You may recall late last year when Mrs Woog went shopping minutes before she was jumping on a plane to Bali and came home with a maxi skirt. Turns out it was a little on the hot and chafing side in Bali for that fabulous skirt to get trotted out for cocktails at Ku De Tah but now she’s home embracing the mundane, it’s high rotation.
Yes, the maxi skirt is alive and well and kicking fashion butt this season. I’ve picked myself up Country Road’s grey marle winter version of Mrs Woog’s summer pick ( I blogged about it last week). It’s love. On a cost per wear basis, it will have paid for itself by next week. And I may need another.
So it was no surprise really to last week receive this email from Mrs Woog:
Today I did something stupid. Again.
I was walking past Sportsgirl and spotted this skirt. It is called the Into the Wild Maxiskirt. And now I own it.
I have a thing for Maxi anything (apart from maxi-pads) and a slight obsession with leopard print.
But it is in the bag with tags on, as I am not sure what to wear it with? It is a bit of a statement skirt. Remember please I am a curvy girl with an allergy to heels.
Can you help?
Within seconds I was on the Sportsgirl website checking out this latest purchase and replying with my big tick of approval. It’s 100% viscose, which means no ironing if you hang it up straight after it’s washed. Shape wise, it drops straight over the hips from an elastic waistband. (If you have *ahhem* hips of child-bearing proportions such as my own, then please avoid the maxi skirts which are gathered off a high waistband. I’ve tried them on and it’s not pretty.)
Now, back to the skirt at hand.
Yes, it’s definitely going to make a statement. I wouldn’t be trying to compete with that statement. Opt for a black top and black strappy flats. As the weather cools down, throw on a denim or black jacket for a little comfortable, effortless chic.
The tricky part of the maxi skirt trend in winter is not looking too hobo-chic, a la Mary-Kate and Ashley, which they kind of get away with because they’re mega-millionaire celebs and have been since they were in nappies.
You and I may have difficulties pulling this look off. And that’s what you need to keep in mind when turning your trans-seasonal maxi into a winter favourite. If you’re not going to show any skin (because it’s cold) then you should aim to create a bit of shape, which is why I suggest a cropped blazer style to bring the look together. Even if left open, it will still show you have a waist.
Footwear can get a little tricky too. Some flat boot styles will work. As will some ballet flats – as long as they don’t create the illusion of shortening your feet. Stumpy feet will make the skirt seem all out of proportion. The young fashionistas out there will work a lace-up heel with a maxi skirt – and good luck to them. Me, I grew up watching A Little House of the Prairie. Let’s just leave it at that.
And, as the seasons, change swap your statement necklace with a scarf – or wear both together.
Below are some more maxi skirt winter buys. Add one to your wardrobe this week.
2. Evil Twin plain block coloured maxi skirt $79.95. Ph 02 9212 4788 for stockists
3. Supre fitted maxi skirt $18
4. Evil Twin print sheer maxi skirt $109.95. Ph 02 9212 4788 for stockists
5. Sportsgirl striped maxi skirt $69.95
6. Evil Twin print sheer maxi skirt $109.95. Ph 02 9212 4788 for stockists