If you grew up in the ’70s, you probably owned a peasant skirt. These long, tiered, flouncy skirts seem to resurface every summer, and there’s always a handful of 40 +women who love to embrace this gypsy look. The problem? Peasant skirts can often make a mature woman look frumpy. Here’s how to style a peasant skirt so you don’t look dated.
1. Don’t Hide Behind a Peasant Skirt
Some women think that, like sweatshirts and mumus, peasant skirts are a great way to hide a big stomach or an overweight bottom half. After all, these skirts are oversized, loose, and comfortable. But in reality, peasant skirts don’t hide pounds. All those tiers and flounces add extra weight exactly where you don’t want it around your waist and hips. They are not the best choice if you have a large stomach or heavy bottom half.
2. Get the Right Length
Peasant skirts can also be unflattering when they end at the broadest part of your leg, right at mid-calf. You can look short and dumpy in such a long loose skirt that cuts you off in the middle of your lower leg. Wear your dress just below the knee or touch above or at the ankle. High-low peasant skirts shorter at the front and longer at the back are a modern and youthful way to wear a peasant skirt.
2. Go with the Boho Vibe
A peasant skirt has a carefree boho quality and looks great with tops, shoes, bags, and accessories that are soft, casual, laid back, and natural-looking to go with your skirt. Avoid anything stiff, tailored, or boxy with your peasant skirt, like a blazer.
3. Proportion is Key
This is a biggie. The rule is when you wear something full on the bottom, you need to wear something more fitted up top. A wide, flowy peasant skirt suits a tank, a wrap top, or a fitted tee, not something big, loose, and blousy or that has too much frill. When you wear loose and wide on top and wide on the bottom, you look heavy and wide. If you want a soft peasant blouse with your skirt, tuck it in and belt it.
Cropped tops are popular to wear with tiered maxi skirts. Create a cropped look by knotting a t-shirt, or wear a classic button-up shirt tied a the waist, with the sleeves rolled up and your collar popped,
As for necklines, a scoop neck, off-the-shoulder, or V-neckline is much more flattering than a crew neck. It opens up your chest and reveals more skin, making you look longer and leaner in a peasant skirt.
4. Don’t Wear your Skirt too Low
Have you ever seen a low-slung peasant skirt on a woman with a large stomach? It looks sloppy since it emphasizes her gut and makes her look heavy and frumpy. Avoid this look!
5. Try a Hi-Low Peasant Skirt
Peasant skirts have evolved since the ’70s, and many new styles make them look more current and hip. For example, if you don’t like all those tiers, try a wrap-style peasant skirt, a peasant skirt with a single ruffle at the bottom, or a high-low hem peasant skirt.
Different prints can make peasant skirts more modern, like this tiered peasant skirt with stripes instead of a traditional floral pattern.
6. Wear Cute Shoes
Peasant skirts draw the eye down, so wearing adorable shoes with your dress is essential. You can wear pretty flat sandals or slides, a block heel sandal, or even a finer-heeled sandal). Even a pair of ankle booties can look cute with a maxi dress. Shoes to stay away from – ugly, chunky heavy, practical walking sandals – a shabby look!
7. Knot your Shirt at the Waist
Wear a shirt over a slim fitting tee and then tie the shirt at the waist to create shape and definition.
8. Try Adding a Jacket
You can also experiment with a cute denim jacket, a casual, soft 3/4 length sleeve jacket, or a jacket with pushed-up sleeves to make it chicer. Even a button-up shirt is worn open over a tank top, and a peasant skirt is a nice look. A button-up cardigan is worn with a peasant skirt that looks dowdy.
Peasant skirts look best worn on a sun holiday in Mexico, the Caribbean or for a cruise when walking barefoot by the ocean or dancing by the pool. They can look dated and frumpy if you wear them while walking around a big city or shopping. Save your peasant skirt for a casual summer get-together or your beach holiday.
Do you have ideas for how to wear a peasant skirt? Let me know.