I’ve learned that fashion tends to come in waves. What might be considered ‘hot’ now was more than likely considered to be a bit dull or…heaven forbid… horrendous, ten years ago. For me, this is what I think of when I see a midi skirt.
They’re almost unavoidable now. Every single high street store in Dublin city has some form of this skirt, whether it’s plain/ patterned, silky/ stiff, bodycon/ ballerina/ pencil or fit-and-flare style. Odds are, if you have a specific style in mind, you will find it out there. They’re also quite reasonably priced for the most part. So it shouldn’t have come as much of shock to me when I realised I had bought two within the space of a couple months. I got them from the same store and both have the same jersey type material that is so comfortable and easy to wear. I thought they would look good in the wardrobe and I’d be able to pair them with a nice top for a special occasion or something.
But actually, I am surprised at myself. Maybe it’s a sign I’m getting older because the 20-year-old me would never in a million years have been caught dead in something like this. A high-waisted skirt… that also goes down past the knees?! Are you serious?! Sure only Grannies would wear something like that. But boy, was I so very wrong.
Midi skirts have been a thing for a while now, but it’s only when I saw Anne Hathaway rocking one at the Miami Walk of Fame inauguration in 2014 that I actually began to pay attention to them. There’s something so chic and elegant about them, you simply can’t go wrong.
Doesn’t she look amazing? Anne teamed a white embellished sleeveless top from the Osman spring 2014 collection with a box-pleated blue midi skirt, topped off with a pair of edgy white-and-tan pumps by Gianvito Rossi. I remember looking at her at the time thinking “okay, maybe these are a thing.”
And so began my midi skirt journey. I personally like this style because it’s flattering for the majority of body types. If you’re a shortie like me, the cut of this skirt will give you the illusion of added height. It hits right below the knee so this makes your legs appear longer and more slender. Who wouldn’t want that, right? It’s also great for hiding any undesirable lumps or bumps (so keep eating those donuts girl, it’s all good)!
When I wear these, I just stick to a certain formula which has worked pretty well so far. What you want to aim for is a mix of flowy and structured separates. Crop tops make the skirt more modern and less ‘wedding wear.’ If you opt for a fitted outfit head-to-toe, you just end up with a skimpy look. Whereas going loose all over creates a more boxy silhouette that’s not as flattering as it could be. But if you get the balance right, it can be so classy and ladylike, which is why I’m giving these two skirts a big thumbs up.
To finish off this look, reach for the heels- whether they’re platforms, ankle straps or wedge sandals, they will give you that oomph! you need to feel amazing.
So what do you think of midi skirts? Feel free to leave questions/ comments below!