Who would have thought that a simple maxi skirt could be so versatile? This is the perfect time to share with you how with a little creativity and on my part, a bit of boredom, I was able to find a few ways – make that twelve – to maximize the maxi skirt!
With the holiday season coming up, there will be tons of parties and festivities to attend. Nothing to wear? No time or budget to buy something new? Don’t want to be photographed in the same thing twice? No worries my dear Chictopians, hopefully my post will inspire you to play around with items already in your closet.
All you need: maxi skirt (or dress), a few safety pins, a belt, and a bit of creativity.
1. Column: wear the maxi skirt as is. Accessorize with a few fun pieces or style it however you wish.
2. Bottom knot: simply grab one end of the skirt and make a knot. Depending on the skirt’s fabrication, you may need to pin the knot onto the skirt so it won’t unravel.
3. Big knot: similar to creating the bottom knot. You can adjust the height of the skirt length based on the amount of fabric you grabbed. To make the knot look more like a rosette, twirl the fabric, make a knot, and pin if needed.
4. Side high-low: take the bottom end of the skirt (where the side seams meet) and pull upwards toward the waistband. Secure the end onto the waistband with a pin.
5. High-low: same concept as the side high-low. Depending on how much bubble effect you like, simply adjust as needed.
6. Side drape with belt: this may look a bit tricky, but it’s quite easy! From the lower thigh or knee level, take one side of the skirt and pull towards the waistband. Tuck or fold it inside the waistband and secure with a pin. Adjust the draping in the front and the back according to your preferences. Then add the belt for a more polished effect.
7. Double drape: similar idea as #6. After taking one side of the skirt and pulling it upwards, rather than tucking it inside, secure it with a pin on top of the waistband. Once the first drape is finished, take the side of the skirt (where it now falls) and pull upwards. Secure the second drape at mid thigh or at the knee.
8. Bustle: to do this, the skirt has to be worn backwards first – it makes it easier to see! Take the skirt from the side, at upper-thigh level, and pull towards the center. Tuck in and pin the ends inside the waistband. Adjust the amount of drape as needed. After this is done, fix the skirt so it is now facing the right way, with the drapes at the back. Add the belt on top as shown and this will hide where the skirt has been pinned.
9. Kangaroo Pockets: take the skirt from the sides at mid to lower thigh level and pull it upwards. Fold the skirt over the waistband and pin at the sides – this fold will create a pouch, hence, kangaroo! Then add the belt as a finishing touch.
10. Strapless dress: I’m sure many of you have done this before. Looking to transition from day to night? Just pull up the skirt and wear it as a dress!
11. Knotted: same idea as the big knot on the skirt in #3.
12. Cocktail: this also has to be worn backwards first. Take the skirt at the lower hip level and pull upwards to the waistline. Pull the excess fabric to the center and pin. This will create a similar silhouette as the bustle in #8, but just not as exaggerated. Adjust and wear facing forward. Untuck the fabric at the front for a blouson effect.
Of course, there are other ways of wearing a maxi skirt and I would love to see what you were able to come up with!
Images via Petite Avenue