Do You Look Longer with a Tunic over your Maxi?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Tunic

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On the quest to find the best ways to wear our maxi skirt when the temperatures are a bit colder, I wondered about pairing them with tunics. My thought process was since the skirts are longer, maybe our top portion should be too!

Trust me when I say this is all new territory for me. Before I started blogging, I didn’t have a tunic in my closet, and I certainly wouldn’t have worn a maxi. Luckily my judgment on how to style clothing has certainly changed. I’m definitely more open to new ways & styles, and I only hope that I inspire you to be too! I feel very lucky that Mireille, our blogette, from the last post, is happily joining us again. Isn’t it fun to see how other “real” women style their maxis for the winter with an untucked tunic!

And let’s talk functionality! It seems like a maxi skirt would be so smart in the cold weather. Just think of all of the layering that could be happening beneath it!

The 3 of us are all wearing the same maxi skirts that we did in the first post when we styled them with a long coat, here. I incorporated some variety with this tunic category, by belting my tunic but not mom’s & Nancy’s. How would you do it?

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I decided to belt my tunic for this outfit. I watched a video once where the stylist admonished belts especially around a unfitted shirt. And I can see her point in these photos. The tunic tends to bunch up! But in my defense, I wanted to add in some other colors by using this belt. Does the bunching up bother you guys?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I do have to wear heels with this skirt. Either that or I need to shorten it a tad. I figured I’d try it long for awhile and see how it works. It seems like such a dressy skirt, that I’d be more likely to wear heels with it anyways. I call these my “tuxedo” heels. I fell in love with them years ago at an Ann Taylor’s store, and I used to wear them at the office all the time!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

There is a rule of “3’s” that are being taught. When adding in a different color with your accessories, then make sure you have at least 3 pieces of that color. So that would work with what I am wearing since my earrings, belt & shoes are all black & white. Then does it count that my glasses, lipstick & purse are all red?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Look at those beautiful mountains in the background! And you thought Denver was full of snow and cold in January!!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Skirt: Bought from Suzanne’s Etsy Shop (similar here)~~Tunic: Elie Tahari for Kohl’s (similar here with an asymmetrical hemline)~~Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar here with fun polka dots or here with a wedge)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in all black)~~Purse: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy just wore this tunic with her Christmas Story about holidays of the past, here! I wasn’t the only one who thought it looked terrific on her, so I thought we’d try it with her maxi skirt too!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Since Nancy’s maxi is straight with no flair to it, I thought that a straight & fitted tunic would work with it!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months

And then since everything else was long, we chose 2 long necklaces! The red & black necklace isn’t very well weighted and would swing around and get stuck which you can sort of see in the one photo above this one. I’m not sure how to fix this?

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

We didn’t layer the tunic over a turtleneck this time, but Nancy does have on a camisole under it! And peeking out of the slit in the skirt, are her grey boots!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Top: Alfani (similar here)~~Boots: Fergalicious (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom’s tunic that we picked for this post is a crocheted long sweater. Of course we had to layer under it for these colder days, so we put a matching turtleneck under it! Needless to say, there is also a long underwear top under the turtleneck, too!! LOL, mom is always cold like I am!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

I picked out the dark brown ankle boots with this look to try to ground the outfit and not have it be too light in color for the wintertime.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Since the boots were darker, I added in dark earrings and a necklace with dark beads. This necklace was super long, so we tied a knot in the middle of it, in order to shorten it a little.

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

We actually tried belting this outfit at first, but I thought the sweater was too bulky and made mom look wonky!

Maxi Skirts Worn for the Winter Months.

Skirt: No label (similar here with the print all over and here in solid red)~~Turtleneck: Cheryl (similar here)~~Sweater: Colleen’s Collectibles (similar here not quite as long or here without the crochet)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here not as long but with an interesting pendant or here with seed beads)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Mireille (Blogette): I love the detail on this maxi of Mireille’s! And, of course, she added a scarf!! What a perfect addition for the colder months!!

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In Mireille’s words: “I added a scarf for color ($1 find at a yard sale and my favorite!). Old navy tunic from this year, I really like how it is longer in the back and love that color! Think I will be wearing this this Sunday!”

