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Elevate your look with a swishy midi: summer is almost over, so bridge the seasons with a little va va voom!
- Jo Elvin explains that her love for the midi skirt started in 2015 when she was working in Milan
- The UK-based fashion editor describes how versatile and flattering these skirts are
- Some people say they are for tall people, but she explains that it’s about proportions
Wow, Jo, you look so…glamorous today!’ I was working in Milan, and when the icy Italian fashion PR gave the compliment, she made no effort to hide her surprise.
Instead of my usual editor’s uniform of a slim pantsuit and jazzy flats, I’d gone for a midi skirt. It was Sonia Rykiel and I had fallen in love with the horizontal blue and white stripes and the full A-line. I had worn it with a simple crisp white shirt and navy blue strappy sandals.
The look was professional and chic, but also feminine and like that PR said, glamorous. The hard-won praise almost made me jump around, savoring the swish of my girlish, swirling skirt. That was 2015 and it started my love for the midi.
Skirt, £82, tedbaker. com; sweater (all outfits), £15, mark andspencer.com; heels, £12.99, zara.com
I even bought another Sonia Rykiel song. They cost a bomb, but have been worth every penny because they are so versatile. I’ve worn them with a button-down shirt and pumps to meetings, a slogan sweatshirt and trainers to barbecues, and sequined tops with metallic heels to black-tie events. With that bit of calf and ankle showing, they give a swishy hit of femininity.
Left: skirt, £89, whistles. com; chain, £50, accessoriesofold.com. Right: skirt, £155, sisterjane.com; heels, £17.99, hmm. com; earrings, £18, karenmillen.com
Skirt, £34, coastfashion.com; heels, £49.99, zara.com
Skirt, £89.95, lawand company. com; chop, £35.99, mango.com; earrings, £30, accessories ofold.com
And now the shops are bursting with fresh temptation.
The skirts here are inspired by the Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2022 runway. Super-hot designer Matthieu Blazy’s interpretation of the look played out the midi’s va-va-voom appeal: voluminous A-lines, cinched in waists, cotton candy colors and a fantastic foamy tulle underlay. He emphasized their beautiful A-line shape with a close-fitting, lightweight knit on top.
Left: skirt, £65, asos. com; heels, £149, lkbennett.com; earrings, £15, accessories ofold.com; necklace, £22, accessorize.com. Right: skirt, £105, bottoms. co.uk, earrings, £15.99, zara.com
Sometimes people say that midi lengths are only for tall women. It’s not about height at all, it’s about the right proportions. The hem should touch mid-calf.
I guarantee that the right midi will flatter you for years to come.