March 10, 2011


Move over, mini skirts.  I need to make room in my closet for my new friend, the midi skirt.  In case you don't know, a midi skirt is basically what tea length is for a dress.  This silhouette can be tricky to pull off - get the length just slightly wrong and you'll can horribly stumpy and/or dowdy. 

The key to getting this skirt right is to make sure that the length is spot-on for you (i.e. you're probably going to need some tailoring, so factor that into your budget).  Ideally, it should fall either just over your knee, maybe two inches, into the little curvature between the bottom of your knee cap and where your calf starts to widen out, OR it should be just long enough to cover the widest part of your calf.  If the skirt hits right across the middle of your calf, you're headed straight to Stumpville.  Alternatively, if it's too short and hits right across the middle of your knee caps, you've got a one-way ticket to Dowdy Town.  (Trust me, and stay off that crazy train, ok?)

Don't be scared though.  Once you get the length right, this look is super chic.  For an example of how to do it, check out this gaw-jus outfit from Christine of My Style Pill.  And get started creating your own with these little beauties:

1. Topshop Waterfall Calf Skirt - $80.00
2. Tibi Lillian Silk Midi Skirt - $255.00 via Net-A-Porter
3. Topshop Pleated Calf Length Skirt - $80.00
4. Nygard Collection Riding Skirt - $69.00 via Dillard's

PS - Topshop also has this, which is very similar to Christine's skirt.

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