Over the years, certain clothing items have become ‘staples’ or ‘must haves’ in every girl’s closet (wardrobe). These are items that help you stay stylish all year round, such as a denim jacket, black blazer, pair of formal trousers or dress slacks,  little black dress (lbd),  white shirt, white tee (t-shirt), dark-wash jeans (mostly black), casual (or boyfriend) jeans etc.

However, I believe the ‘dressy maxi skirt’ always gets left out. Granted, it may not get as much wear as the aforelisted items, but time and time again, it has been the solution to many wardrobe dilemmas I’ve had over the years and its importance cannot be overstated. It can help you elevate your outfit from basic to stylish, casual to dressy or cocktail to formal.

I decided to give the rainbow colour trend a go, without going over-board last weekend to a family event. I wanted a look that was fun, unexpected and different, yet not under-dressed. Using my ‘dressy maxi skirt’ as the central piece, I chose a bright light blue dress (worn as a top), red heels and my beloved orange bag (yes, it belongs to my mum, but I consider it mine now).

When picking out your ‘dressy maxi skirt’, do keep the following in mind:

  1. Choice of fabric:
    • Go for a plain fabric that can be dressed up or down. Avoid patterns, because they limit the variety of items that you can pair with your skirt.
    • Durability or longevity of the fabric is really important. For instance, in a country like Nigeria, it’s not advisable to go for leather or a leather-like fabric due to our hot weather (even during rainy season).
  2. Colour: I prefer black or any other dark colour like navy, forest green, deep purple etc. because of versatility. Bright colours are beautiful, but might restrict you from pairing options.

  1. Tailor it: fit is very important, so make sure it fits perfectly at all times. In my case, I had mine tailor made, hence I’m always sure it’s my size.
  2. Personality: I added a bit of sass and edginess to mine by keeping the lining mini, and this is made obvious because it is organza (fabric).
  3. Practicality: do you wear heels more or flats more? Make sure your skirt is in a style that accommodates that. In another instance, if like me, you like wearing playsuits and minis as tops, go for a skater skirt to accommodate this preference. A lot of dressy crops and pretty blouses? Go for a high- waisted alternative. Whichever way you go, keep your preference and style in mind.


Sleek edges, brows on fleek and popping lashes, all thanks to @kharis_beauty



“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia Loren


Photography by my dear little sister @dolly_deji

Edits by me @mignolly

Thanks for reading guys 😊

Love, Mignolly



Mini dress (worn as a top): Topshop

Organza Skirt

Sandals: Zara

Bag: Mama Mia (formerly 😊)

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