Meet the Midaxi: the new hem length in town

Today, readers, we add a new word to the Fashion Police glossary: meet the “midaxi” skirt!

Red midaxi skirt from ASOSA new word it may be, but this isn’t exactly a new idea: skirts this length would’ve been pretty commonplace during the early part of the 20th century (and at various times since), and as the name suggests, this is a hem length which falls somewhere between a midi and a maxi. Hence “midaxi”. Clever, huh?

We think we can probably predict what you’re going to have to say about this. ASOS, bless them, have done their best to make the midaxi look appealing, by making it inย a bright red colour, and giving the model some skyscraper heels and a dinky little clutch bag:

bright red midaxi skirtEven so, this is a REALLY difficult length to wear without looking frumpy. Like it’s younger sister, the midi skirt, this skirt is going to have magic “stumpifying” properties for some of us, drawing a line right across the widest part of the calf, and if you hated the midi, you’ll probably hate the midaxi, too. Lacking the drama of the maxi skirt or the elegance of the midi, it can just hang there, all sad and droopy, just begging to have a large swathe of material chopped off the bottom.

It’s a lot more matronly and old-fashioned (as opposed to charmingly retro) than most shoppers are used to at the moment, so we’re wondering what you’re going to make of it. Will you rush to embrace the midaxi, pleased to have an alternative to the various other options available in the world of hemlines? Or do you think this one is best avoided?

10 Comments

  • November 22, 2011

    Arielle

    I would avoid it, personally. I agree with your assessment. It also seems to create a clunky visual affect in which the ankles seem too slender for the feet.

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  • November 22, 2011

    b.

    With her posture and the length of the skirt, this model looks to me like a little girl dressed in her mother’s clothes.

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  • November 23, 2011

    Lulu

    The model seems to have very thin legs without real calves, so I think just about ANY length of skirt would work for her. For most of us, this particular length makes no sense.
    And by the way, the exposed zipper is annoying.

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  • November 23, 2011

    Rachel Gray

    The exposed zipper IS annoying! But I love the skirt otherwise and I’d wear it to my university classes. At my age (46), the skirt length is appropriate and could even add to the “intimidation of young students” look. heh heh

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  • November 23, 2011

    jules

    I actully see a lot of my classmates wearing skirts like this. It seems to be the trend around here right now.

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  • November 23, 2011

    Grace

    That skirt is bloody terrible. It has no sex appeal and does nothing for the models shape. It makes her look like she has no bum, and out of shame is attempting to hide behind dowdy second-hand clothes.And if that’s how it looks on the model, imagine how it would look on the rest of us!

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  • November 23, 2011

    Mary

    I think that midi and “midaxi” skirts could work if they were a whole lot fuller. I’ve never found pencil skirts to be very flattering on the calves, and a wide hemline can make them look really slim and pretty. I think, anyway.

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  • November 24, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    I really like this length. I have a job that involves a lot of standing, walking, crouching etc. which means wearing anything other than flat shoes or boots is not a good idea. And unless I’m wearing boots I can’t look at myself in the mirror wearing flat shoes and a knee length skirt without getting the theme tune from ‘The Bill’ going round my head.

    Oh, and I’m approximately in the same age group as Rachel (above) but am definitely not trying to intimidate the young students! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • November 25, 2011

    JkB

    ??Did anyone else notice the write-up for this hideous silhouette is written in “Engrish”?
    Or else the ad has been chopped off at the side ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • November 25, 2011

    Olga

    I’ve loved this length for a while now and have several pieces in it… And I’m 10 years below the above-mentioned age bracket. I like the length because it emphasizes the ankle but not the calf, and because it’s not as dramatic as a proper maxi. If it’s becoming fashionable, I can buy one or two… Nice!

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