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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Winter Maxi

Although Ger Fleming may say it's officially Spring, Winter just hasn't taken the hint. While the shops are stock piling the new fresh and bright florals, with shortened hem lines, the reality is that it snowed in Ireland yesterday. So the question is how do we dress for two seasons at once? After much brainstorming, I am going to explain to you how I overcame this issue.

I bought this purple maxi skirt in the Brown Thomas sale in December. It is made of a sheer, pleated material with an extreme side split over a short jersey under-skirt. Whilst the pleats may add width to certain individuals, this is cleverly counteracted with the see-through sheer material so that one can see the definition of your legs. While I have had a few 'Marilyn' moments while walking down Patrick Street with our south-westerly winds, the high slit moves subtlety as you walk showing off a hint of sexy leg exposure.

For Spring/ Summer 2013, three fashion trends are huge; 'Summer Grunge', '70s' and 'leather', with Vogue magazine citing that a skirt slit is a 2013 fashion essential. In this outfit, I achieved all three trends while still being Winter practical. The maxi is a 70s love child, themed with black opaque tights to keep your health, and mind your modesty. The high top trainers gave the skirt an edgier daytime look and made my legs appear longer. Finally, a thick knit kept me snug from the elements layered with my black Topshop leather jacket to finish. The dark palette tones of the outfit ensured the 'grunge' look was achieved.

While lighter shades of maxi skirts with prints are commonly found and worn in Summer, buying a darker block colour instead means that it can be interchangeably used amongst the seasons for both day and night. A lighter colour on top will then brighten up the skirt come Summer.

Celebrities have been long championing the maxi, for both day and formal occasions. Rihanna's new collection included a grey jersey maxi, although it may not be practical for every body height and shape. I love this one instead by Diesel for ASOS.

(Image: Stylesiren.ie)

Image Left: Rihanna for River Island, Right: Diesel for ASOS

There is something incredibly sexy about the 70s maxi skirt. To me it envisions elegance, femininity and boho-chic. It has definitely always been my favourite Summer piece, and now it's Winter-ready too.

It is essential to remember though, that buying a maxi skirt is like buying a new pair of jeans, you may have to try on a few different styles and lengths, and have to tailor it slightly before you find the perfect one.

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera xX
(Please follow me on Twitter: @veramcgrath)

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