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Ways to wear a midi skirt
June 8, 2015, 2:14 pm

The "midi" is a three quarter length skirt, falling halfway between your knee and ankle. It can take a variety of shapes - pencil, A-line, or circular, etc. The key point is the length. Thanks to its recent upgrades, the playing on shapes and colours, the midi has become the go-to for trendy girls. Here are some ways to style a midi skirt right.

Cinch your waist: Take your cue from celebrities who have led the midi resurgence. Choose a calf-grazing circular skirt in bright colour and nip the waist with a dark belt, keeping the focus on the slimmest part of your body. You can team printed numbers with a gold belt, which can then be matched with your shoes like gold wedges or heels.

The all-important factor here is a little something to distract the eye. Whether it is using black to anchor a multi-coloured pattern or touching on certain tones with accessories, visual relief should offset a busy print. Remember, print midi skirts mean more fabric, which means more surface area to look at. 

High/low is the way to go: If you don't want to look like an extra from an old movie or you don't want to look about five years old, then you need to get this high/low thing nailed. That is official fashion speak for pairing a sleek midi skirt with a relaxed top, but it is also about the contrast between polished and rough-and-ready. So pair your lovely new midi with a favourite T-shirt, a worn-in leather biker or a laidback sweatshirt.

Go for an A-line: The top choice for a mode look is a wrap midi skirt with a small slit. An A-line cut is universally flattering and one with a particular centre slit intersects the full coverage with a dose of sexiness. With the slit, you can go with a voluminous top or jacket – and it offers a peek-a-boo glimpse at knee-high boots, all the fashionable aspects of modern wear.

An A-line midi skirt is also at its chicest when styled back with a shirt. Veer away from any traces of an unimaginative look with modern prints and unexpected accessories. Think a mix of sweet and sour.

Observe the power of panels and pleats Midis are often charged with being unflattering, but that is as much to do with the fabric and the shape of the skirt, rather than its length. For a more figure-flattering midi, look for midis with pleats that offer a less stiff, unforgiving shape. Transparent panels also worked to break up the look (read: slim and streamline).

Pencil in: If flare-from-the-hip makes you feel queasy, there's an alternative: the pencil. This looks great with a bomber, or a casual knit. For the girl around town, pair a pretty laser cut pencil skirt with relaxed cardigans. Remember, it is about looking as though you haven't tried even though you have.

Walk the line: Heels are an instant way to un-frump a midi, or you can be modern by going for a block heel sandal if spikes are not your thing. Shoes with minimal detail on the front will ensure your legs look longer. Also, the best way to create a long leg line is to wear flesh colored shoes. Whether they are sandals, pumps, wedges, or flats, this creates a longer line of your leg. So when wearing a midi skirt and you want the extra leg length illusion, go for a nude colored shoe.

Cross your bag and hope to die: The right accessories will nail the look but you should avoid crossover bags at all costs, they are massively unflattering when it comes to midis – something about the way they cut across the body. You want a proper handbag, or better still, a new-wave clutch: it is a bunched-up, grab and go clutch that's more everyday than its princessy counterpart.

Fifty Shades:   A single colour from head to heels can work wonders for a midi skirt. You will need to rely on texture and small accents (black belt, handbag and sunglasses) to balance out the solid colour. If you do go for a one-colour-fits-all, opt for a neutral colour such as black, white, grey and brown work best.


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