Creating Long Legs with a Maxi

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Tucking in your Shirt

Quote of the day: “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.” Vince Lombardi

Could it be that since a maxi skirt skims the ground, that your legs look longer in it? Especially when your shirt is tucked in? Even Mireille & Jude, our two blogettes, decided to take the challenge and try it out!

It’s one of the questions I’ve been contemplating since I came up with this blog theme. What is the best way to wear your maxi skirt at this time of year? My mom is all about tucking in her shirts, and Nancy is just the opposite. Granted they are two different body types, but I would argue that it’s not just your body type that makes a difference. It could also be the fit and style of the pieces of clothing that you’re wearing!

So here we are showing off 5 different outfits by tucking our tops into our maxis. We styled these exact same maxis with a long coat, here & a tunic, here. Do you wear a long skirt when it’s cold outside?

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: This is a re-creation of the outfit I wore to my book club’s holiday party! The idea for the gold top was from Jude (blogette seen below. She knew I had purchased this maxi from Suzanne’s Etsy shop and had an idea of how I could wear it).

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Since it was a holiday party, I wanted to add a pop of red with my belt, and I figured my glasses and lipstick counted as red accessories too?!!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I may have overloaded on the sparkle and shine, but hey, it was the holidays after all!! My choker is quite sparkly, and these earrings that I won from JTV last year certainly seem very glitzy! It’s hard to tell in these photos, but even my shirt has small specks of sparkle in it!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I did change out my footwear for this photo. The night of the party I wore my burgundy OTK boots, but since I wore those already in this series, I decided to switch it up for this one!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months

Skirt:Bought from Suzanne’s Etsy Shop (similar here)~~Top: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby-thrifted (similar here with a peep toe)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: Won from JTV (similar here quite expensive)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: So this is one of those outfits that Nancy would never wear! As a short waisted woman, she always wears her shirts longer or untucked. I understand that theory, but I don’t think this looks terrible either. In fact, I think it looks like her legs are a million miles long!?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Since Nancy rarely tucks anything in, she also does not have an abundance of belts in her closet. Therefore, her only wide one is this obi belt that my mom made for all 3 of us. We featured them in a series here, here, & here.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I tried to incorporate the red of the belt into her accessories too with a red & black necklace and red earrings.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

As for her camo blouse, I have to ask if you are a camo fan yet? I admit that I would never have imagined wearing this print before I started blogging, but it’s become a fashion bloggers favorite print for every age group! Of course, the three of us had to join in on the camo fun, so we styled them in a series that Sheela & Eve joined in on here, here & here.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Blouse: Living Doll (similar here)~~Top under the Blouse: Talbots (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Belt: Charlotte made it (similar here or here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom already had this outfit picked out when I came over to take photos! She said she had worn it recently and wanted to showcase it on the blog.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

The scarf is the star of the show in my opinion. It’s such a beautiful print and mom secured it to her shirt with a scarf clip. Mom remembers buying this clip in New Orleans for only $15! Part of it slides under the shirt, and then you pull the ends of the scarf through the opening.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Since the shirt is a 3/4 length sleeve, I had mom add in some bracelets! Now if you think I’m an accessory maximalist, you need to realize that I’m a novice compared to my mother. She wanted to add bracelets to both wrists, but I really wanted the focal point to be more on the scarf! What do you think?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

We added a belt that is the same color as mom’s shirt for this outfit. I’m sure we could have gotten away without a belt, but for some reason, it seemed unfinished without it. Maybe if there had been a wider waistband on the skirt, it might have looked better (like in Mireille’s example below).

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I bet you $100 that my mom will look at these pictures and comment to herself that she “looks thick.” And even if you think the same thing because the skirt is pleated at the waist portion, I always want to know why that is so bad? Our physical bodies are the way they are, but that doesn’t make us terrible! Of course, I want to show us in our best light, but I also want every woman to feel beautiful—-because we are! It’s my soap box of the day, so thanks for listening!

