The Maxi Skirt


At first I was dismissive, not keen on the trend at all. Then I warmed to it, became interested and appreciative the way they could be styled coupled with the obvious comfort factor. 

However, when it finally came round to buying one, they were nowhere to be found.

I ordered from Topshop - but it never arrived. 

I then went to American Apparel and the double layered versions are as transparent as they are nice. I know this because I have the shorter version and they are only to be worn with 100 denier tights in order to prevent the sharing of my gusset! Bare legs under the longer number and well, it all becomes a bit "Diana when she announced her engagement to Charles"....i.e, the sun illuminating through my skirt. No thanks. 

Thank goodness then for River Island. That place is practically littered with long maxi skirts....in lots of prints and colours and amongst the selection was The Chosen One.

It's black. It's double layered. It has an opaque first layer and a pleated outer. It's not transparent. It makes me feel like a gothic princess.

It was hard to get a full length shot so go to this link on the website to see what it looks like...you're not missing much really though: just black fabric - whoop dee doo!

On the site they show a light brown/beige version but it will give you an idea.


I tried it on as soon as I got home - i.e, haven't worn this out yet but whacked it on in excitement to see how it looked and felt.






I think I will probably style it as I have done in the photos - plain separates and some leather for texture. I am (deeply of course) contemplating swapping the white tee for a black one....not committed to that decision yet - I am a bit funny when I notice different shades of black in one outfit. It makes me strangely uncomfortable :) 

The plan is to definitely wear it on holiday so I will share some "real life" images then :) 

What do you think of the maxi skirt?

Do you wear them or would you rather eat your own hair? ;)

59 comments:

  1. Verry pretty skirt and I still need that JACKET!!! I love that jacket and it needs to be mine:) Lol!

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  2. I have just ordered one from Boohoo and currently noseying at topshop for a maxi skirt, never thought of river island! My problem is i'm only 5ft so they all drown me lol!
    Looks fab on you :)
    xx

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  3. It's exactly what I've been wanting, lovely x

    dorcacsola.blogspot.com x

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  4. I like it. Im not such a big fan on the pleats up towards the waistband, but it does look great with your figure. And i agree, only a black top with the same shade of black, but i think the white looks good. gives it some balance :-)
    x

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  5. wow that is pretty, it's a hit& miss for me with maxi skirt. some of them looks good on me some of them looks like someone hit my head top with something & i got shortened ;) love your though looks really good on you xoxo

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  6. @Crystal - haha i bless the day when I found this on the sale rack in topshop. they had a few at the time (a year or so ago now) and I remember being amazed that people didn't want it! LOVE!

    @EssJay24 - i hope you like it and yes River Island is fab!

    @Ola - love the nudey colour they do in it as well :) but one step at a time...haha

    @Nana - i know exactly what you mean. it wasnt until i tried it on that i liked it. bugger to iron though! haha

    @Mania - haha i love that description. i am sure there is one out there though - i think the straighter, column type ones look elegant and work with all heights. :)

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  7. I like the pleats on your dress! It probably looks more flattering in person as the pleats add texture and movement to the dress, not to mention the lengthening effect of vertical lines.

    I bought a plain black maxi skirt from H&M last month for $17CAD and although it is a little see-thru in the sunlight (only has one layer), I'm really loving it. I've worn it on 3 occasions (once to work) and I love its simplistic elegance. I love the way it moves with me as I walk and I've got comments from people saying that it looks like I'm floating when I walk. Eerie or ethereal? lol. Does this happen to you?

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  8. I have a maxi dress, but not a skirt. I think it looks better on you, my waist is high and I wouldn't want to tuck in my shirt. I think you look brilliant in it though!

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  9. I'm not a fan of the maxi skirt. I think they look lovely on other people but just a no-go on myself seeing as I'm tall with long legs and they just seem to look completely disproportionate. They are a great effortless piece and you've styled it so well.
    x

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  10. @mewmew112 - blimey! i hope people say that to me :) haha

    @brandi72 - ah i know what you mean. wish i could wear some maxi dresses at the moment btw....sadly raining in scotland ;)

    @Dolly Daydream - thank you so much girl!

    @Kelsey - i am hoping it works out. looking forward to wearing it out...hope i feel chic rather than dumpy. haha

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  11. I have never really loved maxi skirts but I think they look so... amazing on you! Thanks for sharing :) xx

    www.sheridankristin.blogspot.com

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  12. Love it! Always tempted by sheer pleats - but worry about the washing/ironing situation!!

