Maxi Skirt Cool

at Reed Krakoff (photo:

Maxi skirts for fall is a trend I just love. Maxi skirts made a comeback this past spring and certainly were cute with sandals and a tee shirt through the warmer months. I did a post on spring maxi skirts (Loving: Maxi Skirts) awhile back and think it’s time to update the styling for fall 2010. It seems like it might be a tricky, for instance, how do you keep from getting swallowed up by all that fabric, especially when covered up on top too? How do you make it look modern and not simply bohemian or (aaak) dowdy?

photo: Vanessa Jackman

How to style a maxi skirt

I like the balance of a leather jacket or some sort of vest (suede or shearling would be pretty), with the long lines of the maxi skirt. Ideally, the leather jacket should be very soft and pliable. It should move with you and be able to scrunch up in your hand. The stiffness of a traditional motorcycle jacket would be too unbending for this look. The skirt can either be slim cut or flowing, with the latter being a bit softer and therefore a stronger counter to the leather. Choose a light basic top underneath. Finish off with a pair of lace-up boots, strappy ankle boots, or a stacked heel. You’ll want a thicker heel, so it won’t get lost under the hem of the skirt.

Here’s my Polyvore set of how I’d style a maxi skirt right now. I love how all the looks came out. Check out the cool graphic prints on the maxis from Topshop (2nd from left) and from Miss Selfridge (3rd from left). Petite girls might have to go the solid route and choose a jacket and skirt in the same color tone to get the most lengthening look.  I went digging through my own closet last week for a maxi + jacket outfit and came up with one that resembles the last look. Can’t wait to wear it. I wish I had the height for the zig-zag skirt, but I don’t. Curses!

Lot78 Kessie leather jacket
$900 –
Leather jacket »

299 GBP –
Leather jacket »

Jacket Cezarro Anthracite
11 600 SEK –
Leather vest »

maxi skirt
22 GBP –
Skirts »

Grey/Black Stripe Maxi Skirt
20 GBP –
Long black skirt »

Premium Graffiti Maxi Skirt
$125 –
Slip skirt »

Black Maxi Skirt
16 GBP –
Long black skirt »

DK 90 Lace Up Bootie – Grey
$795 –
Grey boots »

Wedge leather Bootie
$791 –
Leather boots »

Hortense Lace-Up Ankle Boots
$895 –
Ankle booties »


5 responses to “Maxi Skirt Cool

  1. Still 100 degrees, but my chino A-line maxi is ready to go. Love a maxi with low heel cowboy boots, the snazzier the better. Really short gals should stick to a different length. Average to tall look great.Practicality won out.

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