Here are some midi and midaxi flowing skirt looks that will take some of us through transitional weather, and others right through Spring and into a cool Summer. With an emphasis on FLOW, these outfits are casual and smart casual, pulled together, and easy to move around in. If you leave the toppers off, you’ll have a breezy Summer outfit.
Feel free to use any colour palette and sub with more solids, if that’s your preference. The most important component of the outfit is the long flowing soft skirt.
1. Alluring Layers
The point here is to cover up and show some skin. Combine a flowing skirt with a strappy camisole or tank top that matches the skirt. Tuck, semi-tuck, or leave the top untucked. Layer a lightweight and swooshy maxi cardigan over the top. Gauzy cardigans are lovely for this type of effect. Scrunch the sleeves for some structure. Finish off the look with casual slides, mules, sandals, or espadrilles that match the outfit. Dressy ballet flats are lovely too.
2. Neutral Drape
Here, all three clothing items are drapey and fluid, with structure in the right places. The result is a practical, comfortable and relaxed elegance that is quite delicious. There is high contrast between the top and bottom, but you could create a lower contrast. And if solid neutrals from head-to-toe aren’t for you, throw in more colour and pattern. Combine a draped top with a banded bottom or welt with a drapey and flowing skirt. The band or welt gives the outfit some structure and there is no need to tuck the top. Add a drapey topper over the lot and a pair of dressy mules or ballet flats that work with the palette of the outfit. You’ll find that a shorter drapey topper with a bit of waist definition will add some structure to the outfit. I like the twinset effect of top and topper here, but it’s not essential.
3. Tee and Denim Jacket
This is a classic combination that works well over and over again. Combine a graphic tee with a flowing long skirt. Tuck, semi-tuck, or leave the top untucked. If the top looks and feels too boxy with the volume of the skirt when it’s untucked, do the knotted top trick to visually shorten the top and hint at a waistline. Add a short and tailored denim jacket to create traditionally flattering proportions, or throw on an oversized denim jacket, moto or bomber for a more avant-garde look. Heeled sandals, espadrilles, ballet flats, loafers, or fashion sneakers on your feet, and Bob’s your uncle.
4. Crisp Structure
And last, some Modern Classic with a sprinkling of Sporty Luxe. Combine a flared skirt with a top that matches the pattern. Tuck it in if you need to create some structure. Throw over a trench coat that’s a similar length to the skirt. Finish off the look with white sneakers. Here the white sneakers pick up the white in the pattern, which looks smashing. A white top would do the same thing. Add jewellery, bag, eyewear and watch as desired.