Rules of the Midi

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In the Summer 2016 issue of Porter, Emma Sells wrote an art of style article all about how to effortlessly pull off a midi skirt acoording to London-based fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. It’s always been one of those styles that as a more petite girl, I wasn’t confident that I could pull off. However, since it’s one of the most classic, timeless and elegant shapes, I obviously needed to try it anyways. Plus, how could you say no to this adorable polka-dot button-front skirt from Anthropologie?

Below are Roksanda’s top five tips for styling a midi skirt for everyday wear. For this look, I opted for tip #2 – it’s one of my favorites!

1 // Think about proportion. Balance is everything, so if your skirt is very full then wear something more streamlined on top – the more fitted, the better.

2 // Don’t be afraid to choose a skirt that’s brightly colored or patterned for daytime. Pair it with easy basics and let it be the statement piece.

3 // If you’re not tall, make sure that your skirt hits the right part of your leg; a three-quarter-length cut that falls to mid-calf will be the most flattering.

4 // Play with a mix of feminine and masculine pieces. A ladylike skirt will look great worn with a mannish blazer or an oversized coat.

5 // Keep things fresh by looking for a skirt with interesting details like an asymmetric shape, slits or unexpected fabric. Style it with a coordinating top.

All five tips are so incredibly helpful for making sure the midi skirt makes a statement but doesn’t become overpowering. I love the idea of letting it be the hero piece in a look (as I’ve done here) and completing the look with a basic top and accessories. Stay tuned later this week for a second midi skirt look I styled according to this article from Porter!

Photos by Ryan Sides

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3 Comments

    • 26 April 2016 / 2:08 pm

      You are the sweetest Maggie! Thank you so much for reading! xo – Marianne

  1. Beth
    10 August 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I loved your sandals. If may I ask where you get them from? Thanks!!