28 October, 2011

How to Wear Midi Skirts – From Style Beginners to Fashion Pro’s

28 October, 2011

Hemlines rise and fall through the years and through the seasons, so you can be sure that what you were wearing a few years ago will come back again. This season, the midi skirt is back yet again! This can be a tricky length to wear as it falls somewhere between the knees and the ankles, and can make cankles out of even the most svelte stems. Here are a few tips to help you incorporate this conservative look into your fall wardrobe…


For those who are unsure if they can pull off this trend, then a more fitted option would be the way to go.  Try pairing the midi with a tall platform pump to elongate the silhouette. The shirt should be relatively tailored and fitted to the body. This can be a great sexy look for a night out or a more fashionable take on office wear.  Victoria Beckham is a pro at the simple below the knee look.

Confident you can pull this off? Try a high waist option of the pleated variety and then play with a few prints. A chunky wooden and leather platform penny loafer and a cozy plaid blazer hint of old school sophistication. Try an oversize clutch as a chic replacement for your everyday handbag that can easily take you from day to night, and hold everything you may need in between.

The Pro
For the fashion forward female who has seen it and worn it all, then we need to step it up a notch. A printed skirt can be worn with low oxfords and a little boyish button up shirt, and maybe a denim jacket covered in vintage pins (i.e. time to raid mom’s jewelry box). You can top it off with a hat or maybe an I Love Lucy style headscarf tied with the knot on top of the head. Add a small backpack or a cross body bag for a 90’s revival. Feeling daring? Try adding a white lace ruffled pair of socks for a dose of saccharin sweetness.

My own personal fave is the Marc by Marc Jacobs velvet striped midi skirt. Now that it is October, I have holidays on the brain so I styled it here for a festive party.  The sequin jacket looks like something that I could scour out of my grandmothers closet where she has a mighty supply of formalwear separates. I just wish we were the same size! I mixed prints yet again with the colored snakeskin shoes, which were on almost every major runway for fall.

There you have it. You are now on your way to embracing the conservative yet quirky midi skirt. Just remember, when it doubt, add big heels! 

Here are all the details from the looks!

Amateur: 1 – Essie Has a Brand New Bag Collection, 2 – Equipment Sheer Leopard Print Shirt, 3 – Vintage Wayfarer Glasses, 4 – Fiona Paxton Bib Necklace, 5 – Kenneth Jay Lane Ring, 6 – Vero Moda Pencil Skirt, 7 – Christian Louboutins, 8 – Pucci Bag

Semi-Pro: 1 – Rag & Bone Blazer, 2 – Rebecca Taylor Blouse, 3 – Vintage Chanel Earrings, 4 – H&M Bracelet Set, 5 – Mulberry Clutch, 6 – Whistles Pleated Skirt, 7 – Christian Louboutins

Pro-Level: 1 – Panama Hat, 2 – Madewell Safari Shirt, 3 – Topshop Denim Jacket, 4 – Madewell Rucksack, 5 – H&M Shoes, 6 – Topshop Skirt, 7 – Bangle Stack, 8 – Assorted pins, 9 – Hermes Scarf

Sabrina’s Personal Fave: 1 – Laura Mercier Smoky Eye Palette, 2 – Biba Jacket, 3 – Bond No.9 Candle, 4 – Champagne! 5 – Yves Saint Laurent Cuff, 6 – Marc by Marc Jacobs Skirt, 7 – Fendi Shoes, 8 – Miss Selfridge Clutch.

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