More Drama, Mama: 4 Ways To Rock a Big Skirt

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I just can’t quit this skirt.   There’s something so festive and fun about a big, unapologetically glamorous skirt.  Even more than a ballgown, in my opinion.  It seems that these big maxi skirts – no matter how fancy – can be dressed down with pieces you already own and love  *cough*turtleneck*cough* for a vibe that’s decidedly offbeat, and wildly festive.

The last time I wore this skirt, I paired it with a tshirt (of course), and a few of you commented that you’d like to see it styled a few different ways.  So. Here are four ways to style this skirt, using pieces you likely have in your closet (think white shirts, denim or leather jackets, camis, etc).


Cozy:  A Slim Sweater (or Turtleneck)

Yup.  This is my favorite. 99% of the time, I will be wearing this skirt exactly like this:  Turtleneck, short chunky necklace, and glitter shoes because obviously.

I love this look because I felt oh-so-happily-glam in the manner of some sort of Queen-to-be (which sounds so much more regal than ‘princess’), yet the outfit is totally comfy and warm.  Win.





(photo credits:  Vafa Photography)

This is my fav.  But here are a few other ideas I messed around with in the studio…..


Classic: Denim Jackets & White Shirts



I don’t know who first rocked this look – Sharon Stone at the Oscars?  More recently Jenna Lyons, that’s for sure.  In any case…it wasn’t me.  But this classic combination is classic for a reason:  it WORKS.

I found that a silk blouse worked much better than a cotton one, and that footwear is a cinch with this outfit:  tall boots.  The casual vibe of the boot is perfect with a denim jacket, and would hide thick tights if it’s cold.




 Outfit Details

jacket – old (Joes’ Jeans I think) I splurged on it in 2002 and will never need another.  In that same vein, I’m loving Current/Elliot’s denim jacket – a soft, stretchy number that’s almost a shirt or their snap denim jacket.

topTuxe Bodywear The Coach

skirtShabby Apple Wooster Skirt in Mint (also in gray)

boots – old Fryes….very similar to the Renee Seam Tall (in Cognac)

bag – my mom’s, but check out our Evening Bag shop for a ton of similar options

necklace – old Stella & Dot, but you can get a similar vibe by layering this one and this one (both on sale)



Edgy:  Leather Jacket & A Simple Black Top




Tulle skirts and black leather jackets were made for each other.  I kept the punk princess vibe going with stiletto booties and black socks.  Because there is so much going on in this look, I went for a simple black shell.  I like mine slightly cropped and boxy, but really, any simple black shell would work.  Matching bracelets (in tortoiseshell) are a fun, unexpected accessory that bridges the gap between preppy and edgy.




 Outfit Details

jacket – old, but this year’s Iro Tara leather jacket is just as good (I’m in a 38 so I can fit sweaters under)

top – Kate Spade New York Sleeveless Wool Shell (now 30% off)

skirtShabby Apple Wooster Skirt in Mint (also in gray)

bootssimilar (40% off until monday)

bag – old, but I found a black feather clutch on Etsy, and a gray feather at Anthro

braceletsimilar or try Bauble Bar’s darker tortoiseshell cuff

Sweet: Silk Tanks & Skinny Scarves




It’s hard to find an accessory that finishes the look without making me feel overly ‘done up’.  Especially with such a foofy skirt – it’s an accessory all on it’s own.  However, the silk-cami/tulle-maxi combo looked…unfinished.  It needed a little something.  So.  Skinny scarf to the rescue.  (And ear crawlers, of course.  They always look good.)



 Outfit Details

top – JCrew Silk Cami (now 40% off)

skirtShabby Apple Wooster Skirt in Mint (also in gray)

shoes – Kate Spade Karolina Heels (everything is 25% off right now)

scarf – old Chan Luu, but her new ones are stunning (this is similar)

ear crawlers – similar



The problem with this outfit, of course, is how to warm it up?  I have two ideas:

 – Add a 3/4 Length Coat

I tried a bunch of options, including those long, down Chicago-style coats (which worked fine, actually).  But my favorite?  A slim, 3/4 length coat, which is one of the most versatile pieces out there.  These coats tend to fit nicely in the shoulders, which keeps the look from overwhelming.  And I like how much skirt shows at the bottom.



(wearing French Connection’s Mixed Media Coat – now 40% off)


– Try A Jackie-O Cardigan (Unbuttoned or Buttoned)

Ugh.  These cardigans.  I don’t love a cardigan, but sometimes, they’re just the exactly right thing.




How do we feel about it buttoned?


(wearing J.Crew’s Cashmere Cardigan – on sale and another 30% off this weekend)

Shop Statement Skirts

Here’s the thing:  you don’t need a tulle maxi to recreate this look.  Any big, glamorous skirt will give off a similar vibe, so pick one that makes your heart beat fast, one that fits you.  Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite statement skirts – skirts with twirl, skirts with pouf, skirts that make my heart sing.  Fa la la la la….


…la la la la.





About Author

Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. May you can nail it! I think I like the badass leather look the most.
    Ps can you throw some pics on IG wearing the Stuart W boots? They got marked down more so I pulled the trigger…:0

  2. LOVE. I adore the first look, the leather jacket is my style as well. I would LOVE to get a black skirt and pair with a black turtleneck (my boys’ nickname for me is Cash- as in Johnny, not the dollar, for my penchant for all black outfits). Shana, how is the give in the waist? I never know what kind of belly day I am going to be having…Thanks for these posts. Loving them, as always. xo

    • The skirt I’m wearing is actually a wrap skirt which I LOVE – you can simply wrap and tie it as tight or loose as needed. So I can tie it tighter higher on my waist, or looser for a long-slung look. Does this help? xo

      • Yes that completely helps!!! And makes it easier for me to seriously contemplate this! I have been thinking of pulling the trigger on a tulle skirt or a fuller leather (or faux leather) skirt. Love these ideas. Thank you chica! xo

  3. Two days ago, I bought a violet/grey tulle maxi skirt and am super excited to wear it. Totally outside my usual comfort zone, but dang I just could help myself ; )

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