How to Style Maxi Skirts: 7 Stylist-Approved Outfits
Micro-mini this, itsy-bitsy that—there's been quite the buzz about mini skirts in recent seasons. But if you've grown fatigued by the flirty, thigh-grazing silhouette and all the discourse it's inspired (is Miu Miu's mini actually wearable?), turn your attention instead to the more mature sister of the skirt family: the maxi. The best maxi skirts offer astounding versatility, taking you from the beach to the office to your local neighborhood haunt for cocktail hour. And as Stitch Fix expert stylist Gillian McHattie explains, it comes down to which option you choose, of course, but also how you style a maxi skirt.
"There are endless patterns, silhouettes, and styles to choose from," she says of the maxi skirt gamut. It can be your new workwear staple: "For clients looking for an effortless and chic work outfit, a maxi skirt is top of my list because the length is appropriate for the office." But the floor-sweeping number also works as a casual piece to wear on the weekends, says McHattie. "I'm loving the resurgence of laidback, 70s-inspired maxi skirts, especially with the new release of the Daisy Jones & The Six series," the stylist offers, shouting out vintage-feeling "crocheted or embroidered patterns, flowy florals, faux fur, and brown leather" for spring 2023.
In short, there's a slew of maxi skirt options for women in 2023, guaranteeing you'll find one that perfectly matches your preference. Ahead, seven maxi skirt outfits and an edit of shop-ready pieces to get you situated for spring.
How to Style Maxi Skirts
Denim Maxi Skirt
"Denim maxi skirts are one of my favorite looks this season," McHattie shares. "For more adventurous clients, I recommend going all out and opting for a denim-on-denim look by styling a long jean skirt with a denim top and adding a pop of color with a suede bootie to really emphasize the maximalist western look."
Levi's Iconic Long Skirt with Belt
Mavi Jeans Tamara Oversize Cotton Denim Shirt
Shutz Ashlee High Suede Stiletto Bootie
Isabel Marant 49MM Round Sunglasses
Long Slip Skirt
"Right now, I’m loving a maxi slip skirt look paired with tall boots (like these from Dolce Vita) and an oversized sweater," shares McHattie. "This look is a perfect example of the Stich Fix-forecasted trend Proportion Play. What I love most about this look is that it’s extremely versatile because it incorporates staple closet pieces."
Banana Republic Dreamer Silk Maxi Skirt
Topshop Oversize Wrap Front Cardigan
Dolce Vita Eliot Suede Boot
Loewe Flamenco Mini Clutch
Floral Maxi Skirt
"With spring just around the corner, I recommend trying out the garden state trend," says McHattie, inviting you to lean into spring 2023's inspired and fresh-feeling take on florals. "Opt for a subtle flower-patterned maxi skirt to pair with a simple white top and your best ballet flats," offers the stylist.
Cara Cara Nathali Floral Tiered Maxi Skirt
STAUD Cotton Blend Felicity Top
Sam Edelman Felicia Ballet Flat
Ada Handmade Leather Wrap Belt
Long Leather Skirt
Unsurprisingly, leather will be a prevalent textile this spring, as the material is timeless and always manages to insert itself into the trend cycle no matter the season. However, the Stitch Fix stylist observes that she's "seeing a lot of warm neutrals such as browns and beiges" as opposed to the ever-standard black. "This brown leather maxi skirt from A.L.C is one of my favorite items at the moment because it's so chic and pairs well with both boots or flats," McHattie offers.
A.L.C. Tracy Skirt
Anne Klein Sleeveless Rib Turtleneck Sweater
Vince Camuto Caseyl Knee High Boot
Coach Cary Leather Crossbody Bag
Pleated Maxi Skirt
Given that preppy style is experiencing a rebrand in 2023 (evolving from stuffy and conservative to more playful and subversive), the pleated skirt is in the middle of a fashion moment. Cash in on the momentum by opting for a long skirt done in pressed creases, like Manning Cartell's voluminous option. Then, team it with a simple and understated white tank top and an effortless pair of slip-on shoes. "For complimenting a longer hemline look, 91 percent of our stylists predict that low heels will dominate women’s shoes in 2023," McHattie shares, dubbing a maxi skirt paired with kitten heels a trending combination.
Manning Cartell Kinetic Abstractions Maxi Skirt
Madewell Brightside Tank Top
BY FAR Evelyn Metallic Pointed Toe Mule
JENNY BIRD Izabella Collar
Black Maxi Skirt
"Stitch Fix predicted this year shoppers would focus on creating an Intentional Wardrobe, a personalized capsule closet with investment pieces that lend themselves to 24/7 dressing (i.e., the ability to wear a staple item for a variety of occasions and seasons)," describes McHattie. And a key item she sees shoppers gravitating toward is a neutral black maxi skirt. "I love a simple wrap skirt, such as this timeless black piece from B.Freedom, which can be seamlessly styled for the office or a weekend night out."
B. FREEDOM Simona Wrap Skirt
Lauren Ralph Lauren Leather Bomber Jacket
Good American Stretch-Jersey Thong Bodysuit
Vagabond Shoemakers Hedda Bootie
Crochet Maxi Skirt
McHattie encourages you to lean into a retro feel with your long skirt outfit, starting with a floor-sweeping option made of crochet. "For clients that want to take the '70s look a step further, try emulating the rock n’ roll vibe with a crocheted maxi skirt—like the below one from Theory—and pair it with distressed cowboy boots and a shimmery shacket."
Theory Tissage Open Stitch Maxi Skirt
Steve Madden Andee Sequin Check Shacket
Isabel Marant Dicker Suede Ankle Boots
Lu Goldie Milou Sunglasses