Skirt: No label (similar here with the print all over and here in solid red)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here with a thicker heel)~~Belt: (similar here with braiding)~~Scarf: Jones New York (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Mireille (Blogette): I love the larger waistband on Mireille’s maxi. To me it basically acts as a belt without having more layers involved! Hasn’t Mireille shown us some wonderful French influences in these posts? The beret in the first category, the scarf in the second post, and now this Breton shirt all have that french flair, we know and love!

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In Mireille’s words: “So this one, I like the idea of it but I was having problems with the stripes and height of skirt. I don’t wear my shirt tucked in much but it is nice to do something out of my comfort zone.  My poor 10 year old decided that it was hard work to take pictures, we took about 10 of this outfit for me to be somewhat satisfied 😝.”

 (As my comment to this, you’d laugh if you knew how many photos we sometimes take to get a good one or two! No wonder the professional model shoots take up an entire day!)

Jude (blogette): Jude didn’t brave the cold & snow in this photo like she did for our leather skirt posts here & here! But she did comment to me that the lighting was NOT good. However, I think we can see how fun her outfit is especially with that fabulous belt!

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  • 3littleredheads

    Maxi skirts are my go-to skirts! I like ones in cozy fabrics.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great–then you’re the person to ask? What do you normally wear with them? A shorter shirt or a longer shirt? And what length of coat over top??
      The 3 of us don’t wear them much, so this was quite the experiment!!

  • Laura Lane

    Y’all look super classy! I’ve scrolled through several posts and am amazed! I love the concept of your blog and your mommas are beautiful representatives of their ages as are you!
    God bless you,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!

  • Lovely post holding so many questions and contemplations. I love all the skirts, I really do. Yours is so pretty. If it would have fit me, I might have been the owner. The red belt and the sparkly top are beautiful with it, as are the shoes. Being a little old fashioned I think these shoes are better with the skirt than your OTK boots will have been. One little hesitation…such a light coloured top so near your face, might have been better with a red or green necklace? Although I can fully understand your craving for the beautiful bling. Anyway, you looked a star.
    Nancy is right, she shouldn’t tuck the shirt in. I know it gives her longer legs, but the proportions aren’t right. I think I would put her in something which is a few inches lower than her waist but going in at the waist, fitted. What do you think?
    Charlotte has nothing to worry about, she looked gorgeous in this outfit. I am with her, I would have added bracelets on the other arm too. Or perhaps two identical cuffs would have been very nice and wouldn’t have taken away the focus on the scarf (I agree with you in that).
    Well, that was my two cents. Don’t take it too seriously.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for all of your wonderful thoughts, Greetje!!
      I love to hear how other women see the outfits because sometimes just one suggestion can make me rethink an entire issue!!
      Even though these outfits weren’t my faves, it really made me want to do it again, if only to make them better. Sometimes I think I’d do better if I just slowed down and really tried to evaluate the looks before we take the photos! Then again—I get so stubborn at times, that I want to pair this with this that a better lesson could be to be more flexible, LOL!

      • Ha haha. I don’t mind you being stubborn. At least you dare to research.

  • Melissa

    I totally understand Nancy’s problem with tuck-in tops for us short girls, but maxi skirts gives you height. I love the color of you maxi! You ladies are rocking it 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mel. It also makes me wonder if you get so used to seeing yourself a certain way (like with your top untucked) that it doesn’t look right the other way?)

  • i am Zoe Watson

    Another great week of outfits! I love the unexpected camo shirt and the colors that you put into the other outfits.

    Thank you for participating in this week’s #fandayfriday link party! I hope you get some great traffic to your site this week and hope to see more of your blog posts at next week’s party!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Patty. I know Nancy wasn’t fond of this outfit, but she’s such a great sport about letting me try different things with her! 🙂
      Thanks so much for hosting the link up—it’s really fun to find other blogs out there!!

  • Charlotte’s outfit with scarf is tres chic! And I understand Nancy’s hesitation to tuck in a shirt when she’s short-waisted. It took me years to come around to the silhouette, and now it’s my favorite, especially with fuller skirts. Something she might want to try is tucking in the shirt, and then pulling several inches back out to fold over the waistband. It’ll give her a slightly longer torso. I also wear tops over my maxis but pull them tight and knot them to the side. It gives the same fitted look as tucking in but adds a couple inches to the length of the top.

