This Is the Comfiest Skirt Trend I've Ever Encountered (& It's Winter-Friendly)


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My only reservation when it comes to skirts is their comfort factor, period. A tomboy at heart, I highly value the ability to do anything in my clothes and am known to give up entire categories that don't allow me to do that. Cough, heels, cough. Recently, however, I encountered a skirt trend that provides all the comfort I desire without sacrificing style. This skirt trend may have even transformed my relationship with skirts overall—meet the maxi skirt. While the style has had its moments in grunge and hippy movements of yore, it was never quite as alluring to me as it is in 2021. 

Among the freshest takes on the maxi in 2021 are knitted styles, preppy pleats, and patterned A-line skirts that bring levity to a traditionally conservative silhouette. This skirt can be styled for formal events and casual ones alike, and could quite possibly be even more comfortable than jeans. 

Ahead, meet the 10 maxi-skirt outfits that will change your perspective toward the style forever.

Quilted Skirt + Sweater + Flats


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Let's start with an iconic winter maxi moment. The texture in this outfit is unmatched! Everything from the cable-knit sweater to the quilted maxi and bedazzled flats creates the perfect cozy-girl fashion moment that we all strive for.

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Separates on Vacation


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While on vacation, all I want to wear are matching separates. A maxi on vacation is an unexpected yet still great option when you're looking for a more elevated outfit.

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Patterned Maxi + Combat Boots


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I'm absolutely obsessed with the color play and proportions in this outfit (including the oversize dog). Who knew a printed maxi skirt could look so badass? 

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Pleated Skirt + Leather Top + Tights


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The pleated maxi is perfect for when you want to get dressed up, but it's still frigid outside. Layer some tights underneath for added warmth.

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Lace Maxi + Bright Accessories


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Black lace does something to me, perhaps because I associate lace with bridal clothing and it's such a surprise to see it in black. Lace maxis are still a pretty novel concept, so I won't be surprised if more designers continue to create takes of their own.

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Tube Maxi + Blazer + Flats


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I've been searching for new ways to style my blazers, and this look just unlocked a treasure chest of ideas. A maxi tube skirt pairs beautifully with oversize tops like blazers and button-downs. Finish off the look with flats for a casual lunch date.

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To a Formal Event


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The belle of the ball has arrived. This outfit proves that a two-piece set can be formalwearwhen one of those pieces is a voluminous maxi skirt, of course. Simply stunning.

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Slip Skirt + Button-Down Shirt + Clutch


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I like the idea of seasonal dressing where every item of clothing has a moment rather than being worn year-round. In the winter, ditch the miniskirt and wear a long slip skirt instead. It provides the same effect and is a more surprising choice.

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Knit Skirt + Faux-Leather Top + Flats


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Trust me when I tell you knitted skirts shield cold like no other. It's really like a windbreaker for your legs. 

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A-Line Maxi + Button-Down Top + Belt


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As a tie-dye aficionado, this maxi skirt speaks my language. The A-line shape brings structure to this generally casual print, which I love.

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Next up, These 6 Fall Layering Hacks Allow Me to Get the Most Out of My Wardrobe