Adored by the prim and proper ladies of the 1940s, but found at the centre of a hemline war in the late 1960s, the midi skirt has been enjoying a fashion revival for the past few years. Emerging as the chic answer to the modern day demure, the contemporary midi skirt has transformed from its 1940s counterpart, which was a simple and somewhat unflattering straight fit. Now you can find midi skirts in an array of shapes and made in a range of fabrics, from tulle layered ballet skirts and pleated soft cotton skirts, to figure hugging pencil skirts and slimming silk maxis. Whether you're heading to the beach or to the office, there is a midi skirt to take you there in style.
Finding the perfect midi skirt
A midi skirt can fall anywhere from the mid calf to just below the knee, and the trick to this trend is to find the perfect spot for you. Choose a full pleated version that finishes mid calf - at the slimmest part of the leg - and team it with a pair of Mary Jane shoes and a soft knit sweater for a ladylike look. If you're looking to show off a slender pair of pins, opt for a form-fitting high waisted pencil midi skirt; this is the perfect pick for shorter frames, particularly when paired with a midriff skimming crop top. For a show-stopping outfit, pick a full midi skirt that sits just above the ankle in a stiff fabric. The key to conquering this look is to keep the rest of the silhouette simple, so wear it with a slim fitted t-shirt to make it really stand out.
Dazzle in a midi skirt whatever the season
The midi skirt is fast becoming a wardrobe staple, thanks to its versatility to keep you in style whatever the season. Embrace this year's retro preppy trend in the spring with a suede a-line mid length skirt teamed with a collared shirt and a tank top, or welcome the summer with a boho inspired chiffon midi and a pair of gladiator sandals. Bright hues are set to prevail in the autumn, so choose a bright wrap below the knee skirt and layer it with a tastefully toned complimentary colour to stay ahead of the fashion crowd. If it's looking cold outside, take some inspiration from this year's punk-rock inspired catwalks. Throw on a pair of tights, a chunky knit jumper, and a leather jacket; a look destined to ensure chiffon mid length skirts shine.