The Maxi Shirt

If you’re confused by this season’s maxi shirt trend—you know, the knee-length tops you’ve been seeing everywhere—you’re not alone. The idea is interesting, but it’s difficult to envision and execute.

Here are a few styling rules I stick to:

  1. Substantial Slits: Layer maxi shirts over jeans (skinny, flare, whatever) only if the side slits are substantial and come up to the waist of your jeans. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed by your look, and it will be airier and more flattering.
  2. Unbuttoning: Fully unbuttoning, when possible, makes styling this silhouette easier. When unbuttoned, maxi shirts became a true layering piece you can mindlessly throw on. Layer unbuttoned maxi shirts over a tank with a faux fur vest on top, under an anorak jacket, etc. almost how you’d wear a flannel.
  3. Layered Over Leggings: Leggings make it easier to wear maxi shirts that don’t have buttons or that you want to wear fully buttoned up. Since leggings are sleeker and less bulky, they balance out the sometimes heavy maxi shirt look.

For today’s post, I stuck with rule #3 and paired an ASOS maxi shirt with my favorite American Apparel matte lamé leggings. The insane lucite Jeffrey Campbell ankle boots—spotlighted previously here—inspired my look.

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

How to Wear a Maxi Shirt ASOS Fall 2015

ASOS petite maxi shirt, American Apparel matte lamé leggings (make sure you choose the matte ones!), Jeffrey Campbell ‘Truly’ lucite ankle boots, FE ‘Yoko’ sunnies (on sale!) and Urban Expressions crossbody bag.

Wearing one of my favorite lip colors for fall: Lime Crime’s Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Cashmere.


H&M Camel Wrap Coat Women's Fall 2015

There are few things more classic than a camel wrap coat, and I instantly took note of this one at H&M over the weekend.

The $99 price point is fantastic, and even better, this piece is part of H&M’s ‘conscious’ initiative (in this case, the wool from this wool-blend coat is recycled). From the wide shawl lapel to the slightly flared shape that flatters and accentuates the waist, this item screams fall staple.

Keep your look monochromatic underneath—a black tee with black jeans, a charcoal mid-length knit dress, etc.—for a streamlined, minimalistic feel.

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I’m crazy about this tartan sweater for fall. Not only do I love the neutral palette, but the tunic length makes it perfect to pair with leggings.

I also like the simplicity of the ribbed mock collar—it’s not a chunky, feels-like-it’s-choking-you turtleneck. The airy side slits are another great feature.

Versatility is what makes this piece special. Wear it with liquid leggings, with the front haphazardly tucked into high-waisted skinnies or flares, or layered over a miniskirt with a cocoon coat. There’s so much room to play with this cozy design, and it can fit both casual and dressy scenarios based on styling.

Because of the Céline-esque structure and architectural straps, I’ve had my eye on the Halogen leather tote bottom right. It’s now 50% off!, so I had to feature it (happy dance).

As always, just click on each item directly to shop it. Happy Friday, loves!

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