    Your look is my favorite of the three. It’s festive in green and red with pops of sparkle, but I think it’s a pretty and frosty wintertime look, holidays or not. The soft cowl neck is such a relaxed touch against the slim structured skirt and glamorous accessories.

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      OMG LIz—Thanks for addressing this subject for Nancy. Since my body is shaped differently, I don’t always know what works for other shapes as well. And that’s such a fabulous suggestion about knotting the shirt to the side!! I know we’ve sometimes tried the pulling it out a little, and I’m not sure if she ever does it on her own. I do know that she hates it when the item doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to (she really misses the bodysuits, LOL).
      That’s exactly why I love reading other blogs, because I think you see certain silhouettes over and over and realize that they aren’t “bad” like the rules used to say!!
      Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    Oh I love maxi skirts and only came to love them last year. I even styled one a while ago with some Hunter wellies in the British countryside and it’s one of my favourite posts ever. I really love your Jodie, especially its colour and shine. Love, Kirsten

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great suggestion Kirsten—I bet the wellies added such uniqueness to the maxi. I don’t have a pair of wellies—but maybe some other kind of fun footwear would be perfect?

  • Deborah Ross

    Jodie, I really like all of the maxi styles seen on your post today! It reminds me to look in my closet for my longer/maxi styles and wear them! And, thank you for your “soapbox” comment about accepting our bodies as they are and going ahead and tucking our shirts. I have tucked less and less over the years because my post 50’s body is not the same as it was in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and I always worry about the extra “bulk” around my middle. It s empowering to hear your words say there is nothing wrong with it! Great post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you so very much for voicing your thoughts Deborah!
      It really came to me when I was reading a comment on a Going Grey Gracefully post on FB. The woman said her mom & sister were giving her a hard time about going grey because it made her look older. And my thought was, “why is it bad to look older?” And then that led to the thought of “why is it bad that our bodies have changed?” I just think we would all be happier if we accept what we have. Not that we can’t try to look good or use makeup or such! Even I struggle with this concept many days with my curly hair. I’m trying to learn to love it, and some days are better than others 🙂
      Happy Sunday!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Passant!

  • Jodie, I absolutely love your maxi skirt! The color, the fabric, the cut. Super flattering and green (I love my greens)! I need to try tucking my shirt into maxi skirts and belting them. I always forget that belts create a waistline (which I don’t have) and so I often avoid tucking or even wearing skirts like this. I remember wearing full maxi skirts with riding boots quite often in the 90’s, but lately, I tend to reserve maxi skirts for warmer weather. I think I need to follow your lead here though and try them out again in winter. You all look fabulous!

    Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being so positive Shelbee about this subject. I still don’t feel as comfortable styling the maxis but I bet it’s only because I don’t do it much. I think part of us feeling comfortable in certain items is just the fact that we wear it over and over and get used to it? Or maybe I’m crazy??
      But then I really feel the need to try it more and see what I can come up with!!
      Happy Sunday!

  • I like the tucked in looks – I do think it helps create a longer line! Your skirt is so pretty too, the shiny heels were a nice compliment to it.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I’m glad I finally had a few minutes to look at this post more closely. I love that skirt you have on. It is so sleek and shimmery. You look beautiful. And hooray to Nancy for being willing to tuck her camo shirt in and to wear camo with a skirt. How cool is that!! You mom looks lovely and I agree that scarf steals the show. Tell your blogette’s that they look fabulous too. What a great post. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!
      This series really made me want to find even more ways to wear my maxi in the winter—without looking like a blob–LOL! It seems more challenging when you are so covered on the bottom half!!
      Happy Sunday!

  • You all look lovely in your maxi skirts. That is the one item I love on everyone else but me. They always make me look short and frumpy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I actually feel the same way, Amy! In fact, I only had one other maxi skirt and I gave it away. But I do have to admit I like this one. And I have a couple of maxi dresses–they seem different!!
      Happy Weekend!!

  • I love longer skirts!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michele!!

