Photo of Kate Moss, courtesy of Splash News.