How To: Styling a black maxi skirt for short girls


How do you style a maxi skirt?

I have never been a maxi skirt/dress fan because I’m quite short, so I wasn’t sure how to style it in risk of making myself look shorter! Now I like them so much, I recently bought 3 from River Island! The jewellery is from….well, you know where the jewellery is from, so I won’t bore you with that. It’s not so clear from the pictures but the bracelet is made of multi-coloured skulls. The nail polish is shade Sea Breeze by 17 from Boots.

I was so excited to hear that I have to be chosen one of the five girls that won a place to blog about the Look Show in London next month. I know I mentioned it last time along with the dorky photos I posted but I really am so incredibly overwhelmed by all the comments on my entry post! Thank you so much. I had stayed up until 5:30am to work on that post; drafting the writing and formatting the images. I was in the zone, and wanted to make sure it was all cohesive so I didn’t want to sleep until I had finished it and needless to say, I felt like a total zombie the next day. Now I am so glad I stayed up to perfect my submission for the competition! Feeling like a zombie was totally worth it for an opportunity like this.

I had to leave the house for a few hours yesterday because I knew that if I stayed home,  all I would’ve done was obsessively check Look Magazine’s website and their twitter feed all day long. I’ve done that before where I am sat waiting for an email and all I did was refresh the page and drive myself insane with anxiety! I went to watch The Inbetweeners movie and then we went to Wagamamas. Definitely calmed me down but I could hardly watch the film properly because I was thinking about the pending competition result at the same time. I usually reply to all the tweets I get but my twitter wasn’t working properly, this has never happened before but I wasn’t getting any @ replies even though I spotted them on the hashtag for LookShowWSC. I’m really sorry if you tweeted me yesterday about the Look competition results and didn’t get a reply. I hope they turn up on my twitter feed so I can speak to you individually soon! Well done to the Top 20 shortlisted bloggers, I can’t wait to catch up with all your bank holiday blog posts! And a massive congratulations to SarahCassieFrithaTara & Jade! I can’t wait to meet you!



  1. August 31, 2011 / 11:31 am

    I love this outfit put together!
    I'm the same with maxi skirts.. but seeing your's has actually made me want to go and buy one!
    Beautiful as always x

  2. August 31, 2011 / 11:34 am

    You look lovely, I think the skirt really suits you! That bracelet is awesome 😀
    Congratulations on being in the final 5, so happy for you 😀

  3. Anonymous
    August 31, 2011 / 11:35 am

    congrats on the Look Show!! I love maxi skirts but at 5ft 8 its so hard to find one thats long enough for me!! : (

    Its too easy to reply on fb to stay in touch with people, its so bad when you think how many people you actually take the time to at least speak to on the phone.. i think i may start writing to people instead.. so much more personal! xx

  4. August 31, 2011 / 11:38 am

    Congratulations for getting a place at the Look show! Looking forward to reading your posts on it. I really like your collar on the shirt!

  5. August 31, 2011 / 11:44 am

    The outfit is just gorgeous! Loving the black and white trend going around at the moment. I need that maxi skirt in my life! xo

  6. August 31, 2011 / 11:49 am

    I love your outfit, and congrats on being chosen!

  7. August 31, 2011 / 11:59 am

    wow really love this outfit, you look gorgeous 🙂

  8. August 31, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you.
    Love this skirt, the belt is gorgeous too. x

  9. August 31, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    Congratulations! You look amazing! 🙂

  10. August 31, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Well done! I tweeted you but I think everyone was having problems with @ replies, mine still aren't all working today! You look gorgeous as usual 🙂 x

  11. August 31, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    At 5ft I have yet to find a maxi skirt which doesn't form a bride-like trail behind me. Oh, and I can't get over how cute you always look in you collar and bow combos!

  12. August 31, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    Congratulations, bet you're so excited! You look gorgeous in that maxi skirt 🙂 Where is the belt from? I LOVE it 🙂 xx

  13. August 31, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    You look lovely!

    & well done on getting in the last 5, you deserve it! x x

  14. August 31, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Oooh la la! Love this outfit.. cute skirt 🙂
    & well done on getting in the last 5 for Look magazine fashion show 😀

  15. August 31, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Love the skirt, it looks gorgeous and really well done for making the final 5, you really deserve it!

  16. August 31, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    you have like the perfect figure!
    lovely maxi!
    and congrats on the top 5 list!
    Krissy xoxo

  17. Anonymous
    August 31, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    aaaah, I love everything about your outfit!! 🙂
    and congrats on getting to the top 5 of the blogging comp! 😀

    Jules @ A Bit of Jules

  18. August 31, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    Congrats on making it to the top 5 of the Look Competition.

    Love your black maxi skirt. It looks so pretty. I really love how you added colour with some pretty jewellery.

