Today I am going to teach you how to wear one of my personal favourite trends in skirt style: Midi skirts! The classy silhouette is a must-have item for the fashionable collegiate, so read on for some amazing ideas for how to style this piece!
The trend was originally popularized in the early 1970s as fashions transitioned from flower power to seventies sleek. As always, fashion has repeated itself and the midi is the must-have piece for 2015. Midi skirt are twirly delights of swirling fabric, that make you think of Audrey Hepburn, Christian Dior and the glamour of the 40s and 50s. So pretty, so feminine. Bonus: you’re less likely to display ‘the goods’ getting out of a car, more fabric = warmer, and they don’t show VPL (Visible Panty Line). Score!!
When wearing a full midi skirt, the best way to rock this look is through balancing proportions and patterns. If you choose to wear a patterned skirt, there will be a lot going on in the bottom half of your outfit, so it’s best to keep your top simpler.
Crop tops and midi skirts are basically made for each other. Again, it’s all about balancing proportions, and the smaller top will contrast with the full skirt bottom beautifully. With a fuller skirt, go ahead and try out a tight crop top! If you want to avoid baring your midriff altogether, pick a crop top that hits right at the waistline of the skirt.
Wear one that’s too short and you look squat. Wear one that’s too long and you look like a bag lady. Fortunately, I’ve put together a few looks to help you master the midi.
- Consider your height. If you are short, stick to a skirt that hits just above or below the knee. For taller ladies, any length will do so long as it doesn’t go below your ankles (otherwise you will be in maxi territory).
- Length is everything! You can totally ruin the midi look if your skirt is just 2 inches too long or too short. Ideally, you want a midi to hit mid shin, where you leg begins to thin out. If a skirt hits at the thicker part of you leg, it will make you look stalky. If need be, get it hemmed to an appropriate length. Trips to the tailor are always worth it!
What’s your favourite midi-skirt outfit? Let me know in the comments below! Keep clicking through the gallery to see more examples. Stay Chic, dolls!
- Perfect pairings. If you wear a bold colour midi, temper it with a neutral blouse. As for pleated or fuller options, keep the top simple. I like to wear my midi with a silk button down, a knotted crewneck sweater, or a closer fitting top.
Pleats can add inches where you really don’t want them, so for once I’m doing a Gok and cinching it all in – a thin plaited belt adds shape and definition at the waist. Finally, because the print on my skirt is so busy I’ve teamed it with a lightweight t-shirt to keep things simple. Et voila – the midi skirt, conquered.