Come summer, maxi skirts are perfect on a hot day that requires something lightweight but not overly revealing. When paired with a flat sandal, the ankle-grazing hemline takes on a casual and bohemian feel, ideal for a day near the shore. But the piece can also be urban and sophisticated — as demonstrated, above, on Hanne Gaby at Australian Fashion Week. She pairs a patchwork-printed version from Sacai with a chunky gold platform wedge and finishes it off with a boxy silk tee. A substantial heel works better than a delicate stiletto for this outfit — it won't snag on the hem, and it also offsets the volume that comes with wearing a long skirt. Choose a nighttime-friendly metallic to dress up the look and skip the plain cotton tee for a lightweight fabric like silk or chiffon in a tailored shape to keep the overall silhouette clean.
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