One of the most frequent questions I get (aside from "how do you print your photos?") is "where do you buy your maxi skirts and dresses?" The answer is...everywhere. I cannot resist a well-priced maxi. In the beginning when the trend started, I thought I couldn't pull them off (I'm pretty short at 5'3"). But now (probably way after the trend has faded) I have completely embraced them. I wore them before I was pregnant, my entire pregnancy and continue to wear them now. They are flattering, comfortable and forgiving, which was key in the weeks after Ellerie arrived when I was insanely swollen post-c-section (thoughts on this will need to be shared in another post...oh man, was I unprepared for the swelling).
one of my favorite photos. dress from old navy.
I always look for soft jersey or cotton fabrics. Something with a little stretch but not too much. I stick to stripes and solid colors because they pair well with the rest of my closet. I usually skip anything with slits, layers or tiers.
dress from gap.
I have found that the way to make maxis work for me is to keep it super casual. I pair maxi skirts with v-neck tees (these are by far my favorite), tanks (I have so many of these) or button-down chambray (I'm living in this one). Sometimes I wear maxi dresses on their own, but usually I throw a tank or tee on top (for some reason I think they are more flattering this way). 85% of the time, I wear rainbows with a maxi, but if I am going out to dinner or trying to fancy things up for some odd reason, I'll wear flat sandals. On me, heels with maxis look ridiculous and like I'm trying too hard, so I save them to wear with shorter dresses.
liz lange for target black dress $30 (again, sold as a maternity swim cover up and yet it's totally wearable all the time. I wore it to a wedding rehearsal dinner, with a pair of flat sandals and fancy earrings), alternative apparel maxi skirt $38, splendid strapless maxi dress $55
Above are some of my favorite maxis for sale right now at reasonable prices. Starred ones are exact or similar to ones I currently own and wear often. All links in this post are affiliate which means if you purchase through them I make a small commission. Happy shopping!