For a casual look, a black maxi skirt pairs well with a T-shirt, tank top or button-down shirt, while a blazer or silk blouse offers a more dressy style. As maxi skirts can make the legs appear shorter, wearers should choose garments that provide a lengthening effect.
A maxi skirt is a versatile garment that is easy to style. While many women believe a skirt that reaches all the way to the ankles makes them look shorter, a black maxi skirt can have a lengthening effect if styled correctly even for petite ladies.
To make the legs look longer, wearers should choose a high-waisted maxi skirt with a slim silhouette, tuck in a T-shirt or tank and finish off the outfit with a stylish belt and bright heels. Wearing a button-down shirt and knotting it just above the natural waistline also creates the illusion of elongating the legs. A close-fitted, strapless white top or a long-sleeved shirt with a lively pattern, such as spots or stripes, draws viewers' eyes to the upper body, which provides another lengthening effect.
For a touch of boho chic, an oversized tee that falls off the shoulder is ideal, especially when accessorized with long necklaces and flat strappy sandals. For an evening out, a black top can make the skirt look like an elegant dress, and overlaying it with a pale colored blazer or loose, open silk blouse creates a classy ensemble.