The Midi Skirt Length is EVERYWHERE This Season
Back in our grandmother’s day, there was yearly fodder about the skirt length of the season. Miniskirt, knee-length, tea-length or midi skirt, floor-length. Hemlines went up and down year to year. In fact, there’s even an economic “theory” from the 1930s called the “The Skirt Length Index”. It basically correlates highs and lows in the stock market to the hemlines that were in style at the time.
In recent years skirt lengths have been more varied. Perhaps even more personalized. There wasn’t one style or length that was totally in or totally out. It depended more on how it looked on the wearer and the appropriateness for where it was being worn. This year, however, the midi length for both skirts and dresses has been gaining a huge following.
Kind of like the name suggests a midi skirt is a length that falls in between a mini skirt (short) and a maxi skirt (long). Falling midway down your calf between your knee and ankle.
What body shape does the midi skirt look good on?
Happily, this style flatters every body shape, size, style and age making it universally flattering. Why? Because the midi skirt visually makes your waist appear slimmer and hugs the curves on your lower half in a good way.
For us ladies of a certain age, this style gets bonus points because it hides pasty white legs, varicose veins, and droopy knees too.
Even though it looks good on everyone, making an outfit that flatters with a midi skirt can be a challenge. Finding the right top or shoe to pair can be hard. It can look frumpy or little girly if you’re not careful. Here are some helpful rules to assist in making it work.
How to Style a Midi Skirt
1. Pay Attention to Proportion.
The waist is the most important element when wearing a midi skirt. So your top needs to be cropped, tucked in or tied so you can see your waist. If not, frump city.
2. Choose Your Shoe.
Because of where the midi skirt hits on the leg this length looks best with a bit of a heel and/or some ankle definition. Yes, it can totally look adorable with a sneaker too but you need to make sue ankle is showing to make it work. I’m obsessed with how these white booties go with all of these skirts and dresses. They’re beyond comfortable and they come in other colors too.
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3. What To Pair on Top
Since so many midi skirts are made of a silky fabric, it can be difficult to find the right top to match but not look too matchy. Pairing a silk midi with a knit such as a t-shirt, sweater or even a sweatshirt works well. If the skirt has a matching silk top, making it a set, that is perfect. Otherwise, opt for a silk top that has some texture to it.
4. DO NOT Go for a Theme.
Often a midi skirt can depict an era. So if you wear a midi skirt with another element from that time period it’ll look like you’re wearing a costume, not an outfit. See what I mean… midi skirt + a mary jane shoe = 1920’s. midi skirt + peasant blouse = 1940’s. midi skirt + saddle shoe = 1950’s.
Different Ways I Style My Midi Skirts and Dresses
This dress has built-in waist definition – I was not sure about it off (no hanger appeal)But on, I really like it!
The snakeskin print on this skirt is very on-trend. It’s an elastic waist so it’s very comfortable.
A midi skirt silk set is like getting two for one. You can wear it all together for a dress like look, or break it apart and wear separately too.
A faux wrap midi dress gives me peace of mind. No worries about the wardrobe malfunctions that happen with other wrap dresses.
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