Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Tee
Quote of the day: “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Emily Skye
We all know what a maxi skirt is about. If you’re in this second half of your life, then you probably already had one or two in your closet long ago. And if you are one of those that think you can’t wear it the second time the trend comes around, I’d like to challenge that thought. I was lucky enough to be able to contribute to Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me website regarding this subject of the maxis. And you may call me crazy, but I can’t think of an item that works more perfectly for any age group.
As for how to style them—they are really like a pair of jeans—-you can wear pretty much anything with them. The three of us all have a knit maxi skirt on in these posts, but, of course, there are many other materials available. I started the series by adding a t-shirt to the mix. I figure every person reading this has one of those in their closets, right? And just for the record, Nancy & Charlotte are wearing the same maxi in these posts—if they look different, it’s only because of the lighting.
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For some reason I have quite a soft spot in my heart for supporting a good cause. I know I didn’t really need another t-shirt but Wendy’s Lookbook was having this campaign to help support her foundation (see the post here). So, as they say, I got the shirt! I figured a white tee is essential every couple of years since my old ones tend to get dingy in areas! This shirt is not available now, and maybe that’s why I wanted it also—I love an item that not everyone else has!
I tucked the shirt into the skirt for this post since the waistband almost acts as a belt. I didn’t show any of us with our t-shirt tied in a knot to the side—that might have been cute?
Skirt: Design History-thrifted (similar here sorta in the same color scheme or here with smaller stripes)~~Tee: Wendy’s Lookbook Foundation (similar here)~~Shoes: Banana Republic (similar here in light blue)~~Necklace: Billpoliseo.com (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I wanted to try to add some variety into this grey maxi skirt that both Nancy & Charlotte are wearing, so I had Nancy slide it around so the slit is in the front. Some of you may feel like the slit is too high to wear it this way (or even too high period), and if that’s the case, you could easily add a couple of stitches across the seams to keep it from opening so much.
This will be the last time you see these shoes on Nancy—they just were not comfortable for her. Thus, I gave them a new home in my closet, so you just might see them on my feet soon!
Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Top: Avatar (similar here with ruching at the waist only, here with an interesting drape and here-expensive but so lovely)~~Shoes: Kelly & Katie (similar here in an espadrille)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since we went with a relatively simplistic outfit for mom, we created some interest with her accessories & shoes. The necklace is a girl holding a shopping bag (very apropos for my mother), the earrings are owls (one of many pairs she owns) and the shoes are quite colorful.
In case you are wondering, mom & Nancy are not the same height at all. Mom is 4 inches taller than Nancy, yet you can see that the skirt is basically the same length for both of them. Nancy ended up rolling the waistband over itself once to make it perfect for her height, and mom left it as it was manufactured.
Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Tee: Croft & Barrow (similar here with a pocket)~~Shoes: (similar here very colorful or here with decorations)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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Check out the maxi skirts below—save or splurge, there is something for everyone! (I have the Loft print in shorts—it’s such a pretty color combination!)