How to Wear a Midi Skirt: 8 Style Tips

posted: 03/28/16
by: Mara Betsch
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  • Midi skirts can be flattering on everyone.
    Midi skirts can be flattering on everyone.
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    Everyone can wear midi skirts!

    It's spring, and that means it's time to break out your shorts, skirts, and dresses. And the perfect addition to your wardrobe is a midi skirt, or one that hits anywhere from the knee to somewhere along your calf. It's conservative enough to wear to work but comfy enough to take you through the weekend. We love its versatility, but because it can be worn so many different ways, it can cause a bit of a style conundrum.

    Thankfully we took inspiration from style bloggers and celebrities to come up with easy ways to style this item no matter your body type. Check out these great ways to rock a midi skirt.

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    Tuck your shirt in

    One of the first rules of midi skirt wearing is to tuck in your shirt. Whether you're wearing a pencil skirt or a A-line design, tucking your shirt in creates a pinched-in waist that creates a ideal silhouette. A crop top or shorter shirt will also work.


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    When in doubt, go with an A-line silhouette

    No matter what your body type is, an A-line skirt is universally flattering. The wider hem makes you legs look thinner and, if you follow rule number one, you'll create an hourglass shape that is universally flattering.

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    Wear open-toed sandals

    Shoe choice for midi skirts can be tricky. Peggy from On the Q Train styles her A-line midi skirt with open-toed sandals to elongate her legs.

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    Look for skirts with slits

    Picking out a skirt with a front or side slit will help with mobility and also create a vertical element that will draw your eye up and down the body, making you appear taller.

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    Try out different lengths

    You want the skirt to hit at a flattering point on your body. For example, if you're going to choose an A-line skirt, you want to allow enough space to showcase your ankles and part of your calves -- anything too long will make you look like you don't have any feet. If you're choosing a mid-calf length, slimmer may be better. Either way, try a few different cuts and lengths to find the right skirt for you.

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    Test out prints and patterns

    If a printed dress seems like too much for your wardrobe, test out prints with a midi skirt. Pair your pattern with a chambray button up or a solid colored tee for a casual look. Or, layer a light-colored blazer for a business outfit or a leather jacket for a nighttime event.

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    Add volume on top if it's a midi pencil skirt

    For those of you, like me, who are curvier on the bottom, blazers, moto jackets, and bulky cardigans that hit at hip length can help balance out a slim-fitting skirt.

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    If you wear flats, ditch the ankle strap

    Heels are encouraged, but not required for wearing this skirt length. If you're worried about looking stumpy in your midi skirt (it's probably the number one reason women aren't embracing this ladylike trend), choose neutral ballet flats or sandals that don't break up the space between your ankle and the top of your foot. This will create a long line from the hem of the skirt to the tip of your toes. If you're wearing flats, this would be the time to rock you midi skirt that hits just below the knee.