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  13. The maxi skirt is definitely not something I'd be tempted to wear in a hurry (purely because at 5'2" said maxi skirt would fulfil the purpose of a maxi dress on me) but this one definitely looks gorgeous on you! Well done for being so brave, it's paid off!

    www.boscy.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm not really sure what footwear to wear with maxi skirts when it gets colder - any ideas Laura? x

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  15. Wow this looks great! love how you can dress it up or down, i really want one for work

    Kim xx

    www.lovelifeandcutethings.blogspot.com

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  16. I read you're on the hunt for new jeans. Try out the brand Tiger of Sweden (which should be all over Stockholm), and a style named Splendid (or was it Splender?) Either way - they look wonderful on! Slim model, mid high waist and a really flattering behind:P Go look for it while in Stockholm! You can check out these warehouses: NK and Ahlens (filled with high end brand such as Acne, Tiger of Sweden, Fillipa K ect.)

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  17. Lovely skirt! I too wavered on the maxi skirt and I've yet to find one that is just right. Many of them are too short (I'm 5'9") so they end up making my legs look stumpy. Dresses and skirts though have been my new favourite types of clothing. So comfortable! Jeans now feel like sausage casings in comparison!

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  18. @Jamma - thanks so much for the recommendation. i will definitely have a look when i am there! can't wait :)

    @Daniela - haha i know exactly how you feel. skirts are freeing, jeans can be restrictive :)

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  19. @Blush crush - eek i don't know. i have seen some lovely scalloped edge flats in Topshop that would look lovely....i suppose boots? it's tricky!

    @Kim - can't wait to wear it out properly! :)

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  20. Love them!! xx
    nattiee-nattiee.blogspot.com

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  21. Oooh this is really nice, River Island is a winner at the moment - just stay away from their Cher Lloyd inspired pieces! xxx

    www.southmoltonststyle.com

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  22. I like this! It took me a while to warm up to this trend too though

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  23. Love love love! Can see the skirt easily seeing you into Autumn too. Personally I like it with the white...I think Kling would too :) let us know what you think about Doll eyes soon...haven't opened mine yet! X

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  24. Looks amazing on you! Love it!

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  25. I LOVE THIS! it looks so girly yet trendy. The skirt is so cute! You could even get away with wearing this in the fall as well :)

    xo

    imperfection-isbeauty.com
    Jenn

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  26. This looks gorgeous on you! I definitely love maxi skirts, that being said though, I don't actually own one at the moment!

    Gem x
    www.twinklebug.com

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  27. I am a big fan of this trend. I love it and find it so easy to wear.

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com

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  28. its so pretty, i love it.. i want one now
    Breezeybee Blog

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  29. I've always been hesitant to try a maxi skirt because I assumed it would make me look short. Maybe I'll try one on next time I go shopping. I really like the skirt you bought- love the pleats!

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  30. No one should ever eat their own hair, eewwww :) Fortunately for me, I am a big fan of the trend - especially because those less willing to commit to the statement the pleated version makes, a plain jersey one is a smidgen subtler too. (I potentially belong to this second "wuss" category, pleats that length on me catapults me back to the 'school uniform' era of my life!) xx

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  31. I actually got the one from Topshop and I love it. I saw some in yellow and pink and even though I love how they look on other people I'm not sure I would wear those colours myself. Maybe...we'll see.
    This one looks very nice!
    X

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  32. I love the skirt, looks lovely on you. I want one but wasn't sure where to get one, will definitely look in River Island now xxx

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  33. The skirt looks really good on you :) I think the white makes it look really nice :) i'm not too sure about maxi skirts, because i'm so short (5ft 1) I don't think it would suit me that well to be honest!! :) xox

    makeuploverconfessions.blogspot.com

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  34. I can't warm to this trend at all but it's only because I'm insanely jealous of everyone (that now includes you too Laura) who can wear one without looking like the side of a house. My arse and a maxi skirt = bad bad combo

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  35. with my body type.. this skirt is not flattering at all.. i mean if any of your hear of the aussie show "Offspring", the lead actress rocked this trend like it's her own skin! i mean she just looked great in it.. however when i once (make that 3x) tried it... it was like "come on, wake up sheryl, it doesn't suit you!".. so i rest my case...

    it looked good on you perhaps a different blazer or overlay :)

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  36. here's one of the photo from that show:
    http://www.stylingyou.com.au/2011/07/so-you-want-to-dress-like-offsprings-nina-proudman/

    i can't find the one where she wore a similar pleated skirt like yours.. but when i do, i'll send you the link :)
    xo

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  37. I love this! Looks amazing on you (as all your outfits do..)