  • Jodie, your skirt is beautiful! I am short waisted myself and yet I typically tuck and belt so that is an interesting perspective about Nancy. And you mom…I love that you feature her.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love that you said that Carrie about being short waisted. Sometimes I think it’s more of a habit for Nancy?
      Thanks for stopping by and happy Friday!

  • Cinching at the waist is such a good idea! Plus it shows off your shape wonderfully

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Jodie, these all look wonderful! I wasn’t a huge fan of the long tunics over the maxi skirts in the last post, but these looks are fab and seemingly easy to pull together! I really love yours and would totally wear it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally agree Terri!! I liked the idea of the last post, but not the results! These outfits just seem better shaped or something?
      Happy Friday!

  • Mother of 3

    I do love maxi skirts but rarely wear them in the winter… something about the cold just makes me want to wear pants. I have paired them with a sweater now and then though.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know exactly what you mean! And I wear tights under my pants sometimes, but it can make me feel thick. I was thinking that it’d be so easy to hide many layers under our maxis!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  • This is probably my favorite way to style them just to visually break things up more, but your series has made me think!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to agree Amy. The maxis are so voluminous that they may need something to give us shape!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Judy Gramith

    You’re just resplendent in this outfit Jodie. That skirt has a timeless, classy, beauty that will never be out of style. It might be fun for you to start looking for a wider embellished belt on consignment to add some real pop at your waist.
    Nancy may be uncomfortable wearing a belt but she looks great and her curves are enhanced instead of hidden. She can justifiably claim more confidence than she currently allows herself!!
    Charlotte’s addition of that colorful scarf nicely broadens her shoulders and balances her look beautifully. The oranges are magically uplifting and SO perfect with her skirt.
    Mireille does bring to mind a French mood here and stripes are such a great way to broaden shoulders. (I personally have the shoulders of a linebacker and a flat chest but I love striped tops and own and wear them anyway…confidence?) A fun small silk scarf at Mireille’s neck (choker style) would add even more French flair!! My fellow blogette looks tres’ bon!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well thanks to you for the suggestion for this outfit, Jude!! I really had no idea what I was going to wear with it, but I think the gold was perfect for the party!!
      I’m so glad you added your fabulous maxi to this party! It just makes my day when other women want to join in on the fun!
      And you have such a love for clothing and the reasoning behind what works & doesn’t—thank you again for all of your help!

    • Mireille

      That’s a great idea, Judy!

  • You all look amazing. What a fun comparison. All of the outfits have a look of elegance, but a touch of fun. #wotw

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cheryl! We do have a lot of fun trying to prove that just because we’re older doesn’t mean we can’t look good!! 🙂

  • jess

    I actually dont think I own a maxi skirt! I have maxi dresses, but not a skirt and I love how these are styled. I think you look amazing Jodie and the belt shows off your svelte figure!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      Do you ever wear your maxi dress in the colder weather? I suppose you could layer it?

  • I love all the ways you have shown how to style a maxi! I think this is my favorite way to wear it. Love how the belt really accentuates the waist. Each one of these skirts are beautiful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Katherine!
      Maybe a belt is key? I should totally play with this thought!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I do like a maxi skirt, it’s practically all I live in during the summer months! Great looks, thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jocelyn!! I know they are so popular in the summers—although I need a new summer one!!
      Do you ever wear yours in the winter?

  • I love Jude s skirt! I can see it with my otk boots! I was thinking that your mother and Nancy both married your father, isnt it fantastic and unique that your mother makes clothing and accesories for the three of you! You are so very often that one woman cant stand the new partner of the ex partner. Or is that Dutch?😂😂😂😂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Nancy!!
      It was super fantastic growing up with all of the family still getting along even though my parents were divorced!!