  19. August 31, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    Your jewellery is incredibly pretty, and you look lovely 🙂

  20. August 31, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    Congratulations girl. Your blog is a joy to follow and read. Your outfit is amazing, I'm after a maxi skirt meself. We should go shopping together one day. I hope we can visit in October to go to the Vintage fair at Northumbria Uni.

  21. August 31, 2011 / 3:08 pm

    Well done on getting into the TOP 5!!!! loved your entry!!

    I really like you skull bracelet it is so cool and your hair looks lovely down 🙂 x x

  22. August 31, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    As it appears you didn't get my twitter message, I'll say it on here. Well done for making the final 5! Your entry really blew me away, you really prooved that you deserved that seat on the front row! I'm looking forward to reading your post about the day (and being really jealous! Haha).
    Personally I think you look really tall in these photos. The maxi skrit suits you! 🙂

  23. Anonymous
    August 31, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    Love your blouse with the cute ribbon x

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  25. August 31, 2011 / 4:19 pm

    Wow you look lovely in those pics, and even though you're short, the maxi really suits you! I'm short too, so I understand your apprehension!
    Well done by the way! And for some reason I'm not get my @'s through on my twitter feed today, so I think it's Twitter buggering up more than anything xx
    Sirens and Bells

  26. August 31, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Congrats sweet! So glad you made the top five, your entry was amazing (: So jealous of your Wagamamas, I have a ridiculous craving for kare lomen right now and don't live near a restaurant. Your maxi skirt looks lovely with that belt.

  27. August 31, 2011 / 5:50 pm

    Well done!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you 🙂

  28. August 31, 2011 / 6:02 pm

    The skirt goes great with the belt and the shirt. Nice outfit!

  29. August 31, 2011 / 6:04 pm

    Congratulations, this is such amazing news! This outfit looks lovely, as usual, your legs look so long! That might seem weird because you can't see any of your leg but you get my gist – hopefully anyway.

    Pip x

  30. August 31, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    I love this look! The photography is wonderful, too!

  31. August 31, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    Congratulations on getting in to the top five 🙂 exciting! I love your jewellery in this post X

  32. August 31, 2011 / 6:42 pm


    I love your hair! 🙂

    Great outfit too by the way xx

  33. August 31, 2011 / 6:53 pm

    Congratulations, that sounds like so much fun blogging about the show! x

  34. August 31, 2011 / 7:08 pm

    I love how you put this pieces together!!
    You look really pretty, nice pics. 🙂



  35. August 31, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    I love River Island maxi skirts! I love the way you've styled it x

  36. August 31, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Congrats on winning Sarah! Can't wait to see what you have to say about the show. An I am in love with your multi-coloured skull bracelet.

  37. August 31, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    You're just too damn hot, you know that?! LOVE the look put together here, and it's just another reason (aside the massive bagfuls of talent, drive and motivation that you seem to have) that you deserve your place in the Look top 5. Well done queridita!

  38. August 31, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Lovely collar on your top xx

  39. August 31, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    Congrats, Sarah, on getting into the final 5!! You truly deserve it 🙂 Hope you have an amazing time!!!
    Love your outfit, that maxi really suits you and I love that skull bracelet. Ooh, I've been meaning to ask, what do you use to dye your hair? I love the colour!

  40. August 31, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    Woo TOP FIVE BABY!!!!!!!!!!! X

  41. Anonymous
    September 1, 2011 / 8:09 am

    Lovely outfit post and you look fab in the maxi skirt, not stumpy at all;) The collar lace looks so cute and of course the bow neck tie as well:)

    Love the jewelries and that nail color is so awesome!!! Once again congrats on look magazine!=D


  42. September 1, 2011 / 3:28 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit lady, the maxi skirt looks stunning on you! Also congrats on the Look show stuff 🙂

    L x

  43. September 1, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    this outfit is so lovely!! i love it <333
    the little black bow tie is my favourite part ^_^

  44. September 1, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    There really suit you sarah. CONGRATULATIONS on the Look Competition, you entry was flippin fantastic. I can't wait for the Moustache rings on TempSec Shop 😛 Ive seen a top in Topshop that I think you will love, it's white with a black peter pan color and a drawn, distressed ribbon on, watch out for it:) Have an amazing time at the show 🙂

  45. September 1, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    I think I've posted my comment twice because I typed it again because I thought I exited too quickly , sorry 🙂

  46. September 1, 2011 / 5:26 pm

    This looks so gorgeous! The maxi skirt really suits you.
    Congratulations on getting to the final five, such good news, you really deserve it. Well done! xx

  47. September 1, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    Congratulations on getting to the final five, you definitely deserve to be there! 🙂 The maxi skirt looks so nice on you, I've always assumed I'm too short for maxi but I may have to be brave and try some longer lengths after seeing this post 🙂 xx

