As the warm weather fades and the chill sets in, it becomes time to store away those minis.  But don’t let your nostalgia of sunny days and short skirts take reign; try the maxi skirt!  While the skirt is floor-length, it is, without a doubt, a trans-seasonal piece — don it in the winter, spring, summer, or fall.  There’s something so elegant about this floor-sweeping skirt, and depending on what accompanies it, the maxi provides an ethereal, professional, and classic look all in one–that’s the beauty of its versatility.  And we can’t forget the comfort and mobility it allows for!

Maxi Skirt Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung

Mary-Kate Olsen

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Nicole Richie

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As for what to pair with the maxi, there are many options to make your look either casual or dressy.  If you’re opting for a more sophisticated look, try a silk tank or blouse tucked in or cropped (no stomach though!).  For a cover-up, try a cropped blazer, leather jacket, or cardigan.   The key is to keep both the top and cover-up cropped, as longer pieces will hide the maxi skirt and cut off your waistline.  Try peep-toe mid-heel pumps or chic ballerina flats.  On the other hand, if you’re wearing the skirt during the day in a more relaxed setting, try a cotton tank or plain white tee — again, tucked in or cropped.  For outerwear, sport a jean jacket or tuck in a flannel.  And for your feet, wear sandals — gladiator, flip-flops, etc.  Or again, add some flats.  Whichever way you go, you’re bound to look chic with the maxi.

1. Rick Owens Lilies Skirt: $695

2. Sparkle and Fade Sheer Maxi Skirt: $38

3. Opening Ceremony Long Skirt with Slit: $298

4. Rachel Pally Long Striped Skirt: $189

5. Richard Chai Love Skirt: $265