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  • Amy D. Christensen

    It always amazed me, that we can take something we never thought we would do and make it work. This is a great post for keeping warm, while still wearing a long skirt to look more dressed up. I think belting anything is fine, it’s just a matter of finding the right belt and playing with the top to get the bulkiness evened out. Your top looks great belted. I really like Nancy’s outfit. I think it is the combination of the colors and the streamlined look of the whole outfit. It makes her look tall and slim. I love your Mom’s sweater. All that texture!! And Mireille’s outfit is perfect too. Love the pop of color with the scarf! Another winning post, Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being so positive about these looks Amy!!
      I know this post in particular got a lot of “didn’t likes” in the reaction buttons, but I do think it’s good to play around with different styles!!

  • Do you know? I hadn’t heard of that three way rule? Living in cloud cuckoo land, that’s me. But I have sat here and thought about it and how clever it sounds. I will be giving it a try! Love your skirt Jodie. I would have to wear heels. but anything that elongates me is a bonus. x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now it makes me wonder where I’ve heard that rule of 3’s Laurie!! But it is a nice basis when you’re adding in other colors to try to be more cohesive with the look!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • jess

    Jodie, I really love the maxi skirt on you, the sheen and color is so pretty! Love those tuxedo shoes too! I do like that you used a belt to define the waist. all of the looks are pretty and I like that you added color near your mom’s face.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I have to admit that maybe a belt is a needed element? I’m going to have to try this again with other tunics and see if a belt helps!!

  • All are so cute as always, but I love how you belted yours to define your waist!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re right Annessa—it makes a difference to belt it. But I do think I like them tucked in (today’s post) better?

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And thanks for always hosting it, Nicole!!

  • fabulous fab

    Jodie…you are all so stylist. Love all the outfits specially your skirt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much—I really appreciate the kind words!

  • I never tried wearing a tunic over my maxi skirt! Your maxi is such a gorgeous color and I love the tunic belted!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love this maxi—it’s such a shimmery material and makes me feel quite glamorous. I’m still not sold on the tunics with these skirts, but I’ll keep trying!!

  • LauriePOP

    I think you nailed all three! And that skirt! Swoon..LauriePOP Ideas That POP

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laurie!

  • Valentino did it last year and Valentino knows! love the looks!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really? Thanks actually exciting to hear—you just made my day, Dora!!

  • Great maxi outfits! Long necklaces look best with this style. I used to go by the rule of “3’s” a friend taught me about 10 years ago and I’m not knocking it, but I don’t think it’s always necessary. Sometimes I feel like it, sometimes I don’t. Red lipstick counts as one of the 3 with glasses and purse. 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It would make sense that this rule of 3’s is no longer a “have to” since most of the other rules are made to be broken too!!
      Thanks so much for your kind words, Carmen!

  • Laura

    Nancy’s slim silhouette really works with the longer top! I like the idea of belting, but I typically abandon it because bulky tops just never look right and end up making me look wider. Fortunately you are so slender you don’t have that issue! All in all, I think tunics are a great option for some of the maxi skirts you’ve shown!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!
      I still like the idea, but I really wasn’t super excited about these outfits. Maybe different tunics could be better?? It gives me a great challenge for next year, at least!!

  • love seeing the creative outfits you all come up with!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words, Kelsey.
      I’m not sure I’d wear my maxi like this again—it didn’t turn out to be my favorite look. But I’m glad I tried it—how would I know otherwise?

  • So, I like your look b/c the skirt is full and flouncy and your waist is defined. I’m not crazy about the other three looks though. A little too much fabric for all of these lovely ladies. But, I’m not really a maxi skirt fan from the get-go, so that could be it too. But, good exercise to get all of us thinking about proportions and all. Plus, I’m busy clicking on all of your links! Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really appreciate your thoughts about this Julia!!
      I was trying to analyze our outfits (after the post went live, of course. Far be it for me to try to figure it out beforehand…ha ha). I think the maxis present as quite a voluminous piece since you can’t see the individual legs of the person wearing it. Thus maybe more definition up top is the key?
      I love these kind of challenges in actuality. When an outfit turns out great, it’s all good. But then there’s nothing else to do about it. But when an outfit seems wonky—then there’s a project to make it better! I know, I’m a strange gal!! 🙂

  • mom2h

    My first time to your blog via Cindy’s Grace and Beauty blog comments! I love your styling. You offer doable fashion ideas for real people with real bodies and real budgets! I’m in my early 50’s, so I love your styling, but I love all the ladies’ outfits you show! And I love it that all the models are related!! Fun! I do have some Maxi skirts. They are medium weight jersey, so they work pretty much all year. I do wear thick tights with them in the winter, though. But I can pull them off with pretty sandals in the spring and summer, as well.
    Wondering if you follow any of the skincare and makeup vlogs? Which ones do you like for skin 50+? I like Angie on Hot and Flashy and Marnie on MsGoldGirl, but I always like to hear the opinions of others.
    Keep up the good work.

