The maxi skirt is the opposite of a mini skirt; it flows from your waist to nearly your ankles. To wear a maxi skirt and still look good, you'll have to plan your other pieces carefully. Since the skirt is full and flowy, you'll want to make sure that your shirt or jacket is nicely fitted, so that you don't look as though you are wearing too much fabric.
A long skirt seems much more formal than an above-the-knee number. Tone down the look of your maxi skirt for a simple night out or weekend day by pairing it with a casual shirt. A slightly cropped t-shirt with a fun screen print will work with a higher waisted maxi skirt. Try a striped hoodie with a sleek, narrow fitting maxi skirt for a comfortable and casual look.
Pair a higher waisted maxi skirt that is slim cut with a fitted shirt in a contrasting color. For example, wear a blue maxi skirt and tuck a lemon yellow sleek-fitting top into the waistband. If you feel like taking a risk, get creative with your choice of colors and patterns. For example, choose a patterned skirt, then select three colors from the pattern for your shirt and accessories. Wear a floral skirt with shades of blue, green and gray with a gray shirt, blue hat and green handbag.
You may want to offset the body covering aspect of the maxi skirt by wearing a pair of opened toe shoes. A little peek of your toes or feet can be incredibly appealing if the rest of you is covered up. Wearing a pair of heels will reduce tripping over the skirt's long hem. If you're going for a casual look, go ahead and pair your skirt with a pair of well-worn canvas sneakers.