The Best Tops to Wear With Maxi Skirts For Different Seasons
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The Best Tops to Wear With Maxi Skirts For Different Seasons

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

You must realize my love affair with maxi skirts at this point. I have several blog posts on the different types of shoes to wear with a maxi skirt as well as how to style a maxi skirt in the Fall. I can’t help it if maxi skirts are one of my favorite wardrobe staples I tend to wear year-round. Long skirts can be dressed up or down to create both casual as well as more formal looks.

Regardless of your age and body type, it is possible to rock a maxi skirt in different ways to create stylish looks. The key is to invest in a few maxi skirts in different colors and/or styles. Ensure they offer a flattering fit and then watch how you can easily put together chic long skirt outfits. If you’re just starting out on your maxi skirt journey, I would be providing a list of maxi skirts you want to purchase first.


In today’s blog post, I would be going over different tops to pair with a long maxi skirt to create chic and flattering looks. Whether you are looking to create a casual look or dressing up for formal events, this post would be a useful guide. The kind of tops you choose to pair with your skirt can make or break your outfit. If you want to know the best tops to pair with this wardrobe staple, then keep reading.

I would be including long skirt outfit ideas for the different seasons as maxi skirts are a great transitional piece you can wear all year long. During the summer months, you can pair them with sleeveless or short-sleeved tops.

During the Fall and winter, layering your tops or opting for long-sleeved ones helps you carry them into the colder months. You can also wear maxi skirts to special occasions as there are more formal long skirts you could easily style with a nice blouse.

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Before we dive into the various maxi skirt outfits you can create with different tops, I would like to share the basic maxi skirts everyone should own. These long skirts could be paired with any top or shirt to create chic casual or dressy looks. You most likely already own some of the skirts listed and so I would suggest you just build on that if you are looking t expand your maxi skirt options.

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The different maxi skirts you must own

i) A pleated maxi skirt

Pleated maxi skirts add a certain formality to an outfit. There’s just something about pleats. These types of maxi skirts can be reserved for special occasions as you could pair them with a nice blouse and a pair of heels for a formal dinner. Pleated maxi skirts such as THIS ONE could also be worn to the office for a chic office look. Pair yours with a pair of flats and a simple white blouse for an elegant office wear attire.

ii) A long pencil skirt

A maxi pencil skirt makes for a great option of pencil skirt if you’re not shy to show off your body shape. You could pair with a crop top and leather jacket for date night or a peplum top and a pair of heels for a birthday party. A jersey pencil skirt works great if you want to show off your curves while remaining comfortable. A high waist pencil skirt like this one would make your waist appear smaller.

iii) A maxi in a bold color and/or print

Create a fun and interesting look with your maxi skirt outfits by adding one in a bold color or print to your wardrobe. You could pair it with a simple white shirt to create the perfect balance. Create a great look that stands out in the warm weather by adding a maxi skirt with floral prints to your closet. You could style it with tops in bright colors to create head-turning outfits.

THIS chiffon maxi skirt could easily be paired with a denim jacket for a casual look or with a long sleeved top for a more formal look.

If you are looking for a floral mxi skirt, check out THIS ONE.

iv) A maxi skirt with a slit

Another key maxi skirt to own is a sexy number. A maxi skirt with a slit adds a touch of sexiness to any outfit. Depending on the fabric it’s made from, you could pair it with a pair of sneakers and a simple tank top for everyday wear. You could also pair it with a fitted sweater for a chic cold weather outfit. THIS allover print maxi skirt features a front slit and could easily be styled for a warm summer day with a crop top and a hat.

v) A maxi skirt in a neutral color

If loud colors and bold prints are not your thing, this is the best option for you. Also, even if you have skirts in other colors, a neutral max skirt is more appropriate for formal occasions. You could easily pair them with tops in bright colors to create interesting looks. You could also keep a neutral palette and pair your skirt with neutral-colored tops and blouses.

THIS maxi skirt would be perfect for the office or to wear to church. You could pair it with a cardigan during the cooler months or with a short-sleeved blouse when it’s hot outside. It’s the perfect skirt to create chic office looks with.