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Rhonda!! Thank you so much for stopping by and introducing yourself!! I love knowing who is reading my blog and I so appreciate suggestions and comments!
      I’m so glad you like all the outfits, but I have to be honest that they aren’t my favorite —you know, how some outfits really resonate with you and some don’t?
      I’m so interested since you do wear your maxi in the winter—what kind of tops do you pair with it? I’m thinking I’d love to revisit this next winter, as I love to make a clothing item versatile!!
      I haven’t been following makeup vlogs much lately, but I’m definitely going to check out the 2 you like!! In fact, I was thinking of getting a makeup session for mom, Nancy & I for Mother’s Day to see how we could update our looks!

      • mom2h

        HI, Jodie, and thanks for the quick reply. The usual way I wear my black and gray Maxi skirts is to wear a matching long-sleeve or 3/4 sleeve tunic top that is not too long (if it isn’t too cold, which it usually isn’t in Arkansas!) then I add a crocheted vest with fringe that is a contrasting color like tan, cream or gray over that. I like to add long or layered necklaces to the look. For color, I’ll wear a bright or animal print scarf. I will wear my boots with this ensemble in the winter. If I wear a 3/4 length top, it’s all about those watches and bracelets! If I wear the necklaces and bracelets, I keep the earrings simple, like studs or small plain hoops.

        Also, for makeovers, I’d ask around for a good referral. If you go to Ulta or Sephora, they do them there, but a lot of the employees there are young and don’t necessarily understand about 50+ skin and style. Some high end salons will do your complete look, with hair and makeup makeovers. You just need to get some good testimonials from clients who have had makeovers done.

        Can’t wait to get more posts from you!


        • Jodie Filogomo

          So it’s like you do a monochromatic look under your vest? That’s smart….I’m compiling some ideas to restyle our maxi’s for next year. I’ll add this to my list!! Thanks so much for your input–it helps so much!!
          I’ll have to look into the salon idea for our makeup! I asked an image consultant who isn’t a spring chicken, but it was quite costly. I didn’t think about a salon–although I did that for myself a long time ago!! Thanks again!!

  • I love how you belted your tunic, Jodie. The proportions are fun together but it still gives you shape. You all are so creative!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy! I do think a belt helps from looking like a blob, LOL!

  • La Veine

    Who would say that a maxi skit could be that versatile? 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Marta!!
      These definitely aren’t my favorite looks, but I am hoping to experiment with other ways to wear the maxi!!

  • Judy Gramith

    A lighter weight tunic is a lot easier to pair with a long skirt because the bulk factor is not an issue. Your query about whether a monochromatic skirt and tunic is slimming , when you want to wear a bulkier top is valid. It does! All one color=more svelte for sure.
    I think the key piece is the skirt. Nancy and Mireille are wearing a-line or straight skirts and they take a tunic well without the waist bulk. Charlotte’s dirndle waist and your full, circle skirt are much more difficult to slim down.
    Long necklaces are also a great way to create the long lean line and I love Nancy’s and Charlotte’s. Nancy could add a pendant to hers to weight it. Go to Micheals jewelry making area to find a variety of cheap cool pendants!!!
    Jodie, you’re so trim that your tiny waist is rocking this look and the belt adds a nice cinch. Charlotte’s look is spectacular because her skirt and sweater are really gorgeous ( so boho!) and she’s just confidently “owning” it! Nancy and Mireille achieve the longer, sleek line in those a-lines. I love Mireille’s scarf with her look.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Jude—I love hearing how you describe the items and why they do or don’t work. I love putting together outfits, but I don’t tend to analyze them while I’m doing it like that. That would be a great habit to get into.
      Then that idea of a pendant to weigh down Nancy’s necklace is brilliant!!
      Thanks for all of your wonderful support!! It means the world to me!

