I'm Convinced This Will Be *the* Must-Buy Basic for Spring

Kristen Nichols
·3 min read

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again—I love investing in great basics. Truly the backbone of my wardrobe, versatile basics are pieces I wear again and again and last much longer than just one season. While my closet is lined with plenty of great tees, blazers, and denim, there’s a new must-own basic popping up recently that I don’t own (but need to): maxi skirts. The trend has been gaining traction on the runways at brands including Jacquemus, Christopher Esber, and Fendi. And now, they’re starting to pop up on fashion insiders.

While the trend might seem a little tricky to style—to me at least—I noticed a handful of helpful outfit formulas that makes wearing one a breeze. A favorite trick from the runways? Add a crop top and heels or boots. The fashion set has also been experimenting with adding cool cardigans and midriff-baring cropped jackets to their outfits. For more inspiration on how to wear the maxi skirt trend, keep scrolling.

On the runways, we've been seeing the maxi skirt trend styled with beautiful tonal looks and midriff-baring crop tops. Here, see how designers are inspiring me to wear the cool skirt silhoette.

Christopher Esber is truly the master of cool midriff floss. This is truly a dream look.

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H&M Tie-Detail Top ($18)

Christopher Esber Loophole Tie-Accent Gabardine Skirt ($535)

Another great way to style the maxi skirt with midriff floss. A great crop top is key.

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Orseund Iris Le Club Cropped Satin Top ($330)

Jacquemus Novio Cutout Linen-Jacquard Maxi Skirt ($505)

Adding a cool set of arm warmers is a no-brainer.

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Zara Ribbed Arm Warmers ($18)

Forever 21 Maxi Pencil Skirt ($14)

I love the idea of wearing earthy shades like the ones spotted in the Jacquemus show.

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Skims Fits Everybody Bandeau Bra - Cocoa ($28)

Jacquemus Terraio Tie-Detailed Striped Linen Maxi Skirt ($645)

The fashion set has been quick to adopt maxi skirts into their wardrobes and their outfits prove just how chic and versatile they are. Whether paired with a matching top, a sleek cardigan, or a cropped jacket, there are endless ways to style them.

Cardigans are another great basic that go with just about anything. Bonus points for a directional shape.

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Zara Sweetheart Neckline Cardigan ($36)

Christopher Esber Lace-Up Poplin Maxi Skirt ($475)

Another case where the cool cardigan just works.

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With Jéan Carie Cardi ($189)

Zara Skirt With Slit ($30)

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a matching set.

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Anna Quan Heather Ribbed Cotton Turtleneck Sweater ($195)

Anna Quan Matilde Layered Ribbed Cotton Maxi Skirt ($330)

Go for a cool print that you can wear head-to-toe.

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Christopher Esber Sleeveless Knit Tie Crop Top ($240)

Christopher Esber Pleated Knit Tie Skirt ($305)

One of my favorite maxi skirt outfit trends for spring? Adding a micro cropped shirt.

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Mirror Palais Collared Cropped Shirt ($315)

Mirror Palais The Skirt ($400)

A neutral top is a great way to balance out a printed skirt.

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Mango Openwork Knit Cardigan ($40)

Musier Jupe Esperanza ($134)

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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