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Maxi skirts: Floaty summer style

Maxi skirts are a style meant for summer. Long, soft and floaty, these long skirts were made for summer holidays! If you're new to such skirts, follow these basic rules: First, choose one in a light colour. You may be more used to wearing dark colours on your bottom half but given the sheer amount of fabric in a maxi, this could be too over the top! Wear a crop top if you dare; if not, choose simple tanks or slim-fit T-shirts. Never wear a maxi with a long, flowing tunic, as you will lose all definition in your figure.

Finding long skirts to suit your shape

If you have a pear shape or hourglass figure, then it's important to emphasise your waist in maxi skirts. Tuck your top into your waistband; you could also add a belt if you like. Inverted triangles can try tiered maxi skirts. The layers of fabric will help to balance you out, giving you a more feminine silhouette. Shorter girls often favour mini skirts over long skirts, but can still pull them off. Look for something that will flash a bit of leg, so you do not disappear in the fabric. This could be a side or rear slit, a hi-low hem, or a button-down front. All of these are excellent options for a petite figure in a maxi skirt and alternatives to short skirts. You might want to stick with heeled shoes, rather than flats, to elevate you a little more.

Unusual ways to wear women's maxi skirts

You may think that maxi skirts are just for summer, but in recent years, fashionistas have taken these skirts outside their traditional season and worn in them in new and exciting ways. To toughen your women's maxi skirts up for autumn, look at the accessories that you choose to pair with them. Rather than sandals or wedges, choose chunky trainers or combat boots; it's fine for them to peep out underneath. On top, keep your top fitted as always, but add an interesting jacket. The best styles of jackets for this look should be cropped to the waist and, ideally, a bit edgy or androgynous. Think bombers, denim jackets, or even leather. By mixing the soft, delicate maxi with hard-edged pieces, you'll create an interesting look.

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