    • Mireille

      Thanks, Judy! That scarf is very versatile and I wear it quite often. Great analysis of the outfits, makes perfect sense!

  • So fun to see you wearing the skirt! It looks great with your tuxedo shoes : )

    I adore how it looks like metal in the light.

    I’m not a huge fan of a tunic with a maxi skirt. I actually think it makes people look shorter. It makes you waist drop and then your legs appear shorter.

    I think the one where you saved this from happening is your look where you defined your waist. That is my favourite. Or maybe I’m just biased ; P


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh….I’m so glad you vocalized that perspective, Suzanne. These truly aren’t my favorite looks, but after all the work of taking the photos, I also didn’t want to trash them! But it really makes me want to experiment with better ways to style the maxis for winter.
      We are wearing them Friday too—with tucked in tops—maybe that’ll be better. (although Nancy hates her outfit in friday’s post)

  • loveee your skirt so much!

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosie!! It does have a fabulous sheen!!

  • I love tunics. They are so versatile and easy to wear. I love how you paired them with a maxi skirt. And the belt for definition is perfect as well as the long necklace to give it some depth!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ruth!!

  • Your skirt is stunning and I adore your shoes as well. I think it’s really important that the tunic be fitted to show off your figure. All lovely looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you are so right. And therefore you need the right kind of tunic too, because mom’s was too bulky to belt!!
      Thanks for the kind words, Katherine!!

  • While I totally get the annoyance of belting, that waist definition makes your look my favorite.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was pondering it in the car today, and it makes me wonder if you really need some kind of tightness or definition since the maxi tends to be voluminous?
      Happy Wednesday, Lydia!!

  • What an interesting idea! I’ve never thought of pairing these two items together!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And maybe there’s a reason for that, Michelle, LOL!!
      I’m not loving these so much, but then there leaves tons of room for improvement, right?
      Thanks for being kind!!

  • I love it belted! Such a great idea. And your shoes are just too cute!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Interesting! You always find such great themes. I love tunics, but I usually wear them with leggings or my beloved velvet leggings. I do somex wear them with skinny jeans. That skirt you are wearing is so pretty, I love the shine to it. The only thing I am thinking is I am 5’6″ and I don’t know if I want to look any taller! lol! These are all cute looks!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh Carrie—that’s so unfair—-the money I would give to be 4 inches taller, LOL!!
      I do think this idea is interesting, but I’m not sold on the looks! I was commenting to someone else, that I don’t actually take the time to analyze the outfits until they publish (because before that, you know how you have to write, edit & all that stuff). And these just don’t wow me—but then that makes me wonder how I can make them better? So at least it gives me something else to work on for next year!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I love a maxi skirt and have worn one with a sweater tunic. Mine was all in off white, I thought I looked great till someone told me I looked heavy in the outfit. lol And since I haven’t found a maxi that fit me well. I like this look though. Love the black and white shoes, I had a pr almost exactly like them I wore all the time when I worked in an office.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I was wondering if keeping a more monochromatic look would be better for this category, Victoria? How interesting that someone would tell you that you looked heavy in the outfit? I do wonder if a maxi gives that impression, just because you don’t see the individual legs?
      Wait until you read my comment on mom’s outfit on Friday—she tends to comment on herself when we’re taking photos –about her weight—and I’m always admonishing her that she looks lovely—size doesn’t matter!!

  • donnaduck

    Here’s my “two cents” on the post… a tunic with a long skirt? Definitely. I think it elongates the entire outfit. A favorite in my closet is a black/off white printed “twirly” skirt paired with a 3/4 length solid black tunic. I do think it’s better if the tunic isn’t full, as it keeps the silhouette slimmer. It may be just me, but with a long skirt, I wouldn’t wear a tunic made of bulky material. I’d save THAT tunic for my leggings and boots!

    And yes, those Rockies are GORGEOUS!! You cannot get tired of seeing that view, lucky lady!! I have some pretty pictures that I took at Breckenridge- clear, beautiful blue sky and golden Aspen trees… sigh!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, it’s nice to hear you say that this outfit recipe can work.
      Since these aren’t my favorite outfits ever, I’ve been trying to figure out how to try it again for next year? And maybe keeping it more monochromatic would help like your example!! And not bulky. Thank you so, so much for vocalizing this, Donna!!
      We are very lucky with our beautiful state here in Colorado—but shhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone. Then everyone will want to move here! 🙂

  • I never thought to do this! I love Nancy’s outfit! Perfect.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I will admit that I do like trying to be creative.
      I wouldn’t say that these are my favorite outfits ever, but how would I have known, if I hadn’t tried it??
      Thanks so much for the love, Sarah!!

