That sounded pretty good to me, but I didn't feel that my striped maxi was office appropriate. I began to search for my perfect maxi skirt.
I wanted it to be black, in a non-clingy, opaque fabric, that was full enough on the bottom to balance out my wide hips (no ice cream cone syndrome please!), and long enough that I could wear it with my usual three inch heels.
I went to three stores and tried on no fewer than 15 skirts before I finally decided on this one by Max Studio. The MSRP is $78, the TJ Maxx price is $25. I had to settle for navy, since I couldn't find the black one in a medium and I was convinced that the small would be too tight. After wearing the medium for a day, I think the small probably would have been okay.
The other surprising challenge was finding a skirt that was long enough. Being 5'2" I'm typically swimming in everything, but most of the skirts would have been short enough for me to wear flats in.
Which brings up the question that's been bothering me - where should the hem of a maxi dress hit? Should you see your feet or should it skim the floor?