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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Fashion notes: Make the most of maxi skirts

The maxi may have had its moment in the limelight a few seasons past, but be sure, it’s certainly still in style. And with Ramadan commencing this weekend, it’s the perfect time to give your maxi skirts – and dresses – a second chance.
Sarah Benziane (fashion and lifestyle blogger - Les colonnes de Sarah) wears a Zara white top, a New Look pink jacket, a She Inside silver gray skirt, Bershka shoes, and a Dezzal black bag. Berthelot / Getty Images
Sarah Benziane (fashion and lifestyle blogger - Les colonnes de Sarah) wears a Zara white top, a New Look pink jacket, a She Inside silver gray skirt, Bershka shoes, and a Dezzal black bag. Berthelot / Getty Images

When it comes to skirts, we have all been pretty fixated of late on midi-length cuts crafted from pleated leathers, cottons and chiffons. We have been striving so adamantly to achieve that street-style-chic look that calls for our skirts to land right at the starts of our calves – no higher, no lower – that we have unfortunately forgotten about maxi skirts altogether.

Fine, the maxi may have had its moment in the limelight a few seasons past, but be sure, it’s certainly still in style. And with Ramadan commencing this weekend, it’s the perfect time to give your maxi skirts – and dresses – a second chance.

There are many advantages to wearing a maxi skirt in the Middle East. Not only is it considered a modest garment, so long as it’s not super-­transparent, but it’s also a far cooler alternative to jeans, trousers and leggings, in terms of the climate. Plus, when it’s at that all-too-enviable length where it just touches the floor, the maxi can give a dramatic, sweeping effect while moving.

That being said, you don’t have to shop for the run-of-the-mill maxi skirt this summer. There are plenty of variations on the market, from tulip-shaped, wrap-front styles to skirts with slits and asymmetric designs. Some feature voluminous flares; others are more minimalist, giving the wearer an effortless, feminine appearance.

While seasons prior have proved the trend went hand-in-hand with chunky statement necklaces, this summer, jewellery is more minimalist in nature, but every bit layerable. Opt for multiple dainty chains, bracelets and rings, rather than one big one. Also, it’s perfectly acceptable for you to wear trainers with your maxi in the day, then switch to heels at night.

Style your maxi with any old T-shirt – preferably one with a meaningful, feminist slogan, as popularised by the house of Dior.

hlodi@thenational.ae