  • It’s so funny, but I think they really do elongate the body! I’m only 5’2, will have to try this!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think I like it belted better. Kinda like most maxi dresses—they have some waist definition!!
      Thanks for stopping by Laura!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I LOVE tunics. I do think with a long skirt, they look best belted. All of you look GORGEOUS!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for saying that Andrea! I’m wondering that because the maxis are so voluminous, that you need some kind of definition to not look like a blob?
      I may have to experiment with this for next year.
      I almost like the bad outfits better because then it’s a challenge to try to make them better!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Sorry Jodie, I still can’t wrap my arms around long over ling

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to agree Bernadette. It’s funny because I don’t really take the time to analyze the outfits until they actually publish. You know how it is—I have to do all the writing and editing and stuff first!!
      But I was trying to think of why it’s NOT an “OMG, I love this look” and I wonder if it’s because the maxis have so much volume in the bottom half, that you need some kind of body definition in the top half.
      On Friday, we’re switching it up by tucking in our shirts—maybe that’ll be better?
      Thanks for saying what you really think—how will I learn otherwise?? 🙂

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    I think I need a belt, like you. Your skirt is fabulous Jodie. Without a belt in maxi with maxi I look like a dwarf.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!
      I know, I feel so blobish without some waist definition. All three of us put on a belt for Friday’s post—we’ll see if it turned out better!! It’s funny how I don’t really analyze them until they post—-before they go live, I have too much writing, editing, and everything else to do!!

  • Those are lovely selections but i love Nancy’s most especially!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Zunera!! She’ll love to hear that!!

  • Stevie Turner

    Maxi skirts! I remember my teenage years and the skirts that used to trail along the ground and develop rising damp if I got caught in a rain storm!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Such memories Stevie!!
      We hardly get rain here, so the bigger issue is the snow! I was wondering how you keep it from getting wet? I’m sure one answer is don’t wear it when there’s snow on the ground!! LOL!

      • Stevie Turner

        When I was 16 I didn’t really worry about that. Hence the rising damp. I had to wear a maxi skirt because all my friends were wearing one too!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          See—that would have been the best reason to wear a mini–LOL!!

          • Stevie Turner

            I think it’s kinder on the general population if my legs stay covered!

          • Jodie Filogomo

            Stevie!! You crack me up!!

  • Mireille

    Nancy’s outfit is totally my style! Your mom sounds just like my mom, maybe that is why my parents moved to Florida: doesn’t get very cold there!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mireille—Nancy will love hearing that from you!
      Even my husband sometimes jokes about moving to Arizona to get away from the snow—but then how will I ever wear all the sweaters I’ve knitted?? LOL!
      Thanks again for being part of this!! I really love having others involved!

  • You know, I actually really like your tunic with the skirt! I could never pull that off, but it looks great on you…you’re slim enough and tall enough to make it work well.

    Nancy’s boots are the deal maker for me with her skirt. It seems to anchor the look and tie it all together.

    And your elegant mom…what CAN’T Charlotte wear?!

    Way to think out of the box, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s really so nice of you to say these kind thoughts. And I’ll forward them off so they can be appreciated by all!!
      I still look at these and think how can I make them better? But that’s the nice thing about style—it’s only clothing, so it’s easy to change around!!

      • Yeah…but it’s neat that you push the boundaries! That’s where style comes from, right? A little bit of risk makes it fun 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s really a good way to look at it Em! Thanks for being so positive!! 🙂

  • I love your picture by that Lake! Beautiful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy—it’s a great walking route that a friend and I use occasionally!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I actually find a shorter top more appealing with maxi skirts… I love your shoes, what a great find. The pop of color in Nancy’s sweater is great and I love the texture of Mom’s sweater.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to agree Tracey. We are showing them tucked in on Friday, so maybe that’ll look better?
      I do have a crop top, so maybe I’ll try that too sometime!

  • Jodie, I love the way you belted your’s it really makes it look amazing! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!