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 Β£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 Comments

  1. August 5, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    I'm really short too, and as much as I love maxi skirts, I've always been too scared to wear them. You look wonderful in yours, maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy one myself : )

    Amy at The Girl In The Bowler Hat
    xxxx

  2. August 5, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    Gorgeous! Love this whole outfit and it makes me really want a pleated maxi x

  3. August 5, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    You look stunning Sarah! I love that jacket, and it looks lovely with your skirt too! xxx

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  4. August 5, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    I love this skirt. I'm 5'1 so tend to avoid long skirts and dresses – it's hard to find ones that aren't a foot too long! x

  5. August 5, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, everything about this outfit is perfect.
    The necklace is literally amazing, so so pretty. I love the jacket and the skirt are just lovely. The photos are amazing, aw, I'm just smiling away <3

    Stephanie

  6. August 5, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    The only maxi shirt I own is a black pleated one, what a great coincidence! I really love this outfit, especially the hat πŸ™‚

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

  7. August 5, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    I loooove this outfit, it's so chic and you look amazing! I'm 5ft2 so tend to stay away from maxi skirts but wish I could pull them off, I'm yet to find the perfect outfit for it x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  8. August 5, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Words can't explain my happiness when I read that your blazers from Primark, I love this! This full outfit is just gorgeous!

    xxx
    http://www.maisymeow.com

  9. August 5, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    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

  10. August 5, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    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!

  11. August 5, 2013 / 9:00 pm

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

    Ester @Β Drawing Dreaming

  12. August 5, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    love the jacket!! is it really primark! great styling as always my dear πŸ™‚ x

  13. August 5, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Adore this outfit, you look simply stunning! πŸ™‚ I really like maxi skirts but as I'm quite short I worry they will look daft on me, I really should just go for it πŸ™‚

    That bag is gorgeous too!

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  14. August 6, 2013 / 8:43 am

    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

  15. August 6, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    you look gorgeous. I love everything about this look!! πŸ™‚ xx

  16. August 6, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    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

  17. August 6, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    You're right, fashion shouldn't have rules. Love the outfit by the way.

  18. August 6, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    amazing look dear! πŸ™‚
    love the shades
    xx

    samecookiesdifferent.blogspot.com

  19. August 6, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    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

  20. August 6, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    perfect look my dear! love the way you styled the skirt and the jacket is so nice! πŸ™‚

  21. August 6, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    aw i love this outfit, especially the hat as i've just bought one myself & now i've got some inspiration on how to style it (:

    L x

  22. August 7, 2013 / 2:15 am

    I just discovered your blog and I love it! This look is so well put-together. I especially love that blazer… can't believe you found it at Primark!

    Ellie | http://www.ellalogy.com

  23. August 7, 2013 / 6:18 am

    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! πŸ™‚

    Lots of love,

    Boonya – theartywardrobe.blogspot.com
    xxx

  24. August 7, 2013 / 8:43 am

    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

  25. August 7, 2013 / 11:05 am

    I love that maxi skirt! So far I've only invested in maxi dresses, but a skirt seems to be the next logical step!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

  26. August 7, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    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

  27. August 8, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Love your whole outfit, that jacket and skirt are absolutely beautiful, and your nails color too! You have an amazing style, I'm following you now πŸ™‚

    <3, lookatmonica.blogspot.com

  28. August 8, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Aw such a cute jacket πŸ™‚

    I'm 5'3.5" and have always gone for skirts/pencil skirts just before the knee or full on maxis to the floor. One extreme or the other! I think it's really just the midi that we shorties could never really get away with (or maybe that's just me, haha!)

    Dayner x UK Fashion, Lifestyle & Jewellery blog – mozzypop.com

  29. August 8, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    You look effortlessly gorgeous as always, that skirt looks amazing!

  30. August 9, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! I love your necklace so much <3

    Jennie xo | sailboat.

  31. August 9, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Stunning, you look so glam, love the skirt and necklace xx

  32. August 10, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    love your skirt and blazer, so pretty! xx

  33. August 16, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    Beautiful outfit!! You look so well put together, I love the jacket especially

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