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Midi skirt: a flattering shape for every body

Midi skirts: the silhouette that flatters every body

A midi skirt is one of my favorite pieces for fall – or really, for any season – and is an absolute staple of my personal style. It’s a totally glamorous piece that can get a ton of wear — because who doesn’t love the idea of swishing about in Christian Dior-New Look-esque skirts? This look is so crazy versatile, and can be easily dressy, modern, quirky, etc. It’s all in how you style it.

I’ve noticed midi skirts popping up here and there in shops but my current favorites are from Asos.  Remember this funky little gingham version I wore for family photos? I also picked up this ponte knit one below a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I get more compliments on it than maybe anything I own – plus with the ponte, it’s as easy as a tshirt dress.

MIDI

HOW TO WORK A MIDI SKIRT

1. Look for high contrast
Consider your materials. Is your midi skirt silk? Pair it with a chunky cableknit sweater. Is it a more casual ponte material? Try pairing it with a chambray button-down.

2. Accessorize
Kitten heels, chunky pumps, flats, sandals – anything goes. Although personally, with the  length that’s mid-calf, I like a heel of some kind to give me more height and add to the dramatic look.  There’s a high frump potential with this look – you *can* wear flats with it, but the best bet will be something with a heel.

3. Pair it with something fitted
You’re working a more tailored look here, so make sure that your top is fitted to a T.  With a big, voluminous bottom half, your top needs to be slim and streamlined. This is not the time to try out a blousy peasant top.

4. You’re not in Costume
To keep this look from looking straight-up Donna Reed, you’ve got to modernize it. Look for unusual materials (leather, anyone?) or try an unexpected shoe with it.

How ’bout you? Are you into the midi skirt trend?

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  • kate mccurrach

    Midi skirts are my all time favourite! My body is all leg (thanks mom!) so it is wonderfully refreshing to find a skirt that isn’t extra short on me. I love pairing a midi with a short sleeve blouse and attempt to be as effortlessly cute as Audrey in Roman Holiday!

  • Jessica Bishop

    I love this look on others, but wonder if a shorty like me (I’m 5’3″) could pull it off. I’m also a bit short waisted so I wonder if it would just accentuate my shortness. Thoughts?

    • Good question – I think the key is proportion here. I wouldn’t get anything too long on your frame. Look for ones that are right below the knee, and definitely wear them with heels. I’d also keep your top super streamlined and fitted.

      • Jessica Bishop

        Great advice! Thanks, friend! 🙂 Now to find the perfect skirt…

        • Several of the ASOS ones might be a little bit long on you – but they do have a petite section that has quite a good selection.

  • Elizabeth

    You look great in that skirt! Love the color combo with navy stripes and yellow. I’ve wanted to try this trend for some time, but I’m on that petite line. I’ll take your advice your gave Jessica about going for something just around the knee.

    Btw, where did you get your shirt?