Move aside, maxi skirts and mini hemlines! 2015 is the year of the midi skirt and I am extremely excited to explore different ways to style it. As the name suggests, the midi skirt (also known as the tea skirt) typically falls about midway down your legs, although lengths can vary from right below the knee to just a few inches above your ankle.
To my mind, the midi skirt exudes a certain sexy sophistication that is near impossible to find in other garments. Plus, the length of the skirt is a foolproof way to prevent any unwanted exposure, but also allows you to show a bit of leg. What’s not to love?
I have noticed that the halfway hemline makes many women uncomfortable. I’ve heard qualms like “My legs are not long enough to wear a midi skirt!” and “What if I look stalky?” Throw these fears out the window, ladies! Contrary to what you might believe, women of every shape and height can rock this trend. The trick is to pay heed to your height and pick a skirt accordingly. Ladies who are vertically challenged should stick to skirts that fall right below their knee, whilst those blessed with a taller height are free to wear any midi hemline (lucky girls!). Remember that when it comes to this trend, the length of your skirt is everything. As a rule of thumb, the skirt should fall at the point where your leg thins out. Take a trip to the tailor to get your skirt hemmed, if required. Trust me when I say that it is worth the effort!
Once you have found the perfect skirt for your height, it is time to start thinking of ways to style it. Given the conservative hemline, midi skirts give you the option to show some skin on your upper half. This summer, you will find me pairing my midi skirts with crop tops, which balance out the look perfectly.
If baring your stomach is not your thing, opt for a form-fitting blouse that complements the fuller shape of your skirt. I have said it before and I will say it again: pay attention to proportions! You could belt a blouse at the waist to create a to-die-for hourglass figure, or throw on a tank top for a more laidback look. Whatever your style, remember that the top must be sleek and fitted.
What about shoes, you ask? Again, this depends entirely on your height. Ideally, shorter ladies should pair their midi skirts with heels for some extra height because flats simply detract from the entire look. If you are lucky enough to be blessed with a good height, you can experiment with loafers, patent leather flats and open-toe sandals.
When it comes to accessorizing, be sure to add a statement-making bauble to complete your outfit. As the midi skirt creates a very feminine look, I like to add some edgy jewellery to the ensemble (Dylanlex necklaces, anyone?) to balance things out.
So, there you have it ladies – a quick and easy guide to rocking the midi skirt trend like the diva that you are!