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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.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM
* This is part two of a three-part series. If you missed part one, check out the post here! *
Part two of "SKIRTS: FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA" dives into the trumpet skirt, a style that was popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before the trumpet skirt, women's fashion required a bustle — fabric underneath the skirt, worn at the back in order to create and give the allusion of a more voluptuous behind. At the turn of the century during the Edwardian period, women were allowed to embrace their bodies and therefore said sayonara to the bustle and fitted garments became the 'new black.'
Unlike today — where the trumpet skirt is usually a mini or midi style — the trumpet skirt was worn maxi-style, with the flare happening near the hem. While this trend was popular, it was most commonly worn for bridal and during affairs that required evening wear. While miniskirts have been worn since the beginning of time — 5400 B.C. by ancient acrobats to be exact — they didn't become stylish until 1964 when British designer Mary Quant raised her hemline. Thanks to this UK designer, we no longer have to worry about tripping on a long flouncy hemline when strutting our stuff down the streets, we can embrace our bodies and our legs — no acrobatics required.
THE MINI TRUMPET
A trumpet skirt is the sassy older-sister of the classic fit and flare — tighter on the top and a lot more flare on the bottom. This skirt option is perfect for your everyday street style look — think a graphic tee tucked in or knotted on the side with a pair of (faux) leather sneakers or your favorite pair of running shoes. Trumpet skirts are also a great option if you want to liven-up an outfit for a formal occasion — try an off-the-shoulder blouse, tights and lace-up heels.
While the trumpet skirt is versatile for many occasions, the wearable is somewhat limited. Most skirts allow shirts to be worn tucked in or out, but when wearing a trumpet skirt it's important to always have a shirt tucked in. Otherwise, the outfit will end up looking bulky and sloppy.
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Don't be intimidated, just because a trumpet skirt is tight on the top doesn't mean that ladies of all shapes and sizes can't rock it. My favorite part of a trumpet skirt is the exaggerated flare at the bottom, this silhouette gives off the allusion of a small waist and curvy hips — the ultimate Marilyn Monroe look. Who doesn't want to look like a Hollywood queen? If you're worried about the fit, don't be! Trumpet skirts are sold at retailers all over so you're sure to find one that is your size and fit for the fashionista that you are!