by Samantha Del-Greco
Midi skirts are back in fashion again after a hugely successful comeback last summer. These calf-length skirts are this year’s elegant choice, and even though their length might seem a little frumpy, you can guarantee a sexy silhouette as they have been made in a tight, form-fitting fashion to keep up with the modern bodycon style (this style is called the Pencil Midi).
The midi skirt first made its proper appearance on the fashion scene in the 1940’s, as a sexier version of the then-popular floor length fashion. It maintained a strong position in the fashion industry through the 50’s, being the iconic rock’n’roll skirt (think Grease), but stepped down in the 60’s for the mini. This year, however, the midi is taking over the high streets and catwalks as the fashion world welcomes back this controversial favourite.
It’s true to say that the midi is a difficult trend to wear. It makes your legs look short, the shapes can be rather unflattering and, let’s face it, the minimal amount of leg exposure forces us to wonder why we should even bother. It’s a complicated style to master, but this seasons shapes are in our favour, so let’s talk about a few rules that will help you achieve that perfect silhouette.
This is the year of the bodycon; the style embraces the female form and is all about shape, so focus on the silhouette of your body from head to toe. The problem with midi skirts is that the length cuts your legs at an awkward point, making your legs look shorter, but the way around this is to make the exposed part of your leg be sexy. What people consider to be sexy is relative to what we’re already showing. It’s the same concept as backless dresses being sexy if the front of the dress is high-necked, because the exposure on the back is dramatic compared to the exposure of the front. With this in mind, make your lower calves/ankles the provocative part of your outfit by covering up the rest of your body with high necklines. Arms should be kept bare to balance out your body so you don’t appear top-heavy with clothing (the idea is to keep one simple line from your feet to your head in order to look taller and skinnier, so covering your arms would only bring the line outwards and make the body look wider).
High heels are not negotiable. You need all the length you can get in your body, so the higher the better. The type of footwear is open choice; sandals are recommended but ankle boots are very high fashion. Don’t wear anything longer than ankle boots though because the point is to keep the uncovered part of the leg exposed, i.e. no knee high boots.
Don’t wear tights (unless skin coloured) and if you need a jacket make sure it’s no lower than hip length because anything longer will create odd lines on your silhouette. For your top half, bodysuits are a great combination with midi skirts as it will give you a smooth line up your body.
It might seem like a daunting task trying to make these skirts look good, but getting them right will give you a gorgeous body shape that will leave other women supremely jealous. It’s worth the effort!
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