Embracing The Midi

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Julia Rebaudo

Topshop Midi SkirtThere’s been a bit of grumbling about the new midi length skirts and dresses being touted as one of this season’s trends. Accusations of it being too granny, not one for the teenagers, the scared little sister of the maxi have been doing the rounds and creating a benighted ‘don’t go there’ zone around the length. Personally, I’m in heaven. The ‘midi’, basically anything that isn’t above the knees and isn’t sweeping the ground, breathes new life into a whole variety of skirts and dresses that last year you might have passed over or pushed back to the back of your wardrobe.

What’s great about the midi is:

  1. You get to show of your prettiest summer sandals and your coolest rock chic ankle boots – my shoe of choice for toughing up otherwise over girly pleats or nipped in at the waist summer dresses
  2. You get to choose the exact length – anywhere from below knee, across the calf and towards the ankle – that flatters your leg the best (we all have our sweet spots – in case you’re wondering it’s usually just above where your leg looks it slenderest. For me that’s about an inch below my knee and a couple of inches above my ankle)
  3. You’re not limited to the heels or wedges needed for most maxis
  4. If you’re not of tall stature you don’t run the risk of being overwhelmed by material. As Anna dello Russo says, fashion takes “Practice, practice, practice.” And a few home trying-on sessions. Give it a go. A little bit of courage can go a long way.

Midi styling tips: Make sure what you’re wearing on top is either figure hugging or tucked in at the waist. Accentuate your waist with a brightly-coloured skinny belt resting on the skirt’s waistband – it’s fine for the waistband to rise above the belt, just be clever in choosing a complementary or eye-pleasing contrasting colour.

This black pleated Topshop midi skirt (above) is the perfect building block for a chic summer look. Paired with a simple white tank and flats you can go wild with some statement jewellery and a brightly coloured belt.

Miss Selfridge Midi Dress

The mesh yoke on this Miss Selfridge camel dress is so Alexa Chung at Coachella. As the camel colour and style is erring on the granny chic side, stir things up with some bright red sandals or over the top clashing jewellery.

Jonathan Saunders Midi Skirt

For some flawless designer action, this Jonathan Saunders light blue twill skirt would work perfectly with nude or light brown sandals – dress up with heels, down with flats – and a spaghetti strap light coloured top.

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