Monday, January 24, 2011

How to Pull Off the Maxi-Skirt Trend This Spring Without Looking Like a Homeless Gypsy

 Some of you are about to run away because you're thinking: 

The maxi-skirt is not for me.
 I'm too short/curvy.
 The trend is too intimidating.
 I just really HATE long skirts. Eww. 

Crazy how I read your mind, huh? I can relate because until recently, I thought all four of the above statements. However, through some fashion research (which is wayy better than research for the paper I should have been writing -- don't worry mom I got it done) I discovered the floor length skirt actually has quite a dramatic and simple silhouette; it can transfer your most basic closet staples (lookin' at you white T & black leather coat!) into a supremely chic ensemble. This is sure to be a Spring/Summer 2011 staple.  If you're willing, use these tips as a little guidance for conquering this look. 

"#1: Define that waist! There's one surefire way to look like a shapeless sack in a maxi skirt--by hiding your gorgeous figure under too much fabric. Adding a belt, like Olivia Palermo did with her motorcycle jacket/printed skirt combo, or as seen on a model from J. Crew's spring 2011 presentation, will give you a distinct silhouette and help emphasize the slimmest part of your body."

"#2: Show a little skin We're not saying you need to get all T&A extravaganza on us, but a little flash of flesh will keep your maxi skirt far from grandma territory. Opt for a deep-plunging v-neck, like on this model at MaxMara, or wear a sleeveless turtleneck to remind people that you've got a hot young bod under that super-long skirt."

"#3: Mind your proportions This one is especially helpful if you're not a supermodel--don't go big on the top and big on the bottom, because too much volume can give the appearance that you're bigger than you really are. If you've got some curves, flaunt 'em in a tucked-in fitted top; if you're keen on keeping your bum covered, go for a boyfriend blazer and cinch it around the middle."

Don't know where to find one? Free People & Forever 21 have great, affordable options

{Via Slaves to Fashion}

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