How To Wear: Midi Skirts

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I hope everyone found my last How To Wear post about maxi skirts helpful! Today I am going to teach you how to wear the newest trend in skirt style: Midi skirts! Designers including Rodarte, Celine, Prada and Louis Vuitton featured them on their spring 2012 ready-to-wear catwalks making tea length skirts all the rage for winter and spring. The trend was originally popularized in the early 1970s as fashions transitioned from flower power to seventies sleek. As always, fashion has repeated itself and the midi is the must-have piece for 2012. (Personally, I attribute its revival to the continued success of Mad Men, but that’s just me) What do you think?)

Unfortunately, these trendy skirts are not the easiest things to wear. I’m sure many of you have noticed them, but have been skirting the subject (pun intended… I couldn’t help myself). Wear one that’s too short and you look squat. Wear one that’s too long and you look like a bag lady. Fortunately, I’ve put together a few foolproof tips to help you master the midi:

  1. Consider your height. If you are short, stick to a skirt that hits just above or below the knee. For taller ladies, any length will do so long as it doesn’t go below your ankles (otherwise you will be in maxi territory).
  2. Length is everything! You can totally ruin the midi look if your skirt is just 2 inches too long or too short. Ideally, you want a midi to hit mid shin, where you leg begins to thin out. If a skirt hits at the thicker part of you leg, it will make you look stalky. If need be, get it hemmed to an appropriate length. Trips to the tailor are always worth it!
  3. Perfect pairings. If you wear a bold color midi, temper it with a neutral blouse. As for pleated or fuller options, keep the top simple. I like to wear my midi with a silk button down, a knotted crewneck sweater, or a closer fitting top.

 What do you think about the midi look?

XO Lauren

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