A sheer black chiffon skirt over a halter-top bodysuit on the runway.

How to Style Black Chiffon Maxi Skirts

by Angela Bakke

A black chiffon maxi skirt with its yards and yards of sheer flowing fabric can create a wide variety of looks to suit your moods and occasions. Go from bohemian-chic to sophisticated style in one fell swoop with this floor-length, wispy skirt. Your skirt easily can become a four-seasons staple that transitions from office wear to cocktail attire by simply changing your blouse.

Classic Style

The black chiffon maxi skirt is a spotlight piece in the sheer trend, but you can use it to put together a timeless outfit that has a hint of sex appeal; simply pair it with a crisp white button-down blouse. Start your look with a chiffon skirt that is lined to the mid-thigh and sheer to the ankle with an elastic waist that hits right at your belly button; or if the band is thick, wear a high-waist look about two inches above your natural waistline. Tuck in a short-sleeved, button-down with a wide collar and a deep neckline. Finish this sophisticated look with a pair of classic suede pumps for day or patent leather for evening.

Cold Weather Style

In the cold-weather months, wear your fully lined black chiffon skirt with a dark, chunky cable-knit sweater. Make sure the sweater is fitted enough to show your shape to avoid the outfit looking sloppy, and add a pair of booties or platform pumps to complete the look. Because this outfit offers full-body coverage, it's a good idea to wear your hair up in a top-bun or wispy up-do that exposes your neckline, frames your face and complements the low-key feminine style of this outfit.

Bohemian Style

A sheer chiffon maxi skirt that pleats from the knee to the hem and has lace or eyelet trim around the hips is a perfect piece for putting together a boho-luxe outfit. Add a pair of ankle boots or lace-up boots, a white V-neck tee and layer lots of accessories -- a wide leather belt, long beaded and chain necklaces, chandelier earrings or a wide-brim felt hat. This look makes for a beautiful combination of earthy and chic.

Romantic Style

A double-layered, slightly sheer high-waist ankle-length skirt worn with a lace blouse gives you sweet, romantic style in an instant. For a youthful, trendy style, wear a nude or light-beige long-sleeved lace crop top layered over a cotton black bra top and a pair of feminine high-heels such as a platform sling-back or D'Orsay pumps. For a more mature or conservative romantic style, wear a flowy floral blouse tucked into your maxi skirt and strappy flat sandals.

Edgy Style

A black chiffon skirt can be rockstar edgy just as easily as it can be soft and feminine. Wear a floor-length, straight-cut design -- made without pleats or flare so that it skims the body -- with double side slits, combat boots and a long black tank-top. Layer your top with a black waist-cincher belt for a modern-medieval look.

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema, Hollywood.com, ReelzChannel, CNN.com and Celebs.com.

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