All at once, I’ve fallen for a new silhouette: the midi skirt. I’ve always been a mini skirt gal – maxi skirts just aren’t really my aesthetic (I own a grand total of one), despite my gushing here. I love the look of a maxi on others, but never feel like I pull it off myself and am generally hesitant to purchase them. Recently though, I’ve been feeling like a change from the ubiquitous mini. Enter, the midi.
The midi has been around for a couple of seasons now, but it’s only in the past few months that the length has trickled into the high street and chain stores. After some careful consideration, I’m all for it.
My initial reservations re the midi were completely rooted in my uncertainty in styling the silhouette – it can so easily be so wrong. But the real appeal of the midi is that it’s actually very forgiving, provided the proportions are right. The right midi will fall to the perfect length – below the calf, lest your legs appear cut off, but a few inches above the ankle, revealing a tease of skin. It’s almost tea length. Alternatively, just below may knee may work better, especially on taller gals.
The reason I’m so drawn to the midi? It’s inherently playful yet classic and elegant. Wear prints, try a flare silhouette, play with sun ray pleats or delicate fabrics and look for sheer panels. Asos have a really diverse range of options for all price points. The modern elegance of this shape really comes into play with architectural cuts – think the assymetrical, layered hem line that seems all pervading (like that Zara skort everyone seems to have).
Play with the midi and make it your own. It’s office appropriate with a crisp white shirt, formal with a fur capelet or fun for a day at the races, champagne breakfast, a wedding or just because.
Or you know, don’t, and stick with the mini.
Any trends you’re keen to try out? x