  • mom2h

    Morning, Jodie! Still loving the Maxi’s y’all are styling. (Yep, I’m from the south, y’all!) Your ensemble is stunning. I see that at a New Year’s Eve party or a charity ball. Those shoes are HOT! I couldn’t wear pointy toe heels, anymore, though. boo. I wear Vionic and Ecco shoes, mostly. I do like the camo trend and I’m looking for something that works for me, like a light jacket. I can’t wear red at the waist, myself, but I like the color pop on Nancy. I’d do better with a fitted top or a scarf around the waist, with most of it open flat making a diagonal across my hips. Your mom looks great in her outfit, too. You are right, the SCARF is the star. Bracelets on one wrist only, definitely, and maybe a statement ring on the other. And I’m crazy about Jude’s maxi! Confidence. I’d wear cowboy boots with it, myself, and some slightly western earrings or necklace. The skirt is very Mexican looking. Love your REAL ladies styling for REAL life.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a fabulous comment—thanks for such positivity and love from down South!!
      A camo jacket would be so perfect–when you said that I had to have a look on my shopping site and this is what I found: or or ! Man, there are so many cute ones…this is why I have so many clothes, LOL!!
      And what a great idea to wear a scarf around your waist—why didn’t I think of that?
      Thanks so much for chiming in!! I love hearing what everyone thinks!!
      Happy Friday!

    • Judy Gramith

      Can you believe I’ve had this skirt for probably 10 years! I love it too and I will definitely wear it with cowboy boots ( which I also love) I wish I’d thought to wear some for this photo!!

      • Jodie Filogomo

        That’s so cool, you’ve had that skirt so long!!
        Isn’t it funny how someone thinks of something to pair with your outfit, and you think, why didn’t I think of that? You do it to me all the time!! 🙂
        I think it’s fun because we all think differently!

  • It’s your quote of the day that sums up maxi week for me, Jodie…
    It’s all about confidence.
    I think each outfit styled for today’s post looks wonderful…especially with all the contexts you described.
    But I would feel the same way Charlotte would (even though I think Charlotte’s outfit is lovely). I’m okay with my shape (mostly) but I avoid styles that I don’t think enhance it. If it makes me look “thicker,” I’m out.
    So, I’ll commandeer your Vince Lombardi quote to add that confidence is the most important accessory. 🙂
    ANNND…it may never get past the fitting room, but I will experiment with maxi skirts!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you bring up a good point Em, about confidence!
      I sometimes think that when we are trying a new style (at least for us) it’s hard to wrap our head around the “different” look. But after trying it for awhile, it seems more “us”? At least this is how I felt with the brogue shoes. I would have never worn such a manly shoe before blogging—“my” kind of shoes were fun & girly! And I didn’t like the brogues on me at first, but now I feel more comfortable in them!
      I have learned in my advanced age (LOL) that trying things on–even if you think it’s not your style—can be so eye opening! And I always have to remind myself when things don’t fit or look good, that it’s the clothing that doesn’t fit—not my body that is bad! (along with the fact that alterations are key!)
      Happy Friday, and as always I love hearing what you think about these things!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    These looks are fabulous. I definitely think the short with long is a great look and the most attractive look for a petite woman. Your skirt is beautiful. You have highlighted its versatility which on first glance one wouldn’t think it could be used so many different ways.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!! I really did love this skirt—it’s such a shimmery material, and seems so glamorous!
      It’s funny when you said short with long, it reminded me of the long jackets with the short skirts we used to wear (kinda the opposite of this)—I wonder why that works so well?
      Happy Friday and thanks for your voice!!

      • Bernadette Laganella

        When I was a stylist for Talbots I always adhered to the idea that clothes were a frame not the whole picture. Too much volume becomes the dominant feature of the composition. Have a stylish weekend.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          What a fabulous way to say that!! I love it!

  • Mireille

    My favorite this week is your outfit today, Jodie! Proportions are perfect and you look perfect for the holidays without beeing over the top. I love it! Cool shoes too! I really like Jude’s skirt belt and necklace! Maybe I would like my outfit better with a belt, when i saw jude’s it reminded me that I do have a wide black belt in my closet (I really never wear my belts, will have to go back through your posts and get some inspiration!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being so positive Mireille!!
      But I do think that it looks like yours is belted due to the wide waistband—and your striped top is totally perfect with it! It’s funny how sometimes we like other’s outfits better than our own!! 🙂
      Happy Friday!!