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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… 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!


  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 ||


  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 –

  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.


  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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