How to Wear a Maxi Skirt If You’re Plus Size

How to Wear a Maxi Skirt If You’re Plus Size
The good thing about maxi skirts is they fit all body types. If you are a plus-size babe, here are ways to style a maxi skirt to fit your body type.

I absolutely love maxi skirts because they’re designed to fit all body types. If you’re a plus-size babe, you’ll look stunning whether you pair your maxi skirt with a simple tee or go all out with elegant accessories and a fancy top. As always, the secret is in the styling, so you don’t look frumpy and overdressed for your body type.

Today, we’ll explore maxi skirt styling options for plus-size ladies, including accessories and fun hairstyles. Are you ready?

Let’s get started.

1. Crop Top and Statement Accessory

Yes! Plus-size women can rock crop tops too. These tops are comfortable and trendy for casual and formal looks. Plus, wearing a crop top creates a perfect separation around your waist area, which showcases your beautiful curves. You can wear a wide selection of crop tops, including off-shoulder, halter, long-sleeve, and spaghetti-style tops.

But if you’re uncomfortable with showing skin, choose a top that sits precisely above your skirt’s waistband, like in the picture above. Alternatively, you can layer your outfit with a jacket, blazer, or belt bag. In general, crop tops pair well with high-waist maxi skirts. 

Lastly, complete the look with a statement accessory, such as an oversized clutch, a bold belt bag, earrings, or sexy stilettos. I have the perfect article for those who prefer a statement hairstyle. You can read it here.

2. T-shirt Tucked into Skirt

T-shirts are comfortable and stylish for women. And the best part is that you can wear them with anything, including the fabulous maxi skirt. You’ll choose a tee that complements your outfit and tuck it into your skirt for this look.

Of course, a plain tee will look elegant, but you can switch it up and go for a fun printed tee. Anything from your favorite music band to fashion quotes will stand out. That’s not all; you should complete the look with a pair of stamen earrings to make it more fashionable. However, a hat, bag, or hand accessories will also look good.

This look is excellent for casual events or running errands. But you can also rock it to formal events or a night out with friends. Layer your outfit with a leather jacket or blazer and your most stylish heels. Red lipstick and a sleek hairstyle won’t hurt as well.

3. T-shirt Tied into a Knot

This look is similar to the outfit above, but we’re tying a knot right above the waistband in this case. You’ll love this look if you have an oversize tee that pairs well with your skirt but looks frumpy. Tying a knot makes the t-shirt fitting and cinches your waist area.

Creating the knot is easy; you can place it at the front, back, or side, depending on your style preference. In addition, your accessories and layering options will be similar to those in look 2.

4. Monochrome Set

Monochrome sets are flattering and easy to pull off. Whether wearing a body-hugging maxi skirt or a flowy skirt, keeping it monochromatic adds a very polished flair to your outfit. And if you didn’t know, wearing the proper monochrome set makes you appear taller and outlines your curves beautifully.

Pick a color and skirt design that complements your skin tone and body type. Subtle colors like white, black, nudes, and lighter shades are great for monochromatic looks, but you can also stand out in bold colors. It all depends on your style preference.

5. Layer with a Denim Jacket

plus size black woman wearing maxi with denim jacket

Denim jackets are a wardrobe staple because they’re versatile for layering or sprucing an outfit. The jackets turn any maxi skirt outfit into a cool casual look without watering your elegance and femininity.

Denim jacket outfits require minimal accessories; pair them with sneakers, boots, or heels. A cross-body bag will also liven the outfit. My article about styling maxi dresses with denim jackets will also give ideas applicable to maxi skirt styling. Check it out!

6. Button-Down Shirt

Button-down shirts and maxi skirts are a perfect combo. You can create casual fits for the weekend or transform the look into a professional weekday outfit. What’s more, you can create an array of looks using one button-down shirt. For example, you can tie a knot above the skirt’s waistband, wear the shirt off-shoulder on one arm, tuck it into the skirt, or wear the button-down as a layer. The options are endless.

7. A Sweater Paired with Boots

Maxi skirts are all-weather, and a sweater paired with boots creates a stylish look for the cold season. You can keep it simple with an oversize or fitted sweater and matching boots. Alternatively, spruce up your outfit by adding a statement bag, scarf, and beret. In fact, you can accessorize with all the pieces or pick one, depending on your desired look.

8. A Cardigan and Statement Belt

Cardigans are great because they’re all-weather fashion pieces, lightweight, and easy to style. So, layering your outfit with a stylish cardigan should be easy. Complement your maxi skirt with a low-cut tank top or camisole before wearing the cardigan.

Since cardigans create simple looks, add a statement belt to cinch your waist and add a wow factor to the outfit. Depending on the skirt design, choose a belt that has a unique design or color to stand out. In fact, how about matching the belt to your shoes or bag?

9. Dress It Up with Heels and a Fitted Top

Heels add femininity and sophistication to an outfit. Therefore, pairing your favorite maxi skirt with dressy high heels is only fitting. For this look, you’ll wear a fitted plain top, as shown in the picture, and accessorize it with a statement necklace or earrings. You can wear a dressier top if you don’t like fitting tops.

Can a plus-size woman wear any maxi skirt design?

Absolutely! Plus-size women can wear different maxi skirt styles. These skirts are comfortable and accommodate all body types. If you’re uncomfortable wearing body-hugging skirts, maxi skirts give you several options for stylish flowy skirts.
Moreover, there are many styling options for plus-size maxi skirts. If you’re into flowy maxi skirts, read this article for creative styling tips for all body types.

How can I avoid looking frumpy in a maxi skirt?

It’s simple, choose maxi skirts that complement your body type and style them accordingly. Wearing fitted tops is the best way to avoid looking frumpy in a maxi skirt. If you’re wearing an oversize t-shirt or top, tie a knot above the skirt’s waistband or tuck it into the skirt. Alternatively, you can go for crop and fitted tank tops that sit right above your waistline.
Don’t worry about showing skin because you can layer the outfit with a jacket, blazer, or cardigan. Overall, less is more if you want to avoid looking frumpy. In addition, define the waistline with tops that sit about your waistband or using statement belts and belt bags.

Lior Shapiro

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