Banish all thoughts of the 70’s and bad memories of A line denim skirts with giant wooden wedges and super skinny ribs sweaters, the midi skirt is back, but not as you know it. The new midi is sophisticated and contemporary and once you have learned to embrace it, any other length will immediately feel frumpy and wrong.
We all know anything shorter than knee length is verging on “rock chic” and the maxi has sadly gone the way of leggings and printed jersey tops – i.e.. if they sell them in Florence and Fred they are dead – so it is more than time we had a fashionable, but appropriate skirt length.
Either just below the knee, or exactly mid calf, the midi can be slim and pencil like, softly A line, or a fuller dirndl shape.
As with any new trend the right footwear is crucial. As always I prefer a flat option, but realise there is a danger of looking a little “Miss Jean Brodie,” – tbh, I have never let that stop me – but a chunky heel (preferably with an ankle strap) works equally well.
The look we are going for here is school teacher meets everyones favourite aunt, but modern. Smart buttoned up shirts, boxy tops, high neck sweaters and simple white t shirts, worn with a midi length, pencil, box or knife pleated skirts are what we are looking for.
If you are unsure and not quite ready to go the whole hog, try a mid calf dress for the rest of the summer and work your way up to a skirt. Trust me by November you will be convinced and downloading episodes of Miss Marple for inspiration!