If you’ve found yourself skirting around the issue of edging-up your summer look, we’re pleased to inform that this season’s hem lengths are a world of extremes. Mini skirts, ever the eternal skirt length of summer, have shrunk to practically belt-like proportions and maxi skirts have crept ever so slightly north to sit elegantly mid-shin.
Contrary to first impressions though, neither is overtly sexy or sensible respectively. In fact, these two big-time skirt lengths are transformed to their antithesis with some clever, on-trend styling.
What does that actually mean?
Micro-minis are made modest – practically office-worthy even – when teamed with a boxy tailored blazer or long collared shirt with the front tucked for effect. From the front, you look risque, from the back, utterly respectable. It’s a look that works as well with flat sandals as it does ankle boots or strappy stilettos.
Then, at the other end of the skirt spectrum, straight midi silhouettes have made a high-style comeback, minus any of the ‘lil mumsy or librarian connotations. A high waist here, thigh split there, cool fabric like worn denim or high-sheen satin, this is the perfect style to wear with this season’s dominant crop tops and heels worth showing off.
The trick is to wear the length mid-shin (midi, geddit?) where your leg thins for the most flattering effect. Case in point, model and singer-turned-blogger Natalie Lim Suarez outside the Michael Kors SS19 show at New York Fashion Week. Skirt game strong. Shoe frame, supreme.
Whether you’re at home in a short hem or looking to push your typical fashion boundaries, this season’s two biggest skirt trends certainly have legs.
SHOP THE TRENDS ON ANY BUDGET
TREND 1: THE MODEST MINI
Isabel Marant Etoile, Zeist ruffled faux-leather mini skirt, $420 at matchesfashion.com. SHOP NOW
New Denim, Darcy Skirt Stripe White, $110. SHOP NOW
Zara, Leopard Print Mini Skirt, $60. SHOP NOW
Finders Keepers, Alchemy Mini Skirt, now $103 (from $130). SHOP NOW
Christopher Esber x Desordre Boutique, Resin Marigold Mini, $499. SHOP NOW
TREND 2: THE STRAIGHT MIDI
Keepsake, Dark Paradise Skirt in sage, now $127 (from $160). SHOP NOW
Mother of Pearl, Idella Skirt, now $191 (from $636) at Shopbop. SHOP NOW
C/MEO COllective, silhouette skirt in red, $160. SHOP NOW
One Teaspoon, Rocco Skirt in grey denim, $150. SHOP NOW
Tigerlily, Nathalie Midi Skirt, $150. SHOP NOW