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  38. i love the waistband and the way this maxi skirt is pleated. it looks lovely paired with the plain white tank.

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  39. Looks lovely on you. I vote for same shade black tee/tank. I'm only 5'2 and they really don't flatter short frames with a bit of hip. But I'm ok with admiring from the side.

    @arachelsays

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  40. that one is gorgeous, although i do like the lighter version on the site too. but either way, im so excited for fall when i can pair maxi shirts with gorgeous chunky knits! it will be amazing.

    love you laura!

    xoxo
    cassie

    studyinginheels.blogspot.com

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  41. i love the idea of maxi skirts but at 5ft they make me look even smaller than i am and completely drown me :(

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  42. I was much like you when 'MSM' (maxi skirt mania) hit the UK... I kind of though, what's the point? But since purchasing the butterfly/flower print paperbag style one, also from RI, my mind was changed! I do however have the same horror when it comes to see through skirts, but have found a very cheap slip from Primark does the trick and keeps my modesty at bay :)

    shoptodayblogtomorrow.blogspot.com

    Kate x

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  43. I have a few including a pleated coral number from Warehouse which is beautiful but a little see through! I just love how they feel swishing around as I walk though.

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  44. Looks fab! Ide love to be able to wear one, unfortunately im abit short. Maybe ill find a perfect one someday! You have deffo made me think about getting one tho!

    Thanks alot :)

    Signed, S.Almy

    xo

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  45. I felt/feel the same way about maxi skirts too! I thought they were way too 90's especially with the elastic waistband, but I'm starting to see more people wear them and they look great on them. Personally I would pair them with a pair of pumps to keep it looking sharp =)

    http://3girlsblog.blogspot.com/

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  46. I really like maxi skirts as I just can't 'do' maxi dresses - I'm quite tall so just feel too much in them if that makes sense - they are just too much of one thing I think! Plus, they often make me look pregnant. Anyway, I bought a gorgeous floral one from ASOS for my hol, but you are right, it was so hard to find a nice maxi skirt! There just isn't the choice you get with dresses. I love yours, will work well for a/w too and it looks great the way you've styled it. Would really love one in a berry colour.... xxx

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  47. There is one I REALLY want from zara - but it's about £40, which is outside my budget for a skirt I would only occassionally wear. I do love the trend though - so girly.

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  48. it's just amazing!! i has the exact same feelings as you about the trend, and now struggle to find one..but that one really is perfect - everything you want in a maxi skirt! jealous of your find! X
    www.rebeccamarywatson.blogspot.com

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  49. Have always wanted to purchase one but I always feel redic when I try them on. Maybe I am too short, looks good on you though!

    Sophie

    x

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  50. Gorgeous. I envision it with cowboy boots. Love!

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  51. I had a Princess Diana moment - didn't realize my maxi skirt was see-through, despite it's built-in slip…which was sheer :\ I walked around in it all day, and my work place also had gigantic windows that had sun streaming through it!

    Oh well, I loved this pink skirt, quite pretty... and I learnt to wear a slip now!

    Your maxi skirt looks beautiful on you, Laura :) Esp. paired with the leather jacket! <3

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  52. I'm too short to try maxi skirts and dresses! and too apprehensive to try them with heels. I'll trip, I just know it lol.

    and I discovered that they're the only options for dressing up for when you're pregnant which kind of annoyed me! but to each their own I see a lot of stunning ladies pulling them off preggers or not :)

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  53. You make me want to be one right now!!! Beautiful yet such a simple outfit!

    buzzandbuy.blogspot.com

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  54. If i am not mistaken this looks rather like a more purse friendly 'carrie' if only they did it in red it would stop me drooling on the whistles site.

    I have a birthday do' planned for early oct and i am planning on wearing a red pleated maxi or pref carrie ; ) with a sheer black blouse and chunky platforms for grown up glamour. **and lots of eyeliner and messy hair to contradict** xxx glad your blogging again lady! xx

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  56. Laura, I adore every different look of you! You are absolutely stunning in the maxi skirt and in black.

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