Part three of "SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" takes you back in time to when the midi skirt was a raving trend. First appearing in the 1940s, the midi skirt was a length known for it femininity and elegance, yet also known for being somewhat scandalous because the length caused ankles to be shown. After people realized that there was nothing promiscuous about ankles the mini skirt took over leaving the midi spinning in its' tracks.
It seemed no matter how hard people tried to bring back the midi skirt, it just wasn't happening. Then, in the late 60s, John Fairchild the founder of W Magazine and Editor of WWD decided that the mini skirt was too inappropriate and that the length of skirts should be elongated — he was rooting for the midi skirt. Sadly for Fairchild, no matter how hard he and his follow fashionista/os tried, the midi skirt was not making the same impact on consumers as it was on the industry professionals. Consumers loved their mini skirts and were not about to give them up — not now, not ever.
The midi skirt had a slow return and didn't start showing up again until the mid-2000s when designers started pulling influence from the 'olden-days.' The midi length was seen in 2013 runway collections — Michael Kors in bohemian floral-printed dresses, Oscar de la Renta in laser cutout dresses, Proenza Schouler in abstract printed skirt-suits and in Marc Jacobs ruffle adorned ensembles. Now, the midi skirt is an ultimate fashion statement, worn by some of the most famous bloggers (Leandra Medine, Leonie Hanne, etc.) and industry professionals proving that a longer hemline can still be stylish.
THE MIDI SKIRT
I love a good midi skirts. It's the perfect style to wear if you want a more casual look, but still want to appear as if you know what you're doing -- which you do. My favorite way to wear a midi skirt is to pair it with a stylish graphic tee and a pair of regular or platform sneakers. You can take this look with you to a street-style photoshoot (if you're into that sort of thing) or you can strut it around the city for a day out. Regardless, the midi skirt is my favorite type of skirt to wear when I'm feeling fashion-forward.
FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA
If you're the type of person who is intimidated by skirts then you need to try the midi. The midi is a great length, especially if you're insecure about your legs. If you have yet to try any of the skirts that I've mentioned in my last two posts (here and here) then I challenge you to take the midi for a spin — you might just be pleasantly surprised.