Back to Basics: Best Midi Skirts

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As part of our weekly Back to Basics series, we are shining a spotlight on great wardrobe staples that are made to last. Because timeless basics are the most sustainable pieces you can buy.

Arguably the most elegant skirt style currently available, the Midi Skirt is a great transitional option for your wardrobe. This is because they work all year round when teamed with weather appropriate separates and accessories. Wear with a t-shirt and sneakers in the Summer, or pair with a knit and boots in Winter. We love the innate elegance that wearing a midi skirt carries. The way it swishes about, just below your knees, feels distinctly feminine. If you aren’t a very girly girl, don’t worry. Midi skirts can be styled with more masculine separates and accessories to balance the look. For example with sneakers, flat brogues and crew neck tops.

The one downside of the midi skirt is unfortunately the tricky length. Whilst there are different options within the style bracket – below knee length, mid-leg or ankle, it can be a tricky length for some. Therefore if you are keen to elongate your legs, go for a style that hits just below the knee and is cut high on the waist. Pair with heels to add extra height. When height isn’t an issue, you can really play with a variety of lengths, wearing them with flat shoes if you wish. The choice is really up to you but you can be assured you’ll look very chic in whatever you choose. Here are our favourite midi skirt options. We’ve mostly gone for wool and silk styles here as they hang so well and don’t date.

Tips on Trend Led Dressing:

This Winter, pair your midi skirt with a chunky knitted jumper and boots. To give the illusion of height, wear high heeled boots.

Tips on caring for your Midi Skirt:

  • Store skirts by hanging them in your wardrobe. Make sure to use a padded hanger for silk shirts to avoid puncturing the delicate fabric. John Lewis’s FSC certified hangers are good.
  • To add extra padding to metal hanger clips, cut out rectangles of scrap fabric and use them as a buffer between your skirt and the metal.
  • Invest in a portable steamer, it’s a quick and easy way to refresh your skirt, especially if it’s a pleated style.
  • To ensure you and your skirt look their best, have the length altered to flatter your leg length.
  • Keep wool skirts looking like new by using lint rollers and de pilling combs.
  • Avoid moth holes in wool by popping some cedar balls in your wardrobe. We love these ones by Iris Hantverk, £4 at Arket.
  • Add a waist belt to update your skirt for the new season.
  • When spot cleaning, pay special attention to the hem as it tends to sweep the floor when you sit down.

Best Midi Skirts

Crafted from panels of silk, the skirt is cut to move beautifully when you do. So whether you’re walking or dancing, all eyes will be on you. Update for Autumn with a thin knit roll neck and elegant heels.

If you are looking for a thicker, warmer fabric, try this recycled wool skirt from Mango’s Committed range. The fluted shape is very chic, and would look great with a knitted jumper. In Spring, why not pair with a breton and sneakers for a totally different look.

We love this printed silk option from Toast. It feels a little more casual, meaning it’s perfect for weekend’s or after work dinners. Equally it becomes very ladylike when teamed with kitten heels and a collared blouse.

For an understated but totally chic style, look to Tome NYC’s beautiful wrap skirts. The asymetric hem and knife pleat add interest to your bottom half. Therfore you could simply wear it with a white shirt and brogues for maximum effect with minimal effort.

Maggie Marilyn is our new Aussie obsession. Her gorgoeus ribbed knitted skirt if perfect for Winter. It moves beautifully and hugs your bodies curves. Throw this on with a black knit and heels for an easy workwear look.

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