Today's style file is all about the maxi skirt and how to style this sixties classic for summer seventeen.
I love the playfulness I feel when wearing a maxi. The way it sways as you walk is both hypnotic and refreshingly carefree. I'll find myself holding my skirt as I start to swish, sway, then twirl, and sometimes even skip and laugh so hard my head tilts back. I feel fancy yet totally at ease.
The maxi's effortlessness is one of the reasons I believe it's survived more than a half-century of trends. It's stylish for all four seasons and can be worn over and over again. Name me something better than a maxi skirt when you don't feel like shaving your legs, I'll wait.
As with any outfit, how you style a maxi all depends on where you'll be wearing it. Whether it's a formal event, dinner party, music festival or day at the beach, there's really only one rule: balance. This rule keeps you from looking maxi in a maxi. See how it's used below.
- Fitted maxis pair with loose tops
- Flowy maxis pair with fitted tops
- Fitted maxis and fitted tops pair with kimonos, long cardigans and anything that adds dimension
- Patterned, intricate or printed maxis pair with simple tops
- Simple maxis pair with patterned, intricate or printed tops
So how do you take this vintage garment and make it summer seventeen approved? Pair it with a bralette, crop top or bodysuit. These tops help define your upper body and give it shape, leaving you with a look that's sleek and sophisticated.
For this look, I styled a strappy crisscross v-neck bodysuit in nude with a white and blue floral print maxi skirt from Tobi.com. The skirt's feminine details are what caught my eye. When combined, the floral print, slit and wrap tie closure all have a working complementary relationship.
The floral print utilizes an abundance of white space and dainty flowers to create a pattern which is soft and delicate. The slit elevates the skirt and provides a great opportunity to show off your legs.
Finally, the wrap tie closure increases the skirt's flexibility giving you the option to adjust how tight it fits and where it hits your waist. Altogether, it's the perfect romantic maxi skirt you'll want to wear all summer long.