  48. September 1, 2011 / 6:52 pm

    These maxi skirts are the only ones that fit me because i'm really petite. Its a shame the weather is not longer suitable for wearing them haha 🙂 Your blog thoroughly deserves to be in the final five, congrats!! xx

  49. September 1, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    You look gorgeous! Adore that skirt!


  50. September 1, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    Awesome outfit, you look stunning in that maxi skirt. I'm sure you hear this all the time but you have an amazing blog, I'm seriously loving your style 😉

  51. September 1, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    Congratulations that is amazing have an awesome time! You deserved it you look beautiful lovely post <3

  52. September 1, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    Just an amazing outfit! Well done on getting so far in the LOOK competition. Your blog, style and outfits are pretty amazing – it's no wonder you have got so far. Good luck! Hailes <3

  53. September 1, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    Yay congrats!! <3
    Love the maxi skirt, and that belt! Gorjess!

    <3 Kelly

  54. September 1, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    absolutely love this outfit! you look stunning, the skirt is beautiful and you're just gorgeous 🙂 well done on making the final five! 😀 you definitely deserve it! 😀 love your nail polish :)xxx

  55. September 2, 2011 / 2:55 am

    gorgeous as always!! i love your accessories.

  56. September 2, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    First of all congrats on the comp I tweeted you hahaha, I can't wait to see your post on it. I was never a fan of maxi dresses/ skirts on myself as I thought they wouldn't suit me, they make me look frumpy. But i like your take on it.

  57. September 2, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    thank you for your lovely comment, made me smile :')
    lots of love

  58. September 2, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the way that maxi fits you, it makes you so much taller ♥

  59. September 2, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    You look beautiful! I'm pretty short too so stayed away from maxis for far too long. I love the collar detailing too 🙂 And a huge congrats for making the final 5 of course xx

  60. September 2, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    Hi Sarah, yeah it is, it looks a bit like a crop top if I remember rightly:)

  61. September 2, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    You look stunning & totally suit this look. Congratulations on your big news – so well deserved. You mention the metro centre, are you based in the north east?

  62. September 2, 2011 / 8:43 pm

    you rock that maxi skirt. love the outfit.

  63. September 2, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    Absolutely adore your outfit, that black maxi skirt is gorgeous and definately something i need to invest in.
    LOVE your blog, newly following! xx

  64. September 3, 2011 / 4:22 am

    Congratulations on being chosen to blog about Look Show! I think I missed that post- bad blog reader, sorry!- but it sounds like it means a lot to you so of course I'm very happy for you 🙂 I can't wait to read more about it next month!

    I had the same thought about maxi dresses when they first became stylish. I'm short even with heels on, and I never want to go anything that might make me look shorter. But once I tried one on, I've never gone back. They're so comfortable and easy to wear… and flattering! I love the way you played up your basic black with pretty accessories and that bright blue nailpolish. So fun!

  65. September 3, 2011 / 8:39 am

    ohhh mmyy goooooooodddddd!!!!!!! you look amazinnggggggggg, i love the skirt and the detail on the collar just like woo lol im outta words, this has to be one of my fav outfit of urs 🙂 xxxxxx

  66. September 3, 2011 / 9:55 am

    LOVE your top and congrats on getting the Look Show – you must be so excited! As a fellow short person I'm a bit nervous of the maxi trend but you pull it off so well I may reconsider 😉

  67. September 3, 2011 / 7:16 pm

    I'm in love with your top 🙂

  68. September 3, 2011 / 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve it – your blog is so beautiful! x

  69. September 4, 2011 / 9:49 am

    your hair looks absolutely amazing and I LOVE that skirt! Great outfit 🙂 xxx

  70. September 5, 2011 / 4:18 am

    My goodness, congratulations on being chosen! You look beautiful in this outfit. I love the maxi skirt. Your belt is gorgeous too. And I adore that collar on your blouse; it's precious! As always, your accessories are enviable. The colorful skulls are so cute!


  71. September 5, 2011 / 6:41 am

    you are so unbelievably gorgeous..and i am obsessing over your nail polish color + the rings! so perfect!

  72. September 5, 2011 / 7:58 am

    You look great in the maxi skirt, not stumpy at all 🙂 this outfit is so classic and chic, another one for my shopping inspiration!

    I know exactly what you mean about relying on facebook too much to keep in touch, I think it means that you end up actually drifting away and losing touch- it's important to meet up and really talk to friends. can be so hard when you're busy though, I need to take a leaf out of your book and get arranging asap! xx

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  73. September 6, 2011 / 9:15 am

    Gosh! adore this kind of skirts!
    you look so adorable as always!

  74. September 9, 2011 / 5:10 am

    Love the skirt, nails and rings! You look gorgeous as usual! 🙂

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