I’ve embraced the maxi skirt trend for the past couple of years during the warmer months of spring and summer – especially as my shorts-wearing days are dwindling.
Two summers ago, as I was searching the web for the ideal maxi skirt – not too clingy, youthful, versatile enough for casual or dressy occasions – I stumbled on a maxi skirt among a sea of maxi skirts on the Nordstrom website. It looked like it might fit the bill – and it was on sale (yay!!). So, I ordered it in a vivid and striking royal blue. (Scroll down to find it linked below.)
It was GREAT! Every time I wore it, the skirt would elicit compliments. It was comfortable, it didn’t cling anywhere; I wore it for work, to a wedding, to lunch. It doubled as a swim suit cover up. So I ordered a second in a beautiful bright tangerine red (they call it lipstick) – a color I never wear, but, hey, we need to step out of our comfort zone sometimes! And, as before, this version got enthusiastic compliments each time I wore it.
I recently discovered that this “magical” skirt is also easily worn as a dress. The folded waistband is a soft cotton knit that when unfolded and pulled up turns the skirt into a great strapless midi dress! It worked really well during a recent mini vacation as a swim suit cover-up when I wanted to take a lunch break while at the pool or walk to get something.
And the icing on the cake is that the crinkle fabric makes it perfect for travel – there is truly no way to wrinkle this skirt!
Okay – I know I sound a little over the top about a silly skirt, but it can be hard to find the perfect maxi skirt, and since it’s the season, I thought I’d share my great find with you.
The best part is, RIGHT NOW, the skirt is on sale on the Nordstrom online store (35% off – regularly $78, now $49.90). A few of the colors, including my first two, are pictured above (the skirt is available in seven colors). If you are intrigued and want to try it, you can find it here: Matty M Crinkle Maxi Skirt
This is such a versatile wardrobe item for spring and summer, and I’ve decided to get another myself!
Styling a Maxi Skirt
As I mentioned, I’ve become more of a fan of the maxi skirt style over the past couple of years, especially in the warmer months, because as I’ve been accumulating more birthdays under my belt, I’ve been giving up on incorporating shorts into my summer outfits. Maxi skirts, when styled with a casual vibe, look and feel “free and easy,” a comfortable and pulled together look that can easily replace a shorts outfit.
Whether you’re a maxi skirt devotee or a newbie to this look, have fun experimenting! Try a variety of looks so you can create a vibe to go with your mood or to be appropriate for a specific occasion or event. A simple t-shirt paired with your maxi skirt is a great casual look. Try topping it with a long sleeved button shirt or cardigan sweater for a layered effect. You can add a skinny belt over a t or shirt to give shape to your waist (this works to create a “waist” even for people who don’t have a defined waist). Or try a tank top with a blazer for an ensemble that goes from work to fun. You can even try a loose fit top with your maxi – you just have to be a little careful as you want to avoid an unshaped “sack” profile (again, belting is a good way to give your mid-section some shape).
Accessories are a great way to add style a maxi skirt look. Scarves (I’m a huge fan of scarves year-round), statement necklaces, or even eye catching earrings pull focus up to your face and balance the long silhouette of a maxi skirt. Another way to pull the eye up is to match your skirt with a print top.
Footwear for a maxi skirt outfit ranges from flat sandals, flip flops, canvas slip-ons, wedges, or even sandals with a heel for a dressier look. Pretty much anything goes (boots are great for a fall or winter maxi look – but that’s a conversation for a colder day). I like to wear flat sandals in warm weather with my maxi skirts. I really love the casual, light, and pulled together look that this creates. Whatever footwear you choose to wear, just be sure that the hem of the skirt is not too high from the ground, while at the same time, doesn’t present a tripping or stepping hazard.
A fun tool for styling ideas is the web. When I’m looking for ideas about how to style almost anything, I always consult Google and Pinterest. You will find tons of different looks and inspiration for your maxi style by searching either of these resources. It’s fun and almost like having a personal stylist!
If you decide to give this maxi skirt a try, let me know what you think. Nordstrom, as you may know, has a very flexible return policy, so if you don’t love it, there won’t be a problem returning it.
*Note: If you decide that you’d love add this great skirt to your wardrobe too, please use the link provided above (and here) so the purchase will be identified as originating from this blog. I want to disclose that I will earn a commission for any purchases made through this link. This will not incur additional cost to you. The price of the skirt is the same whether you find it via this link or independently. Thank you!