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13 best maxi skirts for women to buy now

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Gone are the days when maxi skirts were purely for boho looks. As midis became a wardrobe staple, hemlines dropped and designers experimented with longer lengths to create something altogether sharper. Which means, you can now wear a maxi skirt all year round.

How? We hear you ask. Well, heavier iterations look great teamed with knee high boots in the winter, while lightweight styles are truly trans-seasonal – all you need to do is make the swap from trainers to sandals as the weather warms up.

Right now, though, while we’re all WFH, comfort is key. So invest in a maxi skirt that is easy to throw on in the morning, but make you feel instantly pulled-together. Jersey is an obvious choice due to its stretch, but this season’s favourite tiered silhouette is so roomy and freeing you’d be mad not to invest (especially when H&M’s version is just £14.99).

If you’re not sure where to begin, let us inspired you with 13 of the best maxi skirts to buy now and wear all summer long.

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Most flattering maxi skirt

Striped fluted maxi skirt

First up on our list is Phase Eight’s maxi skirt, mainly because it is just so flattering. It’s all thanks to the alternating stripes and bias-cut fabric which falls to create instant curves. 

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Tiered drawstring maxi skirt

H&M

£14.99

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With its drawstring waist and tiered silhouette, H&M’s maxi skirt is the definition of easy chic. It costs less than £15, so we’ll be adding the four other colourways (especially the versatile black) to our baskets too!

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Best floral maxi skirt

Branwen Maxi Skirt

£75
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Hush’s ditzy floral maxi can be dressed up with heels and a camisole at summer parties (whenever they might be), or toned down with chunky sandals and flip flops. And when the weather cools down? Just throw on a cashmere jumper and ground with a pair of trainers for a trans-seasonal look.

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Striped Lyocell-blend maxi skirt

Palmer//Harding

£445

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London-based brand Palmer//Harding excel in two areas: shirting and maxi skirts. So, naturally, this hybrid of the two is impossibly chic. Wear it with a one of the brand’s tailored blouses when you finally get back to the office but, for now, a tank top and sliders will look effortless.

Shop our edit of the best striped shirts here.

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Best long maxi skirt

Flared poplin skirt

We know what you’re thinking, aren’t all maxi skirts long? But, sometimes all you want is floor-sweeping hemlines to create a dramatic look – and they’re pretty hard to find on the high street. Mango’s scarlet-red version is made from cotton poplin and tiered to create a full silhouette. Paired with the matching puff-sleeve crop top, it’s feels like a modern take on Flamenco outfits.

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Pleated maxi skirt

& Other Stories

£69

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& Other Stories’ sunny yellow skirt is a real wardrobe saviour: you can wear it with trainers in the spring, ankle boots in the autumn, knee highs in the winter and strappy sandals right now.

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Ribbed-knit wrap maxi skirt

Le 17 Septembre

£230

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If you prefer something with a sleeker silhouette, why not opt for a knitted maxi skirt instead? Paired with the matching tank top, this ribbed wrap style is a nod to ’90s minimalism.

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Editor’s Pick

Gingham maxi skirt

Phase Eight’s maxi skirt is made from monochrome gingham cotton and pleated to create a full silhouette. Buy the matching cami top and you’ve got three outfits in one.

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Crochet-knit maxi skirt

£207

Theory

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Theory’s maxi skirt is made from crocheted cotton and cut in a timeless A-line shape. It’s currently reduced on The Outnet by 55%, from £460, so we can’t resist buying both the black and cream colourways.

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Most comfortable maxi skirt

Jersey Maxi Skirt

Boden
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£60.00

Boden’s maxi skirt is made from stretchy jersey and sits on an elasticated waistband, plus it has pockets for stashing your essentials in. It’s an easy piece that’s perfect for WFH in.

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Best linen maxi skirt

Tiered linen maxi skirt

Another Phase Eight gem (there are three on here, the brand is killing it this summer), this cobalt-blue maxi made from lightweight linen and tiered from the drop-waist down.

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Crochet-trim cotton-blend maxi skirt

Charo Ruiz

£314.41

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For better, beachy days: we just had to include this white crochet-trim number in the edit. Buy it now and save it for your holiday in 2021.

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Floral-print circle skirt

H&M

£39.99

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H&M’s maxi skirt is cut on a circle, so it’ll create the most beautiful swishy effect every time your take a step. We love the peachy florals but it also comes in khaki and lilac hues too.

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“Our sense of smell is intricately linked to our olfactory center of our brain—in fact our sense of smell is only one synaptic jump from our emotional brain which controls our stress response,” says Amy Galper, co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. To get super science-y for a second, your sense of smell (or “olfactory neuroanatomy”) is intertwined with the parts of your brain that control your emotions, including  the amygdala, hippocampus, and orbitofrontal cortex. When you sniff something, it has to get through all of these areas before it gets to the part of your brain that’s able to process the scent, which is why we often have such strong associations between fragrance and emotions. (Can you smell Axe Body Spray without thinking of your high school boyfriend? Because I cannot.)

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A 2013 study put this theory to the test, and scientists showed people stress-inducing text and images (think: car crashes and wars) to see if it would change their sense of smell. “After anxiety induction, neutral smells become clearly negative,” Wen Li, one of the researchers behind the study, told Science Daily. “People experiencing an increase in anxiety show a decrease in the perceived pleasantness of odors. It becomes more negative as anxiety increases.” And why is that? According to researchers, in a “normal” (aka low-stress) smelling situation, it’s just the olfactory system that gets switched on, but when you start to get anxious, the emotional system also kicks into gear and becomes part of the processing stream.

While certain scents are considered to be universally calming, there’s no “one size fits all” essential oil for keeping you calm—particularly in times of high anxiety. Essential oils like rosemary, chamomile, lavender, pine, clary sage, or  marjoram have been shown to lower nervous energy and trigger a resting response in your body, so if your usual calm-down candle has stopped working, try introducing one of these into your routine. Just be warned: it may stop working the next time you flick on the news.

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Available exclusively to the lucky owners of the actual roadsters, every element was selected to mirror models from the vast archive. For example, the white second hand and green circles found on the dial are meant to evoke the 356’s speedometer while the embossed leather strap is cut from the same plush leather used in the automaker’s interiors.

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The transparent caseback of the Heritage Edition watch. 

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Scheduled to go on sale this fall, the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Edition is a nostalgia-filled variant that draws from a bevy of sources in Porsche’s history. The two-seater has a dark, metallic cherry red paint job with crisp white racing stripes trailing from its headlights and a vintage crest fixed to the hood and hub covers originally used in 1963.

Beginning this month, the $14,000 watch will be offered exclusively at Porsche dealerships worldwide to future owners of the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition.


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