Although the maxi skirt has been seen in fashion seasons before, this spring offers new variations on the classic long skirt. The skirts are refreshed with plunging tail hems, translucent fabrics and side-slit detailing.
Jordan Edmonds, Behind the Glass manager, said a high-low hemline, which is short in the front and long in the back, is a new take on the traditional long skirt.
“The high-low skirt has been super popular this season,” Edmonds said. “The shorter length in the front lets you show off a pair of cool shoes.”
The ideal shoe to wear with a high-low maxi depends a person’s height and where the skirt falls. Edmonds said she usually suggests chunky heels or wedges for most customers.
“Flats and sandals work if the skirt’s longer length in the back falls a few inches above your ankles,” Edmonds said. “It all comes down to what looks proportional, and shorter people sometimes need a higher shoe to pull off a high-low skirt.”
Edmonds said to pair a cropped top with a maxi if the skirt is high-waisted.
“It’s OK to show a little bit of your stomach,” Edmonds said. “But avoid showing too much, let alone your bellybutton or midriff.”
Paige Klatt, sophomore in fashion coordination, said a long, sheer overlay is another way skirts have been updated.
“Sheer fabrics are in this season, but a lot of people are intimidated by the see-through trend,” Klatt said. “Sheer fabric doesn’t have to expose too much and can actually cover up what you don’t want people to see.”
Klatt said the sheer fabric goes over a shorter, opaque skirt or slip. The translucent aspect reveals more of a silhouette instead of too much skin.
“Super short skirts are hard to pull off,” Klatt said. “This way you can be subtly sexy without crossing the line.”
There are plenty of other ways to spice up the standard long skirt. Carolyn Vallortigara, sophomore in fashion merchandising, said slits in the sides of a longer skirt allow for more movement.
“I love when a maxi skirt has a slit on the side or even on both sides,” Vallortigara said. “A slit makes a longer skirt less constricting.”
Vallortigara said she will wear sandals with her longer skirts during the day and dress it up with heels at night.
A maxi skirt is the staple fashion piece for spring. With its flowy, longer length and comfortable fit, the maxi skirt is great for the poolside or a cool spring night.