Not only are maxi skirts /dresses, the most comfortable, flattering, and forgiving items of clothing to wear, they’re also surprisingly versatile too.
They’re easy to add layers over , as well as hide layers under, making them work with a wide variety of tops and shoes, perfect under almost all occasions, weather conditions and body types. This makes maxi dresses and skirts girls’ favorite pieces to wear and get creative with pieces you already have in your closet as well as fun accessories.
Whatever your style is, you probably appreciate the soft, relaxed, and romantic vibe that maxi skirts create – but you also don’t want to feel as if you’re tied to one look by wearing them with the same shoes over and over again.
When it comes to maxis , you have several options :
It is natural when you slip into a really long skirt to feel all free spirited, and thus, reach for the first pair of beaded, or shimmery flat sandals you can find. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but let your sandals determine the vibe of the whole outfit. For example, if it’s a sophisticated, look you’re after, and your skirt is more form-fitting than it is flowing, sandals with wide bands and ankle collars will establish the tone of the outfit.
Also, simply pick sandals that will complement and not compete with your maxi dress/skirt. So, let’s say you have a maxi skirt with a large or bold tribal print. In this case, you could easily go for a pair of flat sandals with woven bands, or wooden beads — but avoid anything too bold on its own, or you run the risk of trampling the effect of the maxi itself.
Wedge sandals are a warm-weather favorite, and even though they can be difficult to pull off with a certain mid – length and long skirts, they actually work really well with maxi skirts and dresses because the additional length helps to balance the heft of wedge heels.
Espadrilles and maxi skirts are a match made in heaven. But if you want to insure that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing slippers, be sure that you’re showing just a bit of leg. If your skirt is too long to show any skin, then opt for espadrilles with heels.
No matter how tall or short you are, a great pair of heels goes a long way in pulling off the maxi skirt. The heel will elongate your legs and create a more appealing all-around look. There aren’t really too many heels that don’t work with maxi skirts — especially when it comes to high-heeled sandals. Chunky heels, ankle straps, wedges, stilettos, strappy sandals — all will work great, as long as they’re well-suited to the style of the skirt in question.
As far as heeled pumps go, certain toe shapes tend to work better than others. For example, open, pointy and peep-toes are generally more flattering with maxi skirts than round toed pumps. If you really love pumps with round closed-toes, look for styles that have low-cut vamps, so that some skin will be exposed.
Shoe Styles to Avoid with Maxi Skirts and Dresses
- Loafers or other full-coverage flats don’t work well with maxi skirts and dresses due to the fact that they’re either too masculine, or that they make long skirts seem frumpy.
- Low-heeled clogs of the comfort variety really aren’t a good match for such feminine skirts and dresses, however, higher-heeled fashion clogs are okay for cooler weather.
- Sneakers — especially cross-trainers, walking or running shoes. As a general rule, sneakers and maxis don’t play very well together. However, you can successfully pair streamlined canvas sneakers with narrow maxi skirts for a kind of a cute and casual, preppy look.
Adapted from: About.com Shoes