1 Piece, 3 Ways: Make The Classic Maxi-Skirt Look Totally Fresh

On days when you're not willing to go bare-legged, a maxi-skirt is your BFF — it's breezy and lightweight, and no one will notice you've been neglecting the razor. But we're convinced that this wardrobe staple can be more than just a coverup. Read on to discover how to take your ankle-grazing skirt to new heights, whether you're bound for a dinner date or kicking it poolside. Let's take it to the max, shall we?
Dinner Date
To give the maxi-skirt a date-night spin, we aimed for an edgy-bohemian look and added an open-weave knit top, tough sandals, and cool triangle stud earrings. A bright pop of chartreuse and a sexy nude lip provide just enough color to keep things interesting.
Clockwise from top left: BaubleBar Rose Gold Triangle Studs, $22, available at Bauble Bar; Mango Cotton Open-Work Sweater, $59.99, available at Mango; Dorothy Perkins Tribal Print Maxi, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; Blair Ritchey Lulu Clutch, $165, available at Blair Ritchey; Alexander Wang Livia Heels, $402, available at Alexander Wang; CARGO Lip Gloss in Aruba, $14, available at Nordstrom.
Farmers' Market Trip
For a sun-soaked day at your local farmers' market, show a little skin with a sleeveless chambray top (we suggest knotting it at the waist). Sleek shades, a colorful bag and flats, and a statement bracelet make for the easiest — and cutest — weekend outfit yet.
Clockwise from top left: Loren Hope Maya Bracelet, $110, available at Loren Hope; H&M Denim Vest, $29.95, available at H&M; Dorothy Perkins Tribal Print Maxi, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; Prism Moscow Sunglasses, $410, available at Net-A-Porter; Melie Bianco Susan Tote, $62.90, available at Lori's Shoes; Chinese Laundry Easy Does It Flat, $59, available at Piperlime.
Pool Party
Another reason we love a maxi-skirt? It does double-duty as a bathing suit coverup, especially when your swimming soiree is on the fancier side. Here, we've paired it with a bombshell-worthy one-piece, futuristic shades, and a poppy lemon-yellow sandal. Add a hat to ward off the sun's rays and the quintessential summer pedi hue, and you're good to go.
Clockwise from top left: Dorothy Perkins Tribal Print Maxi, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; Beth Richards Faye Swimsuit, $250, available at Net-A-Porter; Urban Outfitters Flash Round Sunglasses, $16, available at Urban Outfitters; BCBGeneration Halle Canvas Tote, $87.99, available at Macy's; Steve Madden Hamil Sandals, $49.95, available at Steve Madden; Accessorize Floppy Hat, $29, available at Accessorize; Essie Hip-Anema, $8, available at Essie.

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