Fashion Trends: the Midi skirt makes a comeback

midi skirts

Clockwise from top left: Chloe pleated silk-mousseline midi skirt, £1,455; ASOS midi pleated knitted skirt, £40, and ASOS pleated midi skirt, £35, asos.com; Marc by Marc Jacobs Mimi silk-crepe midi skirt, £475; Mid-length Accordian-Pleat skirt, £42, americanapparel.co.uk; Whistles coral Carrie pleated skirt, £95, Whistles.co.uk; Florence Midi skirt by Annie Greenabelle, £52, Topshop.com; Love Label pleat midi skirt, £32, very.co.uk; Apiece Apart Tea pleat skirt, $390, lagarconne.com

For a couple of years now fashion has been all about the maxi dress. Floor-sweeping, dramatic, romantic – this is a great look for floating around on a hot summer’s day, but not so practical when it comes to the office. When the maxi’s alter-ego, the mini, is equally office-inapproprate we’re left in something of a quandary when it comes to smartening up…

Enter the midi skirt. falling between the knees and the ankles, insuring us against flashing when our knee-length pencil skirt oh-so-inevitably ruches up as we sit down!

The midi certainly injects a fresh silhouette into this spring’s skirt-lengths, but it can be tricky to get right. The trend seems to have particularly embraced pleats, which certainly add a sense of structure and movement to an otherwise stiff shape, and the trick seems to be in the waist-line – skirts worn on the waist, with tucked-in or cropped tops for balance. Oh, and for those of us without a model’s calves or height, heels are a must!

But what do you think? Is the midi skirt an elegant look, or too frumpy to carry off?

12 Comments

  • March 31, 2011

    Caz

    I think they look amazing! But not for little old me with my tiny stumpy legs!

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  • March 31, 2011

    Amber

    I love midi skirts or dresses. I need to wear them with heels for them to work for me, but I’ve been so sick of trying on dresses/skirts for the past few years, only to find that they only just skim my knickers and no more (And I’m only 5″4), that I can only welcome the return of the midi: long may it last!

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  • March 31, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    I like them…although it does depend on the style/fabric etc…and also, I don’t think they suit everyone. They can end up looking frumpy :/ But generally, I like the comeback 🙂

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  • March 31, 2011

    Stef

    I like them but they need to be in better colours than all the ‘Granny Beige’ as I see it. The colour is just too dowdy for women in their teens, twenties and thirties.

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  • March 31, 2011

    Heather

    I live in these things anyway, so am thrilled they are actually back in style. 🙂 (I have 3 children and love skirts. I wore short skirts due to my short legs until I realized that short skirts and small children do not go well. Meanwhile I am short and maxi’s are about 2 inches too long.) And on my petite frame the typical knee/slightly above knee skirts hit the calf so most non-mini’s end up being about this length on me. They can look very frumpy (especially if you go longer or if they hit right at the widest part of the calf) but otherwise I like them.

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  • March 31, 2011

    Steph

    I really like them. They can be frumpy or unflattering but I think if you pick the right styles and colours, they can look great.

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  • March 31, 2011

    Siel

    I love them! I think they are the most comfortable length: you don’t have to be afraid of reveiling too much, and you can’t accidently step on them (like I did with a maxi dress once).

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  • March 31, 2011

    Kerry

    I love the look, I may be short but they look stunning with a pair of heels.

    Thicker ones like the vintage circle skirt I have look lovely with a loose white shirt, or if you’re going for the pleated version (got 2 on my watchlist right now!) as long as you keep the top fitted it should look fab, not frumpy!

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  • March 31, 2011

    Molly

    I am happy about the midi skirt (because seriously, the shortening hemline trend was getting just a little too risqué) but I think you have to wear these carefully. I think I’ll stay just under the knee and not much longer. Heels obviously help. And I’ll try to keep the look youthful with bright colours and prints.

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  • April 1, 2011

    andrew

    these would not last a week at the college I go to

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  • April 1, 2011

    Olga

    They’re tricky to pull off, because they tend to hit where your calf is thickest, which makes your legs look stumpy. I have long legs, but I still have to wear heels with them to make them look good.
    But I think they’re really charming.

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