Now here’s a challenge – finding a garment that looks just as good with heels as it does with flats; looks show-stopping when you flaunt one in eye-popping colours yet equally suits the darker, less playful tones. A garment that hangs long, loose and languid whilst still accentuating the waist; a little number with a length your parents will approve off yet undeniably bang on trend. A garment which screams ‘wear-me-over-and-over-again’ and can transform you from the girl-next-door into the sophisticated lady with its day-to-night appeal. Well, challenge accepted: The midi skirt. There’s no other way of saying it – this is simply a multi-tasking skirt.
Cool and casual
Pairing a chunky knit cardigan or jumper with a skirt that falls just below the knee would have been a look once associated with librarians and housewives. No longer. The midi-skirt has been having a moment since last autumn’s trend news told us it was a catwalk favourite. But, the good news is: they can sit it out a little longer – versatile and covetable, they are everything you could want in a winter skirt. Topshop has a range of midi skirts including the Front Split Midi Skirt priced at £38 and the Metallic Pleated midi-skirt, priced at £36 and available in petite, regular and tall. Ladies – I think it’s safe to say that when a store has the same garment available in all three size ranges, it’s a given that the midi skirt is a sought after piece and really can suit all shapes and sizes. Don’t forget about its sister: the Midi-dress.
…To toughen the outfit up throw on some chunky boots and thick tights…
One of my favourites is New Look’s Striped Midi T-shirt dress priced at £16.99. If you’re going for the casual look then throw on some costume jewellery and pair it with a timeless leather jacket. If you’re feeling brave then bare some flesh and pair the midi-skirt with some ankle socks and classic brogues. To toughen the outfit up throw on some chunky boots and thick tights – forget less is more: layer on the jewellery. Thick woollen tights can be purchased at New Look for £5.99 or at Urban Outfitters for £8.00, where a range of sizes and colours are available. Unless you’re spending January to March in Australia, then it’s important to keep the look wintery – throw on a thick woollen scarf or a knitted hat to dress the skirt down and stop people from assuming you’ve got the seasons mixed up.
The Evening Goddess
Yep – the clues in the title, there really is something heavenly and divine about the way this little number can transform you from the girl-next-door to a goddess by night. If you’re anything like me then I know you will suffer from options – what shoes? What jacket? Well not anymore. The beauty of this skirt is that it works just as well with heels… and all jackets and most jewellery and shirts with sequins and clutch bags and all the rest. Stilettoes: wedges, clogs, open-toe shoes, leather jackets, jean jackets, blazers. Take your pick – the only necessity here is the midi-skirt. Not the shoes, not the jacket, not the shirt you pair it with. However, for the evening, it’s best to keep it simple but sophisticated. Choose an elegant necklace pendant in either gold or silver and a subtle ring to compliment your necklace. Unless your required evening attire is fancy dress, I suggest you stray away from the bright colours and choose a skirt in a dark or neutral tone. Replacing your little black dress for a black midi-skirt can be dazzling on the eye and do wonders for your wardrobe.
…some really angelic and romantic pieces…
ASOS.com has some Midi-skirts under the sales section online that are nothing short of perfection. On average the prices range from £14.00-£26.00 and there are some really angelic and romantic pieces ranging from black through to camel, cream and white. If you’re going somewhere special you might want to try a cream midi-skirt as an alternative to a white one as it will match most shoe and shirt colour choices – not to mention there is something loveable about the colour cream which is just oh-so-darling. There you have it then. Who knew so many options could materialise out of one skirt? You can’t say we don’t give you choices.
Images courtesy of Weezi, ASOS and Topshop