No, I didn’t say mini, I said midiskirt!  A new look this spring is the medium length skirt that hits you right below the knee.  It’s a tricky trend to style but when it works it can be polished … and even hot!  The key is all in the column – don’t balloon or let this one flow out.  Here’s how to get this sophisticated skirt style and make it work:

Get Fit

Finding the right length and fit on this skirt is the most important thing you can do. Too long and it is dowdy looking. Too much fabric and you run the risk of looking older than you’d prefer. The length should run anywhere from 23-30 inches depending on your height. You want a longer skirt (30”) if you are 5’9” and over.  If you are between 5’4”-5’8” then opt for a skirt length of about 23 inches.  Petite styles for anyone 5’3” and under measure at around 25 inches.  You can have it a bit boxy but fitted works best to keep it fresh.

Work It

Midiskirts are not the easiest skirt to style but if done properly you can use it both for work and a night on the town.

While prints are everywhere this season, it is best to stick to solid colors or very muted prints when wearing a midiskirt.  Bright colors are perfect and so are stripes. Using a bold stripe can really take a midiskirt up a notch style-wise. Pair the skirt with a fitted crewneck shirt or sweater in a complimentary color. Add a belt to break up the waistline. You can wear V-neck t-shirts that are fitted or even a soft blouse as long as it can be tucked in without being bloused over the top of the skirt.

When it comes to footwear the style is really up to you.  With spring here, ditch the boots and go for something a bit more seasonal.  A sleek set of pointed-toe pumps in a shockingly bright color can be worn, or even a chunky heel.  You want a shoe that elongates your legs and promotes that column length.  Take the look casual and toss on a jean jacket and pair of flat sandals with a tribal motif to wear beachside.  Ballet flats or pointed-toe flats with a metallic cap are another way to be casual and comfortable yet stylish in a midiskirt.

Remember that these are just guidelines to get you started with midiskirts and branching out into something new.  You can play around with lengths and if it doesn’t work for you go a bit shorter or longer and find the spot that works for you.

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