Then, it went on sale and I got a price adjustment to about $40 so.....let's just say that I was determined to make this work.
I pulled the skirt out of my closet to wear the other day, but ultimately gave up and hung it back up because I couldn't figure out what shoes to wear! Sure, in the summer, you can just wear some open-toed sandals or wedges, but when it's cold out, my toesies might not be so keen on that idea.
So like any good blogger, I took to the Internet. And apparently I'm not alone with the whole shoe-pairing question. The following is what I learned about my own preferences for maxi styling. I hope it also may help you!
1. I like the look of same-color shoes (for my purposes, black shoes with a black maxi skirt) or maybe cognac shoes for contrast. I like the look of "tough" shoes, combat-type flat boots or less-tough boots with a little height, but I don't want to look "too" urban. Maybe a lace-up wedge like my new Steve Maddens?
|Free People Tencil Rib Maxi Dress|
|Free People Maxi Scoop Long Sleeve Dress|
2. Playing with the skirt length is required. I like the look of to-the-floor skirts where your shoe doesn't even matter because it looks so flowy and bohemian. But I also like the look of ankle-length skirts that show off your shoes. What looks best on me will probably depend on my body shape and height. Lucky for me, my maxi skirt has a foldover style so I can either wear it as a tube dress or fold the waist over and adjust the length.
3. Keep it simple and think about proportions. I like the looks most with neutral colors and simple shapes/proportions. My favorite is this Michael Kors one---so classy, right? But I also like the look of a striped casual top and a cropped vest with a long skirt. It seems to work great with both casual and more formal looks.
|Michael Kors Fall 2010 runway|
Rachel Pally Skinny Long Skirt at Shopbop
4. Which also segues into the matter of belts. I like the look of emphasizing the waist with a wide belt, whether it be under or over another layer. I also think the idea of a hip-slung belt (though a little more hippie-chic than I'm used to) would be a great way to elongate my stumpy torso and fake some good proportions. :)
|Elizabeth and James Taylor Long Skirt at Saks Fifth Avenue|
|Anthropologie Irresistible Maxi Dress|
5. Long necklaces seem to elongate the body to keep the skirt-wearer from looking "stumpy." I'm of average height so every little would help, right?
|Piperlime Promo Pic|
With that said, after all my research, I finally decided the brave the world with my new skirt. And I'm pretty happy about my look! I don't own a hip-slung belt so I had to improvise with a Gap jeans belt that I purchased in a Large. All in all, I'm loving the proportions, and the LOFT grey topper I bought has met all my expectations and even exceeded them!
|Tumbler Maxi Skirt, Gap leather belt, My grandma's hand-me-down necklace, |
JCrew black turtleneck, LOFT grey melange cropped drape jacket
Here are some more good links if you're interested in finding further information about styling, the trend itself, or helpful images:
How to Wear a Maxi Skirt at Diabolina Fashion Diary
Three Easy Tips for Pulling Off a Maxi Skirt at Glamour.com
OOTD with Plaid and Maxi Skirt at Style Pantry
The Maxi Skirt Fashion Trend at The New York Times