How to Style Your Maxi for Cooler Weather by Kristina

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Maxi skirts are the iconic sort of pieces generally associated with warm, sunny days and breezy walks along the beach. I love pencil skirts as much as the next girl, but it seems a certain sort of luxury to have that extra fabric swishing around your ankles. I'm such a fan of long skirts, so of course, I'm always looking for ways to take my billowy chiffon skirts into cooler weather. This season's version of the maxi are hardly to be restricted to the bohemian looks with which we associate them. This year they are smart, chic, and utterly feminine. Here are just a few ways I'll be working my maxis this autumn over at my blog, Kristina J.

Downtown Edge


A maxi skirt is super girly, so pairing a boxy striped sweater on top is the perfect balance of tomboy and feminine. It looks completely pulled together without being at all fussy. Plus, the pattern play is beyond visually interesting.

Surplus Chic


Take your cues from outside the city limits and incorporate an army-inspired jacket into your look. The rustic elements of a military jacket will hardly seem out of place when thrown over a sequined tee and cinched with a glittery belt.

Weekend Wear


Yeah, you could just throw on a sweatshirt, but why would you, huh? Wearing a light-weight sweater under a cropped jacket will ensure you're on point whether running errands or pleasure shopping...and if the afternoon gets too warm, simply shed the jacket.

Working Girl


You're sure to stand out in a sea of corporate business suits when you pair your maxi with well-structured layering pieces. The end result is professional while unexpected colors and the smallest of skinny belts maintain your individual flare.

Lunch Date


A chambray shirt knotted at the waist is as easy-breezy as the wind blowing through the trees. Set if off with a utilitarian leather bag and you're good to go.

Maxi skirts can feel more dressy and formal than their knee-length counterparts. A great maxi skirt has a lot of personality, so one skirt in an eye-popping color and another constructed out of a multi-hued print will give you tons of mileage for fall, bringing their own dramatic impact to your wardrobe. When in doubt, dress them down with more casual pieces to ensure your look is modern and fun.

18 comments :

  1. Crinkle Your ClosetNovember 17, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    Looking good!

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  2. Thank you for this lovely post!! I love maxi skirts but was always wondering about how to wear them in different circumstances. This really helps a lot!!

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  3. I love all of these looks!!

    Xo
    Alexandra
    www.fashion-feast.com

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  4. Nice post, I really like some of these looks. I was just looking at my maxi skirts in my closet longingly. But I couldn't quite work my brain around how to wear them without looking frumpy in the winter.

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  5. Loving all of these maxi skirt styling suggestions, especially the "downtown edge" one - such a great sweater and skirt combo!

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  6. I <3 Kristina J.

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  7. As a maxi lover ... so thankful for this post! So many great ideas, I've done the knotted denim shirt, but still have to try the sweater thing! amazing style Kristina!

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  8. I'm getting a lot of wear out of my maxis this fall. I think they're so great for layering! Thanks for some more ideas of how to style them :)


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  9. I love this post!  She has great style and I love all these looks.  Thanks for introducing me to her blog!

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  10. ooh the second look is my favorite! so chic :) the last look with the denim shirt is something I do all the time, it's so easy and cute!
    xx

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  11. Thanks for the ideas! I was hoping I'd be able to wear my maxis when it was getting cold.. I think I got some inspiration!

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  12. This is perfect! I've been trying to work up the nerve to do this, and these are some fantastic ideas!

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  13. Great looks- I love (no adore) maxi skirts & dresses but for some odd reason I just don't think they are cute on me :(

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  14. I love the maxi skirt I have but I live in Estonia, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to style it for the winter--I always think that sandals or flats look better with maxis. But today, I decided I would try out the maxi with my winter boots (that are still slenderish, they're not too bulky) and it's working for me! Glad I'll be able to wear the maxi through this freezing winter!

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  15. Aw, I love all of these looks! I still haven't tried out the maxi, though this definitely makes me want to! We get so much snow here through the winter though that they are pretty much limited to summer & fall,otherwise the skirt would be dragging through snow & slush! 

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  16. Circa-1975.blogspot.comJanuary 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I love all of these looks and can't wait to try them! My problem is that I'm tall with big feet and I don't know what kind of shoes to wear. Since I'm tall, my maxis aren't floor length so my feet/shoes will show. Any suggestions on what kind of shoes to wear with a maxi during cooler months?

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