Maxi dresses, maxi skirts and full length coats never really go out of style, especially for black tie events and similar occasions. Floor length looks can be incredibly flattering as well, and let’s not forget how they can simply bring the drama like nothing else. Here are some of the best ways to wear maxi looks for women over 50 or at any age.
How To Wear Maxi Looks for Women
Full length fashion can be challenging to wear, especially for those of us who are on the shorter side or who can’t or won’t wear high heels. While a tailor can help (please don’t let your beautiful skirt or coat drag on the floor!), what might be just as important is understanding how to make a full length piece work for your proportions, regardless of your height and propensity for heels or platforms.
The rules for rocking full length pieces (regardless of your height and proportions):
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- Keep your maxi hemmed nicely. No one loves a coat or skirt that has grime on it from brushing the ground. “Floor-sweeping” is a metaphor, not an action item.
- Add height and sleekness by staying monochromatic, and add pops of punctuation with accessories in the same color family, e.g., shoes, a bag, and a scarf or hat all in the same color.
- Visible belts (whether under the outer layer or over) can add definition to more voluminous pieces.
- Ground maxi looks with accessories. Chunkier boots, bigger jewelry, and larger or longer scarves work with maxi pieces.
Throwing a long coat over everything might be the single easiest way to enhance your winter wardrobe, plus it can add much-needed warmth. We love a maxi coat in bold or unexpected color, like this lipstick red twill coat from Asos Design or these pastel versions from Topshop via Nordstrom.
Topshop Long Brushed Coat, $110.60
If you already love your puffer vests in the winter, why not try a longer version? Something like this quilted vest from Athleta would be great over denim, or go for a simple sleeveless duster like this Isaac Liev via Amazon. We also like the latter worn over a dress with the belt on the inside for just a bit of flattering definition.
A long skirt paired with boots is a winter classic (and for good reason – it’s just practical in a lot of climates). But this combination can be challenging to put together. We love using a winter maxi skirt to create one long column of color; for instance, picture this winter white skirt like this one from Mango via Nordstrom with a fluffy ivory sweater. And a silk or satin maxi skirt like this ball skirt from Banana Republic is a classic for evening. Do it with a cashmere sweater and high impact jewelry or perhaps a white button down for that Carolina Herrera look.
MANGO Textured Satin Maxi Skirt, $99.99
You might associate maxi dresses with beachy looks or think you can only wear a long dress to a black tie function. Yet there are definitely options that are perfect for cooler weather, like this dark yet vibrant style from Farm Rio. Or go for something super sleek, like this Twoofer turtleneck sweater dress in black from Anthropologoie, and use it as a blank canvas for all your favorite winter accessories and toppers.
Full Length Maxi Looks for Winter
Do you wear full lengths or maxi lengths in the winter? How about casually, or do you only pull out the longer dresses and skirts for special occasions? Are maxi coats and vests a fashion statement or simply necessary in your climate (or both?) What are your favorite maxi length pieces and why do you love them? What do you pair them with?
Are you all about the floor-sweeping drama of a full-length look, or do you prefer higher hemlines? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook Group!
– Jacqueline Zenn
You may like to read more of Jacqui’s Styling posts like Gift Guides 2022: Our Favorite Little Luxuries Under $50 and Best Ways to Rock Leather (and Faux Leather) Over 50 for Fall/Winter 2022.
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