Mid-length skirts can be tricky. They’re givers of cankles and stumpy legs, they can shorten you by three inches in an instant and they have more than a whiff of grandmother about them. Pleated midi skirts are no better either – hello, wide hips! Apparently, though, we’re gluttons for punishment, because midi skirts are everywhere this summer. So before you resign yourself to three months of OAP style, have a read of this…
This skirt is one of the pieces I picked up on my vintage shopping spree in Paris. In its former life I think it was a full length skirt worn at the hips, but I yanked it up to waist level so it sits mid-calf. Calves (along with thighs) are the widest part of the leg, so a hem that cuts off right there is bound to be a little unflattering… unless you crank up the height. Heels are your friend here – flats just won’t cut it, so get out the Party Feet and stock up on corn plasters.
Pleats can add inches where you really don’t want them, so for once I’m doing a Gok and cinching it all in – a thin plaited belt adds shape and definition at the waist. Finally, because the print on my skirt is so busy I’ve teamed it with a lightweight t-shirt to keep things simple. Et voila – the midi skirt, conquered.
Are you wearing mid-length skirts this summer? What are your tips for successful styling?