First thing's first- maxi skirts are tricky to pull off for short people like myself (I'm 5'1). To prevent looking like FrumpMaster Flex, it’s important to follow a few rules:
First- pair a slim fitting top or tank with your skirt to create curves. I’d also suggest trying to find a maxi skirt that’s a bit more fitted.
Second- for some extra height, wear pumps, wedges (espadrilles are so on trend) or high heeled sandals.
And third- short statures can't handle too much fluff - opt for solids and work strategically with prints. Darker palettes and colors such as black, chocolate brown, deep blues and greens make you look slim and tall. Prints need to be proportioned to your body frame - so avoid humongous patterns and opt for medium prints.