Despite its popularity on the catwalk and with women blessed with gazelle like limbs, the midi skirt remains an option that is avoided by many women. Even with its ladylike appeal, the length of the hem is the one drawback to this otherwise flattering garment. The skirt finishes somewhere between the ankle and the lower calves, an area also known as no-woman’s-land. As a result, it visibly cuts off the legs, a problem for those who are already lacking length in this department. So how do you get around this problem? Heels! The higher the better, there’s no negotiating around this one. A high heeled pump or dainty strapped heel that exposes the top of the foot will give the illusion of length. After all, you need to make the most of what you’ve got!
To balance out the conservativeness of a high waisted midi, a skin-baring crop top makes for a great sassy combo. However, if the thought of exposed skin is too much to bear, opt for a form-fitting top to tuck into the skirt. Cecylia Kee, of cecylia.com, demonstrates this perfectly. Her figure-hugging turtleneck tucked into a belted midi, creates a sleek and sophisticated silhouette. Pairing the midi with a slogan tee or sleeveless top are also fun ways to work this trend, as shown by Natalia Cantell and Jasmin Howell, of friendinfashion.com.au. For those who are lovers of print, Chloe Hill, Fashion Market Editor at InStyle Australia and blogger at bychill.com, works her floral midi with a plain tee to ensure all focus is on the skirt.
Get their look:
d. White Rose Gathered Midi Skirt, £50, topshop.com
e. Pleated Midi Skirt, $399.08, Dsquared2, farfetch.com
f. Fola Striped Silk Midi Skirt, $393.30, Joie, neimanmarcus.com
g. Stripe Ponti Ball Skirt, $299, Nicholas, theiconic.com.au
h. Lace Midi Skirt, $423.80, Milly, saksfifthavenue.com
i. A-Line Midi Skirt, £34.99, Jolie Moi, houseoffraser.co.uk
j. Tropical Scuba Midi Skirt, £48, topshop.com
k. Taffeta Picnic Midi Skirt, £95, topshop.com
Note: Prices correct at time of posting