This ensemble was inspired by the outfits I put together for a client using Banana Republic’s knit layered long skirt (which is on sale for $30). In the picture online it has been styled with dressy heels and a silk top, which looks a little off to me. This is NOT a dressy skirt. It’s made of knitted jersey, and looks best styled in a casual way. 

Straight maxi skirts with front side slits, tulip front wrap openings, or high-low hemlines are flattering because they prevent “uni-leg”. The slit, or shorter front hem, provides leg exposure which allows you to clearly see two legs under the expanse of fabric. Leg exposure further grounds the feet so that they don’t look spare. To my eye these are the best looking styles of casual maxi skirt, and they are extra comfortable as you stride.  

Choose any colour palette across solids and patterns. Here are the components of the ensemble: 

Casual Maxi Skirt: You’re after a style that’s straight or slightly A-line with an asymmetrical hemline. Side slit versions are best when they’re tapered towards the hem. High-low hemlines or wrap-front tulip styles tend to be slightly A-line. Knitted fabrics work exceptionally well, but casual and soft viscose or cotton blends can work too. 

Black, striped and grey casual maxi skirts tend to be the most versatile, but by all means choose alternative colours and patterns. 

Top: Fluid T-shirts in cotton and linen blends are a slam dunk. Choose them in a neckline and sleeve length that works best for you. Semi-tuck the front for a bit of structure, or leave the tee untucked if it is sufficiently short. Casual woven shell tops or tank tops are another way to go. Create a low or high contrast with the top. 

Optional Topper: A denim jacket or vest is an easy way to top off the look, but it’s optional. Leave it off if it’s too hot to wear layers. 

Footwear: Choose casual footwear like slides, wedge sandals, gladiators, espadrilles, sandal booties, cut-out booties and cork platforms. Or throw on a pair of Chucks or slip-on sneakers. Wedge sneakers are another option. Choose a colour that works with the outfit. 

Accessories: Finish off the outfit with a casual bag like a leather tote, slouchy hobo, bucket bag, upscale backpack or straw tote. Add a fedora, Panama hat, cowgirl hat or straw hat. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

One of my clients is also using the knit layered long skirt as a swimsuit cover-up on her beach vacation. That’s how casual a skirt this is. A great look for Mums and gals on the go, or any casual setting.

Mom on the Go: The Casual Maxi Skirt