To be honest, I never really got the appeal of wearing maxi dresses. I mean, it’s all very well if you are swanning about on holiday in the Bahamas and you want something to wear that makes you feel in a holiday mood, but wearing them down your local high street? Whenever I saw ladies wearing them it reminded me of those Hawaiian shirts you’d wear on holiday that you’d never dream of popping on back home. Always looked a bit incongruous to me, but the maxi skirt, now that’s a different matter altogether, and I’m not even sure why!
It could be that they don’t aspire to be a suitcase staple for when you’re jetting away somewhere hot. The latest designs, with a cool nod back to the seventies, are made to be worn when the weather gets a little more chilly and you want something warm but stylish. Here’s what we are loving:
Haute Hippie – Printed silk-chiffon maxi skirt – £390
Covered in a rich painterly pattern, Haute Hippie’s silk-chiffon maxi skirt is a sartorial masterpiece for your warm-weather portfolio. Nothing is more flattering than a floor-grazing design, and this elegant style will create a lovely elongated silhouette. Temper the bold motif with a solid top, adding beaded bracelets and sparkling sandals for a boho-glam look.
Vera Wang – Printed silk-organza maxi skirt – £555
Decorated with a print inspired by arching cathedral ceilings, Vera Wang’s beautiful silk-organza maxi skirt will make a standout addition to your FW12 wardrobe. Complement the rich rust hue of this fabulous runway style with tonal shades of taupe and glowing gold accessories.
Etro – Printed crepe maxi skirt – £1,390
Printed in a swirling spectrum of elaborate shapes and shades, Etro’s crepe maxi skirt is a stylish translation of the label’s eclectic aesthetic. Elegantly cut to the floor, this patterned piece is perfect for your next formal event. Showcase the rich hues with a colourful sweater, adding your highest heels to elevate the sweeping cut.
M Missoni – Crochet-knit maxi skirt – £355
Channel M Missoni’s easy-chic aesthetic with this floor-grazing maxi skirt. Featuring the Italian label’s iconic crochet-knit, this eye-catching piece is a versatile style – wear it in the sun with a camisole and flat sandals, or team it with a sweater and ankle boots for cooler downtown days.
Just Cavalli – Printed satin maxi skirt – £300
Marbled with a sophisticated medley of black, cream and tan, Just Cavalli’s satin maxi skirt is an elegant way to wear prints for evening. Keep this floor-sweeping style refined with a luxe sweater and elegant accessories.
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Pleated snake-print georgette maxi skirt – £160
Make urban dressing easy with MICHAEL Michael Kors’ snake-print georgette maxi skirt. Slip this pleated style on with a leather top and platform heels to style an effortlessly cool city look.
James Perse – Striped jersey maxi skirt – £170
This season is all about hemlines that hit the floor, and James Perse’s blue and navy striped jersey maxi skirt is a casual-cool way to work the look. Make like an off-duty model and team this side-split style with a cozy gray sweater, adding a studded bag and spiked bangles for an It girl finish.
L’Agence – Train stretch silk-blend georgette maxi skirt – £270
An elegant train lends a hint of drama to L’Agence’s stretch silk-blend georgette maxi skirt. Work effortless glamour into your urban wardrobe with this fluid piece, teaming it with a lace top and tough jewelry for a downtown-cool update on feminine chic.