This summer, a certain style of skirt has grabbed my attention – the maxi.
Equal parts laid-back and feminine, the maxi is easy to wear on the weekend with a wrist full of bangles or the morning school/coffee run with strappy (but appropriately and sensibly flat) sandals.
No matter what you do with it, a fitted pencil skirt will make you look the business nine-to-five but pulling on a relaxed, floor-sweeping skirt: pays off in the fashion appeal, comfort and versatility stakes.
When you choose to wear maxi skirts, it’s important to remember four things. Let’s find out!
1. Consider your height
I’ll let you in on a short girl’s secret: too-long hemlines will only make you look shorter. Maxi skirts should just graze the top of your ankles – any longer and said skirt will feel less like a fashionable clothing choice and more like a safety hazard.
2. Cheat your waist
When wearing maxi dresses, nip in your waist at its narrowest point by buckling up a belt just under your rib-cage. This will ensure your frame isn’t overwhelmed by a loose-fitting maxi and helps to highlight hourglass silhouettes while creating the illusion of longer legs.
3. Avoid the cling
Skip suffering in multiple pairs of spanx all throughout summer and look for loose shapes and airy fabrics – they go hand-in-hand. The fabric you choose should sweep over your skin. Look for skirts and dresses made from cotton, rayon crepe or silk chiffon.
4. Try a leg split
Really! Opt for a single or double leg split, and as long as the skirt is loosely-fitted and cut from a light fabric, you won’t look anything like Angelina Jolie’s awkward pose at the 2012 Oscars.
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