The Midi Ages The Rise and Fall of the Hemline

The Midi Ages The Rise and Fall of the Hemline

By Jessica Miller Over the years, many fashion trends have made a comeback. While most are fleeting, some stick around to become the latest generation’s lasting favorite. We have seen a reemergence of everything from bellbottoms and tights to denim overalls. But the latest and most widely loved comeback might just be the midi skirt.

By Jessica Miller

Over the years, many fashion trends have made a comeback. While most are fleeting, some stick around to become the latest generation’s lasting favorite. We have seen a reemergence of everything from bellbottoms and tights to denim overalls. But the latest and most widely loved comeback might just be the midi skirt.

Falling in between the mini and maxi, the midi skirt is defined by having a hemline reaching anywhere from just below the knee to mid-calf. Other than length, the styles vary greatly. You can find the midi in just about every cut, color and fabric available.

A Brief History

The midi first gained popularity in the 1940s-50s and was known for its ladylike elegance and conservative versatility. After years of wearing full-length skirts, the midi offered a refreshing freedom. Full style midi skirts and dresses were often worn and made trendy by beauties of the silver screen, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell and Lucille Ball. With the arrival of the 60s and the rising feminism movement, skirts got shorter and progressive women started showing more leg, thus giving us the well-known mini skirt. In 1970, a women’s fashion magazine publisher tried to revive the 50’s trend by declaring that it would be the year of the midi skirt. The public wasn’t having it and his forceful efforts failed to revive the love of the midi.

The midi skirt’s latest comeback took off last year and ladies everywhere fell in love with this vintage beauty. It was seen on runways everywhere by designers such as Michael Kors and Donna Karan. The midi was featured in many classic looks as well as fresh reinventions.

So Midi Choices

What makes the midi so popular is its versatility as well as its many styles. You can find a midi perfect for any occasion. There is the classic full, the subtle A-line, the sophisticated pencil and don’t forget the bi-layer and pleated midi. The midi can be dressed up with a blouse tucked in, and complemented with a stunning pair of high heels, perfect for a cocktail party. Or it can easily be dressed down and worn with a cropped t-shirt and ballet flats, ready for a fun date night. Midis are best worn above the hips creating a high waistline. A belt can easily be added to help accentuate the waistline as well. The full shape pairs well with a more fitted top to balance the fullness of the skirt. The A-line is great with a t-shirt or blouse. The pencil can be all about business with a structured button down or warm and cozy with a sweater. However you choose to don a midi, you can’t go wrong.

The midi is perfect for all seasons. In spring and summer, opt for a lighter fabric such as cotton or lace and pair with a cute pair of strappy heels or sandals. You can have fun with bright colors and patterns or stick to soft pastels. In warm weather, a midi pairs great with a tank. In the late fall and winter, go for a thicker fabric such as wool or leather and pair it with tights or boots, or both. All styles can easily work with a light jacket or coat. Elegant black or rich bold colors will make your winter ensemble the talk of the dinner party.

Midi for Every Body

The midi is also well liked because it is ageless and flatters any body type. It looks just as stylish and appropriate on a girl in her teens as it does on a sophisticated businesswoman in her 50s. Likewise with height, because of the varying lengths, the midi can work on petite as well as tall women. If you are more petite, go for a midi that falls right below the knee and pair it with a heel. Taller ladies can pull off the longer lengths better. If you are slender and have more of a straight hip, go for a slim fitting pencil midi and make it pop with a print. If you are a full figured hourglass, wear an A-line high on the waist to accentuate your smaller waistline. If you are smaller on top and full in the hip, try a flowy A-line just above the hip with a cute button down knotted at the waist.

Head Over Heels

What more can be said? We have fallen in love with the wonderfully versatile and fabulously feminine midi skirt. From the runway to the sidewalks, the midi quickly reclaimed its place as the perfect piece for any occasion and for every woman. This is one comeback that is here to stay!

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