Several seasons ago, before Donna Karan’s departure at DKNY, I remember falling in love with flowing maxi tees during the runway show. Maxi tees appeal to my sensibilities on many levels, like my love of dramatic flowing pieces, layers, and proportion play. When I saw ELOQUII’s Button Down Sleeveless Maxi Top, I knew at a bare minimum I could style it with skinny jeans, but I wanted to continue to push the boundaries.
From a proportion standpoint, this ticks all my boxes. The bottom button stops right at the top of where I naturally wear skirts & jeans, leaving two front slits to provide the illusion of coverage. The two side slits start lower than the front slit, ensuring that even if I do get caught in a stiff breeze, I would never be completely exposed. As much as I love stripes, I can find them challenging on less secure body days, so the maxi tee is the perfect partner for a horizontal striped pencil skirt (similar). I get the flash of contrast from the slits, especially when I move, without the stress of a stray angle.
But of course, I wouldn’t be wearing a button down if I didn’t tie it at the waist. You could also tuck the tails in if your skirt was long enough, but I don’t consider it necessary. This style may not be ideal for those with more pronounced assets 🍑, but I’m relatively flat in the back, so I don’t have an issue with the shirttail.
This would also be so cute under a lighter color sweater this winter. I can’t wait to continue to layer it over and under styles year round!
Get the look: ELOQUII maxi tee | ELOQUII mixed stripes pencil skirt (similar) | Vans perforated leather sneakers | Black pearl stud earrings | Hobby Lobby rose & paisley bandana (not available online) |