The Maxi Skirt Is Back—Here’s How to Style It

The ’60s silhouette will be everywhere this season.
Last Updated
Aug 26, 2022

No matter the season, maxi skirts are a wardrobe staple. Boasting just as much wearability as mini skirts but with added elegance, long skirts are a favorite of off-duty models and aspirational tastemakers alike. These hero pieces are understated, versatile, and come in handy when you get tired of jeans, dresses, and trousers. 

How to Style a Long Skirt

Those devoted to short-hemmed styles may be daunted by a maxi skirt because of the added volume, but the modest garment gets maximum mileage when styled correctly. For beginners, we suggest scouring around for a matching maxi skirt set—it’s the easiest way to achieve an effortless and feminine aesthetic. If you don’t want to try a matching set, we recommend offsetting the exaggerated proportions of your skirt by wearing it with a second-skin top.

If you’re looking to dress your skirt down, a tried-and-true white tank top or T-shirt magically becomes out-of-the-house appropriate for coffee meetings, errands, and dates alike. Opt for a billowing blouse tucked in or out to elevate your maxi skirt outfit and accentuate the design. Then, complete it with an oversized blazer or a lightweight sweater. Your shoe choice will depend on your mood: sneakers or over-the-knee boots are the understated options, while slingback heels or designer clogs add ladylike polish.

Still in need of some inspiration in the styling department? We’ve got you covered. Ahead, find nine easy-to-copy long skirt outfits to elevate your on-and-off-duty look.

Shop the Best Long Skirt Outfits

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Everday Modernist

Have a summer essential that you’d like to convert for fall wear? Opt for an oversized button-down shirt that's versatile enough to go from beach to city days and pair it over a long skirt. Here, the founder of LouLou Studio, Chloé Harrouche, pairs a black tailored skirt with a tube top, which is great for grabbing a quick cappuccino and running errands or even for out-of-the-office meetings. The monochrome combo will pop against the crisp over-shirt while keeping you warm for days with a slight chill in the air. Then throw everything you got in a trusty bucket bag for a days-long worth of responsibilities.

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Maximalist

It may seem extra, but a printed maxi skirt can be just the thing to spruce up your typical fall and winter outfits. House of Aama designer Akua Shabaka proves why you should take an abstract pattern long skirt and pair it with an equally unique graphic top. If you’re unafraid of dabbling in the flashy and avant-garde, emulate her main character energy for the next vacation or party you have coming up. To top it off, we suggest pulling your hair back to a high ponytail and accessorizing with pumps and classic stud earrings.

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Minimalist

Minimalists, we didn’t forget you. A silk maxi skirt set is the look for you to add to your outfit lineup. Whether an all-white ensemble or a pink look that embraces Barbiecore, each monochromatic uniform ties in unison with muted accessories such as Prada’s Cleo bag. These looks will carry you from vacation in Spain to summer nights at home.

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Travel Lover

For a European escape, look the part in luxuriously relaxed pieces. Start with a solid-colored maxi skirt—after all, vacation is the time to experiment with bright colors and breezy silhouettes. Then, follow Candace Marie’s lead and offset it with a knit bralette and beautiful accessories like a mini bag, a statement necklace, and retro sunglasses. When temperatures dip, layer on a cozy sweater.

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Long Skirt Outfit for Fall

Nothing says fall more than an outfit that combines brown hues. For starters, Maison Margiela’s Trompe l'oeil Denim Skirt guarantees to impress no matter how you style it. It's a silhouette that makes a statement when paired with a simple bodysuit yet also looks stylish when layered with a multi-colored lightweight sweater, as shown by Telsha Anderson. The subtle-yet-striking design pairs best with an effortless slide-on shoe. JW Anderon’s Shearling-Lined Suede Slippers compliment the look, but you can also reach for the viral Boston Birkenstock.

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Long Skirt Outfit for Spring

Remember denim skirts? Let’s just say that the itty-bitty versions make way for the maxi denim skirt. It’s a welcomed blast from the past that’s having a moment among our favorite street-style muses. If you’re having doubts about its return and the Y2K trend, look to Sarah Mtimet for reassurance. Take a page out of her book and get creative with styling an A-line silhouette with a graphic t-shirt, lightweight jacket, and cowboy boots for a western-chic finish. 

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Long Skirt Outfit for Winter

A matching knit skirt set is just as easy as throwing on a sweatsuit—except way more fashionable. It’s also a lifesaver for packing because you can mix and match the pieces with other tops or bottoms you bring. A long-sleeve knit set is ideal for winter to keep you warm and cozy without sacrificing your style. Designer tights, matching shoes, and a clutch are key to rounding out the set for an easy look.

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Party Goer

Use Ellie Delphine’s chic outfit to inspire you to be the best-dressed guest at your next party. After RSVPing yes, begin creating your outfit and playing with color, length, fabric, and textures. Start with a printed slip skirt, then team with a blazer in a hue that matches the colors of your skirt. Finish with feather embellished accessories as Delphine stylishly shows as they will add a flair of ’90s glamour to any soireé. 

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Long Skirt Outfit for the Off-Duty Model

Last, but certainly not least, a maxi skirt outfit that says, “I look stylish without looking like I tried too hard.” This look is beginner-friendly and a fresh way to style sneakers. Australian digital creator Jacquie Alexander added a midriff-baring long-sleeve top and Balenciaga’s Cagole Bag. Still, you could easily top it off with a cropped cardigan once the weather cools. The best part? Alexander finished her look with the tried-and-true New Balance Sneaker. The unfussy—and comfortable—trainer is a toned-down statement option that's timeless, but for a more of-the-moment choice, reach for the Adidas sneakers

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