Printed Maxis

If a solid-colored maxi skirt is an inherently dramatic piece--and let's face it, all that fabric practically demands attention--today's Trend Report topic is on a whole other level. Even in muted tones, the print maxi skirt is a show-stopping, center-stage piece and it's having its moment right now. Whether it's paired with a slouchy sweater (Whitney Port), a simple t-shirt (Emma Roberts), or boho-rock essentials (Gillian Zinser), the print maxi is both versatile and transitional, making it a must-buy!

While the bright maxi was a key piece for spring, there were loads of lovely print options on the fall runways. We were particularly keen on the way Missoni showed the floor-length floral silk Lena Skirt (price upon request) styled with the chunky-knit Wings Sweater ($775, 212.517.9339) and oversized Bois Cardigan ($1935, 212.517.9339). The resulting look is a cozy, cool, and fabulously unfussy option for autumn.

Of course you don't have to wait until the seasons change to start wearing this look, it works perfectly well for summer too, as our celebrity examples demonstrate! Emma Roberts showed us a warm-weather ready way to wear the print maxi earlier this spring when she was snapped in Los Angeles in a Minkpink Storm Boy Printed Maxi Skirt ($41), paired with a James Perse t-shirt, Isabel Marant boots, and a Balenciaga bag. Her fitted black t-shirt tempers the abstract print nicely, a wardrobe trick also used by Fearne Cotton in London earlier this month. The British stunner was photographed leaving Radio One in London dressed in a slightly '90s look, comprised of a skirt from her own line (which is exclusive to, specifically the Vintage Print Maxi Skirt ($64), with an American Apparel t-shirt, Kurt Geiger boots, and her favorite Mulberry Tillie Bag ($1200). We also noted that Agyness Deyn went for a similarly simple top when wearing a maxi skirt to a party celebrating Rebecca Minkoff's in-store shop at Confederacy in Los Angeles. The blonde model selected Minkoff's own Bonne Cascade Skirt ($328) for the event, which she wore with a vintage white tee and the designer's Circle Quilt Affair Bag ($325).

In addition to being ideal for summer, you can certainly work the print maxi this fall too. One option is to take a page from Whitney Port's stylebook and wear your maxi with a cozy, slouchy sweater, as she did in Santa Monica last month. The lovely Port mimicked the look of a print maxi when she wore a Blu Moon dress--which is sadly sold out, though the Belize Asymmetrical Tube Dress ($134) has a similar look--with a Tsubi sweater, Bloch shoes, and Karen Walker sunnies. The combo definitely has that Missoni runway vibe and is very California casual! While we certainly appreciate Port's easy outfit, we also adore the layered look Gillian Zinser assembled for the opening of MOCA's graffiti and street art exhibition, Art in the Streets. On this occasion, Zinser selected a bold Topshop skirt as the focal point of her ensemble, and then added layers in the form of a long The Reformation tank and a cropped vintage leather jacket. The actress accessorized with a floppy brown vintage hat, Zodiac shoes, and lovely lilac locks, which are courtesy of Sarah Conner at Neil George, in case you were wondering!

Now that you know the runway origins of the printed maxi and have some inspiration on how to wear this essential piece, it's time to talk product! Luckily there are tons of top-notch options on the market right now, so you shouldn't have a problem picking the perfect print maxi for your wardrobe! If you're interested in a bright print, we'd like to direct you to Alice + Olivia's Shannon Printed Maxi Skirt ($485), Mara Hoffman's Red Arrows Maxi Skirt ($334), Torn's Riley Maxi Skirt ($180), and Forever 21's very affordable Ikat Maxi Skirt ($20). For a subtler statement, we recommend Stylestalker's Floral Print Chiffon Skirt ($207), which has a gorgeous gray floral print, and also like ASOS' Retro Floral Print Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($78) and Floral Printed Pleat Maxi ($86) tremendously.

Photos of Emma Roberts and Fearne Cotton, courtesy of Splash; Photos of Agyness Deyn and Gillian Zinser, courtesy of Wire Image; Photo of Whitney Port, courtesy of X17