Now that you have an idea of the types of maxi skirts you can build the perfect wardrobe with, let’s talk about the different ways to style them. The tops you choose to pair with your skirt would depend on the dress code of wherever you’re headed. It would also depend on the weather as you probably don’t want to wear a crop top in the winter.

The good news is you most likely already own all if not most of the tops I shall list below. All you would have to so is mix and match them accordingly to create chic maxi skirt outfits. Don’t forget to pay attention to your footwear as well to complete your overall look.

The best tops to pair with a long skirt

1) Crop tops

Crop tops are my go-to during the summer months. One of the best ways to create a sexy yet casual look with a maxi skirt is to pair it with a crop top. You don’t even have to show your belly if you’re not comfortable doing so. You could always opt for a high-waisted maxi skirt or a longer cropped top to achieve this look.

For more ways on how to wear a crop top without showing any belly, check out my post: 5 ways to wear a crop top without showing your stomach.

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Complete your outfit with a pair of white sneakers if you’re going for a casual vibe. You could also add a pair of high heels if you’re dressing up for date night.

2) Long-sleeved blouses

For a more professional outfit, try pairing your maxi skirts with shirts and blouses with long sleeves. You could choose a top in a solid color or one with a bold print. Create a chic monochrome look by pairing a skirt and blouse in the same color. During the summer, throw on a pair of flats or flat sandals to complete your look. Complete your look with a trench coat during the colder months.

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3) Sweaters

One of the best ways to style your long skirts during the cold seasons is by pairing them with a chic sweater. A cropped sweater can be worn for casual events. Pair your long skirt with a fitted sweater in a dark neutral color to create a classy evening wear outfit. Add a statement necklace and a pair of strappy heels and you’re ready to attend a gala event.

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Oversized sweaters can be paired with long skirts during the winter to create a warm stylish look. Add a pair of combat boots as well as a pair of leggings for extra warmth. Who says you can’t be stylish in the cold weather?

4) Tank top

A great way to create a laid-back casual look with your long summer skirts is to pair them with a tank top. You could wear this outfit to the mall, to grab a coffee or even to the grocery store. If you’re going to be out all day, grab a denim jacket to keep you warm and stylish. If you’re headed for a beach or pool party, pair your sheer maxi skirt with your swimsuit and a tank top.

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Looking for a flowy maxi skirt to wear to the beach, check THIS ONE out. Bonus: it has pockets!

5) Off-shoulder top

Show off your decolletage in an off the shoulder top and a maxi skirt, This is a good option to try if you want to show a little skin with your long skirt outfit. You could go with a cropped off-shoulder top or a long one, depending on your person style. Complete your look with a pair of flat sandals during the warm months or a pair of heels for a dressier outfit. A lace top could be worn to create a dainty look perfect for a tea party.

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6) Graphic tee

If you’re looking to create a more edgy look with your long skirts, a graphic t-shirt is your best option. Yes, you can pair your old High school t-shirt with your maxi skirt and make it look fashionable. This is the perfect time to whip out all of those old concert tees you never know when you’ll ever wear. Complete your look with a black leather jacket and perhaps ankle boots during the cold weather.

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7) Denim shirt

A denim shirt paired with a maxi skirt is such a classic combination. This is a casual look you could wear for brunch, to run errands or even to drop the kids off at school. A simple chic look you can try out next time with your black maxi skirt is to pair it with a denim shirt tied into a knot in the front. Worried about showing some belly? Wear a simple top underneath your denim shirt. Complete your look with a pair of sneakers or even mules.

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And there we have it – a pretty good style guide for knowing what kind of tops to pair with long skirts. Remember that this list is non-exhaustive, and I welcome you to try different tops as they fit into your personal style. These options however are fool-proof and have been tried and tested.

These same tops could also be paired with a midi skirt to create additional stylish outfits. This means you get to recycle the items in your closet to create multiple looks – which is a win in this economy! Long skirts can be worn year-round if style correctly.

Let me know which one of these looks was your favorite.

Check out my post: 8 different tops to wear with all kinds of skirts for some more outfit inspiration for all the skirts in your wardrobe.

I also have a post called: Top 10 shoes to wear with maxi skirts if you need some footwear inspiration for your maxi skirts.

Until the next post,



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