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Tips On How To Wear Maxi Skirts For Petites


I am all about midi and knee-high skirts in general. I rarely opt for maxi skirts as I tend to get to a maximum use out of my maxi dresses by wearing them with a tee/shirt like a skirt. But, as a fashion lover, I never let a cute piece pass by without buying it :D.

Adding to my olive/khaki love lately, I bought this skirt from Target for only $14.

Tips To Wear Maxi Skirt For Petites

A lot of petite lovelies stay away from maxi skirts as they think it will make them look even shorter and bulky. I was the same until I found the formula on how to wear. Here on my tips on how I choose and wear them

  1. Opt for vertical and small print skirts, as this will give a long continuous look from top to bottom making you look tall.
  2. Wear them with crop length tops. Crop length tops will give an impression of longer lower body.
  3. Avoid pairing with boxy shirts and tee’s or tie them up to the waist like I did in the outfits below for a flattering and elongated look.
  4. Opt for flowy skirts over fitted ones. The fitted Maxis might show your body shape differently and end making you look shorter.
  5. The length of the maxi skirt should be between your ankle and top the toe. That way you can wear it with both flats and heels.

Here are 4 casual and chic ways I wore my Target maxi dress

1. Wear them with Crop tops

For an ethnic or boho look, accessorize with chunky jewelry. Overdoing with accessories will really great with this look


Outfit Details: Top | Target Skirt | Lace up heels | Ralph Lauren Bag (similar) | Earrings


2. Tuck it up for a more flattering and elongated look.

This look has an edgy vibe to it with the moto jacket, you can either continue the mood by pairing it with heel booties and a black bag or make it chicer with feminine accessories and shoes like I did. This outfit is perfect for spring/fall.


Outfit Details:  Who Wear What Tank | Maxi Skirt | Moto Jacket (similar 1,2,3) | Espadrille Wedges (last seen here) | c/o Pinkstix vegan bag | Earrings


3. Knot it up

For a super casual look, throw on an easy tee and tie it at your waist for a fitted look. Layer it with a plaid shirt or denim jacket for Spring


Outfit Details: Brown Tee | similar Plaid Shirt | Maxi Skirt | Madewell tote (tote version) | Converse | Sunglasses


4. Tie your button down shirt

Chambray shirts goes wonderfully with any skirt and you can either dress it up or down by tucking in the shirt or unbutton the bottom of  your shirt and tie the both sides to avoid the bulk and annoyance of tucking in your shirt

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Outfit Details:  Chambray Shirt | Maxi Skirt | Mules (also love these under $40) | Lace Choker (also love these) | Micheal Kors Bag (last seen here; on 50% off)

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Outfit#1- Top | Target Skirt | Lace up heels | Ralph Lauren Bag (similar) | Earrings
Outfit#2- Who Wear What Tank | Maxi Skirt | Moto Jacket (similar 1,2,3) | Espadrille Wedges (last seen here) | c/o Pinkstix vegan bag | Earrings
Outfit#3- Brown Tee | similar Plaid Shirt | Maxi Skirt | Madewell tote (tote version) | Converse | Sunglasses
Outfit#4- Chambray Shirt | Maxi Skirt | Mules (also love these under $40) | Lace Choker (also love these) | Micheal Kors Bag (last seen here; on 50% off)


What is your Favorite Outfit? let me know in comments

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  • Robin Rue

    As a short girl (I am only 5’2″), I love this. I always struggle with long skirts and dresses.

  • Crystal Carder

    I am way too short to want to wear a maxi skirt, but I love your tips! Love how you paired your skirts too, they look great on you.

  • Like you, I am also not at all on the tall side. Hence this post has great appeal to me and your tips are really helpful for us shorter gals. I love the choice of outfit and combinations.

  • tara pittman

    This skirt would be perfect for chilly spring days. I would pair it with some boots.

  • I am petite as well and I agree that crop tops do help to elongate the body. Also wearing 60’s style platforms work well too!

  • I am petite as well and I agree that a crop top definitely helps to elongate the body. I think 60s style platforms really help as well x

  • Jaycie Sullivan

    These are great tips! I’m actually taller and have longer legs, so these skirts dont flatter me

  • You’ve got some really brilliant looks going on here. I’m not personally a fan of maxis but you’re rocking it!

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    Loving these looks! I love wearing maxi skirts in the summer! It’s basically like wearing socially acceptable sweat pants HAHA! They’re so pretty AND comfy!

