In the past I used to wear super short skirts all the time. Okay, they weren’t necessarily super short and it wasn’t all the time, but a few years ago, barely a week would pass without seeing me in my old denim mini skirt or flared black skirt that skimmed my thighs (nice face there, Sian :/). A skirt that hit at or below the knees was definitely not a thing of style to me, aside from the occasional maxi dress for holidays. However, in recent years, especially since leaving uni, I’ve noticed my skirts getting longer and longer, and it’s now rare to see me in a dress or skirt that sits too far above the knees. I’ve got rid of pretty much all of my old pieces that skim the thighs and feel far more comfortable in something a bit longer. It’s not necessarily that I’ve become more “modest”, I’ve just discovered that nowadays, longer lengths flatter my figure a bit more and balance me out, and who doesn’t love a figure flattering look?!
There’s only been one issue for me though, how are you supposed to wear midi lengths in winter?! I’ve seen plenty of uber cool bloggers and models rocking all sorts of looks with midi skirts, but not all of these are necessarily for me – some of them are wearing ankle boots (tends to make my legs look a little bit odd if the skirt is below the knee); some wearing over the knee boots (on me, where have my legs gone?!). The whole coat scenario is a different matter altogether – if your coat is just slightly longer than the dress or skirt, it looks a bit weird; if it’s too short you get cold. If you wear black tights, your legs look funny again, but nude tights are usually not as thick. Ah, the trials and tribulations of dressing oneself!
I decided to take a look back through my archives at ways that I have managed to pull off the midi skirt in winter, but obviously these aren’t absolute and are what have worked for me personally, so here are a few tips. I know that my dresses and skirts don’t all technically qualify as a true “midi” length, which is mid-calf, but this is what I think of as midi:
1. Go for nude tights
2. If you’re still stuck with tights, go for a paler shade
3. With a full midi skirt, go for a fitted, long sleeved or cropped top
If the bottom half is full, go for fitted on the top and vice versa – that’s always been my rule for dressing myself in a more flattering way for my shape. It applies here especially since most of your legs are disappearing under the skirt, so you need to show there is a shape under there somewhere! The ASOS long sleeved bardot tops are my favourite way of creating this look at the moment, since I always need long sleeves!
4. Wear a cropped cardigan, jacket or coat
5. Get a longer coat
This may not be an option if you don’t often wear midi lengths, since it would be an expensive purchase to make, but I bought this fur collared and cuffed coat from Miss Selfridge this year and I haven’t looked back since. It is over the top, yes, but that’s never stopped me before, and I’m wearing it pretty much every day for work at the moment. I know it’s not technically “midi” length, and it has risen up a lot in this picture – it actually sits on my knees! A longer coat looks super sophisticated and grown up too (I promise, I am a grown up, really!).