Wear a midi skirt and look awesome? In the words of Barney Stinson, “challenge accepted!”
In case you’re a total beginner (no judgement…OK, maybe a little), a midi skirt is a skirt with a hem that ends below the knee but above the ankle. They’re awesome because you never have to worry about flashing your Britney when you’re getting out of the car, but they look much more professional than a maxi skirt. On the other hand, they can be awkward because more fabric equals more potential for frump. And frump is not your friend, ladies.
So Step #1 is figuring out the best shape and length for your hot bod, whatever type of hot that may be. I’m partial to A-line midis because I’m pear-shaped, but there are plenty of body-con options out there too. And because I’m on the shorter side (5’3″), I prefer a shorter midi – right below the knee. That’s not to say that petite girls can’t wear longer midis; they’re just a little bold for my every-day life. But for long midi inspiration, check out Cathy’s outfit. Oh, and in case you think midi skirts are just for skinny bitches, allow Georgette to drop some plus-sized knowledge on you.
OK, back to me and my genius styling tips. To ward off the frump factor, I think the best way to go is to highlight your waist as much as possible so you keep your shape. There are a few ways to accomplish that: wear a top that fits close to your body, tuck your top into the skirt (assuming the skirt sits at your waist), or knot a button-up shirt at the waist. Below are examples of each…
Alternatively, you can add more height with some killer heels. Basically, if it looks like there’s more of you shooting out the bottom of your skirt, you’ll look taller overall and less overwhelmed by the extra length of your midi. For bonus points, wear nude-colored heels in warm weather, or match your shoes and tights in cold weather.
Here’s another trick for elongating your body in a midi: wear the same color or print from collar to hem with a midi dress! You can always find a TON of options in stock at Asos.
But if you don’t want to buy a new dress, you can still fake it by wearing a top that matches your skirt. Look at that. Insta-dress.
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that rules are meant to be broken. The best way to pull off any look is good ol’ confidence.
There you have it. That’s everything I know about midi skirts. If you enjoyed this little lesson, be sure to check out my ever-popular “How to Wear Ankle Boots” post!