As the summer seems to have fallen flat on it’s face with yet another false start, a new fashion trend is one the rise. The midi-length, with a hemline which falls below the knee, and had previously been written off as dowdy, is on course to be the surprise fashion hit of the summer.
Thanks to an unlikely trio of factors, including the blustery weather this spring has seen, Victoria Beckham’s much photographed personal style and an array of stars pictured at the Coachella festival in California, the midiskirt is being hailed as the skirt of the season.
The shape has even scored a red carpet appearance, fashion commentators praised Carey Mulligan’s appearance at the Met Ball in New York wearing a midi-length dress by Balenciaga at fashion’s most high profile event.
A big part of the midi’s success lies in its appeal across the fashion generations. Women in their 20s who are tuned into the celebrity style of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Keira Knightley are wearing the hemline, as are fortysomething women who are looking for a more grown-up look for the coming summer months.
Designers such as Rodarte, Celine, Louis Vuitton and Prada featured them on their catwalks, making midi-lengths all the rage for this season. The trend was originally popular in the early 1970s as fashion made the transition from flower power to seventies sleek. As always, fashion has repeated itself and so the midi has become the must have piece for summer 2013.
Unfortunately, this trend is not the easiest to wear. You will probably have noticed that the shops are full of them, but have been skirting the subject (sorry…) So hear are a few tips for those who would like to master the midi:
Consider your height; if you are petite, stick to a length that hits just above or below the knee. For taller ladies, any length will do so long as it doesn’t go below your ankles, otherwise you are moving into maxi territory.
Length is important; you can ruin the midi look if your skirt is a couple of inches too long or too short. Ideally, you want a midi to hit mid shin. If a skirt hits the thicker part of your leg, it will be less flattering. If needs be, have it hemmed to the appropriate length.
Perfect pair; if you are wearing your midi in a bold colour, temper it with a neutral blouse. If you opt for a pleated or full option, keep the top half simple.
Here are some of my favourite midi-skirts, all of which are available from Urban Outfitters…