Breaking: The Maxi Skirt Just Got Cool Again—Here's How to Wear It

How to wear a maxi skirt? Well, there are two looks this long-line piece most often gets tagged to. The first, of course, is boho. In its bohemian capacity, the maxi skirt sways amidst a melange of '70s accoutrements—fringed waistcoats, suede jackets and cowboy boots. But that look feels overdone. The second—the one millennials will recognise—was popularised back in the '90s. It is that of a floor-length maxi (probably black) hiding a pair of ridiculously high kickers, clumpy Buffalo Boots or scuffed Converse. Again, we've moved on.


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As nostalgic and easy as it is to revisit both of these, neither of them do the current maxi skirt offering justice. Indeed, over the last few seasons, the maxi has proven itself far more than a mere branch off another trend. It has become classic, modern, infinitely wearable and quite a statement-maker, whatever the season. It's a power piece in its own right.

Keep scrolling for tips on how to wear the maxi skirt and look up-to-date, and then shop a few of our favourite new styles.


#1 Keep it ankle length.
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Style Notes: A black maxi is very much property of the '90s, but it can be updated in seconds by its length. Keep it at the ankle, not on the floor, and get that new footwear on display.


#2 Try the knitted version.
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Style Notes: There's something chic about a knitted maxi skirt. Get the right texture, such as a version as seen on Diletta Bonaiuti, and you'll look incredibly modern. 


#3 Sparkle in sequins.
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Style Notes: Thanks to Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent and Thakoon, sequins are big this summer, so it makes perfect sense that they would work on a maxi skirt. Don't save such a thing for swish parties only—pair it up with a white tee and a denim jacket for day.


#4 Add a white shirt.
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Style Notes: Take a tip from the queen of unusual styling, Jenna Lyons, and add in a white shirt. Not only does it make it feel fresh, but it completely avoids the boho look.


#5 Try gingham.
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Style Notes: Yes, this has a certain Dorothy-from-Kansas vibe (especially alongside a basket bag), but seeing as gingham is still everywhere, that's not a problem. The length keeps it well away from all associations of the '50s pinafore, and to avoid looking too whimsical, it's anchored by a waist-nipping blouse and heavy black loafers—the pinnacle of sophistication.


#6 Think about a split.
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Style Notes: Don't want to feel too Victorian when wearing your maxi skirt? It can be floor-scraping but ensure there's a split up the middle for added sass. Make it even more modern by adding a pair of fluorescent sliders à la Lisa Aiken.


#7 Mix in loungewear.
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Style Notes: This tinkers on the edge of boho, but it's grounded in nowness with the addition of a baggy knit (very sofa-dressing) and strict grey palette. No conventional bohemian would marry a maxi with a comfy oversize V-neck sweater, but a fashion-forward experimentalist would.


#8 Belt it.
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Style Notes: There's something about adding a belt to a maxi skirt that makes it elegant. By creating a waist, you make sure that your outfit is sophisticated.


#9 Don't forget your holiday maxi skirt.
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Style Notes: Bringing beachwear to the city in a pre-planned and smart way can be very successful indeed. The sarong-effect of Gilda Ambrosio's marine Missoni maxi has poolside vibes, but sleek designer accessories can make any holiday-ready item look instantly more appropriate on the streets.

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