  • All super cute looks! I’m crazy about maxi skirts & dresses, but I have to be careful because I’m short and they’re often long enough to trip over haha

  • gingermommyrants

    I am excited to give this a try. I am petite and always have a hard time wearing maxi skirts.

  • Ashley Garza

    These are great tips!! I love all of the ways you styled this skirt!! It’s such a cute piece to have in your closet!

  • Good tips here as the shoes really make a difference & don’t think sneakers work but I wouldn’t have known this before reading/seeing photos.

  • Marceline Dementori

    I am loving your ideas here! I think it’s nice to be able to wear a maxi skirt and forget about your height for once. These are great, thanks!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    I avoid maxi skirts for the very same reason. I am petite! I love your suggestions here, and with the photos, you did look taller! I don’t wear heels, so I think the playful style with the sneakers is my favorite.


    This outfit literally looks so cute haha xx And the pictures & the editing are on point!!

  • such a useful post, my legs are short, I love maxi skirts and definitely going to try wearing them more you look fab!

  • Kaitlynn Charalambopoulos

    I love maxi skirts but never know how to wear them! thanks for all these ideas

  • I love maxi dresses but haven’t tried maxi skirt for a long while. Thanks for giving me ideas on how to match the skirt.

  • Cindy Nicoletti

    Great tips !! I am onl 5 feet 1 inch and I feel like I can’t wear skirts. These look great on you

  • Shannon Graham

    I definitely need these tips. I’ve always skipped maxi skirts because they looked ridiculous and too long lol

  • You’ve solved a dilemma. I’ve never known quite what to do with the maxi skirt. Around campus I see the girls wearing them, but every time I try I think “oh dear, no” Next time I’m going to try pairing them with crop top (and of course my Converse tennies!)

    • Aww dear! Thank you so much. I am glad you find this useful.

  • Alayna

    The one with the black top is my fave! But these all look awesome (as usual!)

  • Wendy Lee

    Great tips! I love this outfit and how you put them together. It looks so comfortable and airy. I have a couple in my closet that I am going to break out this summer!

  • Missy Nolan

    I’m 5’2” and tend to drown in maxi skirts. Thanks for sharing these tips – I love that you included pics to make it easy to visualize each style. I’ll have to see if any of these help me!

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    Thanks for giving me the confidence to wear a maxi skirt. I am petite too, just 5 ft. 2 in. tall, so I really have to carefully pick the clothes I wear. I love all your suggestions here! I guess even small women can wear maxi skirts! Yay.

  • Maxi skirts are great. Especially during those hot summer months!

  • So cute!! I love maxi skirts and wear them often. They are just so fashionable and comfy

  • Mary Anne

    I got my maxi! I love it is so confortable!

  • Jen At Dapperhouse

    I am very tall so I need to do the opposite of your tips (lol) but I wanted to say that you are so pretty, and I love the look with the black off the shoulder shirt and also the one with the converse shoes!

  • Cassie Liz

    This outfit is absolutely gorgeous! You look amazing and what great tips!

  • Yeu Doi

    Great tips, especially as the photos are awesome! I am very petite and rarely wear long skirts, but will do so now! Thank you for the heads up!

  • Coralie

    I love maxi skirts but I am also tall. These are great tips for those who are vertically challenged. I love that skirt too. Your outfits are cute!

  • Stefanie Stiller

    I love how you wear the skirt. I know that its not always easy for smaller people to wear maxi skrits and dresses. but you look amazing

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    I never thought it could look so cool. Never tried mix and matching with maxi dress and now you gave me an idea. Thanks for this!

  • Angela Milnes

    these are great tips. I like the photos as it really helps to understand the different ideas you share. thanks.

  • Colleen Wool

    I love your sense of style. The maxi skirts are adorable.

  • You look gorgeous in all the matches. A very pretty maxi skirt!

  • Thanks for the tips. I am petite. Actually wear XS.

  • AdventureDawgs

    I’m not really petite at 5’6′ but long skirts can still be a challenge. I love this skirt though and it looks great with all the outfits. I love having different looks with just a few key pieces. Especially when traveling since I try to pack light. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  • Dhemz Apdian – Dias

    wow, I love all these ideas…now I know how to wear my maxi skirts. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carrie Chady Rundhaug

    These are awesome tips! I am really short and my maxi skirts have always been too long but now that I know wear they are supposed to go I will get my MIL to hem them for me.

  • lexhan


    • Hi lexan, thank you so much! Very sweet of you to say that. I am glad you find it useful ❤️

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