How To Wear A Black Pleated Maxi Skirt

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Skirt (old. Similar one below) River Island / Hat Miss Selfridge / Vest top, Blazer and Belt Primark / Necklace* Nikki Lissoni / Sandals ASOS / Bag Mulberry / Sunglasses RayBan / Nail Polish Mavala (Samarkand)

What to wear with a sheer black pleated maxi skirt?

A maxi skirt is the hardest thing to wear if you’re under 5ft3 (which I am), and for a long time, I vowed to stay well away from them. Before the days of YouTube and Blogs, I actually used to watch tv (really!) and in my mid-teens, I grasped on to every word of Trinny and Susannah! I learned that petite ladies should always wear skirts and dresses that fall above the knee, anything under the knee will make you look short. 

They are right, BUT…..here I am wearing a black maxi skirt. It is also pleated maxi, which is also half see-through! All of Trinny and Susannah’s rules have well and truly gone out of the window! Us short ladies shouldn’t miss out on wearing a floaty maxi! The key to wearing maxi skirts is to keep it simple. My advice would be to wear the skirt slightly high-waisted, I’m wearing mine just about the belly button and have secured it with a skinny belt. Not only does this lifts the skirt a few cm’s off the floor, but this also elongates your figure, giving the illusion that you’re tall.

For the top, I’d stick to something really simple – so nothing frilly, nothing chiffon, nothing bagging, no embellishments, nothing. I’ve made the mistake before by wearing all of those things in one top and it just makes me feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Like what was I thinking when I wore that top with that red maxi skirt?

I’ve gone for a very plain white top here, which was £3.00 from Primark. I’ve also been getting a lot of wear out of my monochrome Primark blazer too, the same one I wore in my last outfit post. It’s so versatile and goes with everything. It just makes a casual outfit look a bit smarter! To finish the outfit off, I’ve added a floppy hat, this one is from Miss Selfridge – the fabric is quite rigid so I had to keep bending it to shape give it a better shape otherwise it just looked like a beekeeper’s hat!

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67 thoughts on “How To Wear A Black Pleated Maxi Skirt

  1. I LOVE this outfit! I have just ventured into the realms of maxi skirts this year, and absolutely love them now. I totally agree that wearing it more high waisted looks far better on me- otherwise I look so wide-hipped and short. Not a good look! (Yours is lovely though) xx

  2. You look amazing! I have a very similar skirt bought from a cheap store in Mong Kok. You've convinced me to dig it out and wear it soon!

  3. wow I am so in love with this outfit! 🙂
    as I said before, I love that necklace! also, your patternedd blazer is gorgeous! 🙂 I absolutely love how that skirt looks on you, I love how the lining is shorter, it's original without revealing too much!

    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

  4. This is possibly my favourite outfit of yours, ever! Everything works so well, I love the skirt and the blazer is amazing. Huge floppy hats really suit you! LOVE.

    Tara xo

  5. Hey – I am 5ft3, too! YAY! {celebrations over!} I love my maxi-dresses and despite what Trinny and Susannah say (and god knows I love them!) I don't feel it makes me look shorter at all. Especially when it starts around my waist – it's quite the opposite. When it's the right length – around your ankles, more or less, it's perfect!

    Aggie
    http://lawyerlives.blogspot.com

  6. You really can do no wrong in my eyes! I always find myself stuck staring at your photos for ages before I read what you've written. Not in a creepy way though. There's just something so nostalgic about your blog.

    Sej || whatwouldgracekellysay.blogspot.co.uk

    x

  7. Oh goshh I LOVE this post! you look super cute, and I can understand why maxi skirts can be a bit of a pain for you! I'm about 5'4, and I sometimes struggle with long dresses and maxi skirts too! It's so difficult to find the perfect ones! This one you're wearing looks so lovely on you.. what a great buy! 🙂

    Lots of love,

    Boonya – theartywardrobe.blogspot.com
    xxx

  8. You look so good. I'm surching such a long time for a pretty hat like yours. I like your blog. Maybe you can visit my blog and follow me on gfc and bloglovin.

    x

  9. You look so lovely here, and you're not the only one who struggles with a maxi skirt! #shortgirlproblems – I usually have to take the hem up on mine! Dying for that jacket to appear in my local Primark, the print is gorgeous! x

    The Little Things

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