“Midi” stands for any item of clothing (skirts/dresses) that end somewhere between the knee and the calf. And they are making a comeback in flared skirt style (also known as the poodle skirt) from the 50’s a la Audrey Hepburn. This particular length can be very tricky to wear and unflattering if not worn properly - Wear one that’s too short and you look squat. Wear one that’s too long and you look like a bag of garri. Fortunately, we have helped out with some tips to help you look your best when you wear flared midi skirts. 1. Tuck in Shirt/Top/Sweater – If baring a sliver of stomach isn’t quite your speed, whenever you wear a midi flared skirt, try to remember this midi mantra: volume on bottom needs to be balanced by a tight-fitting top (always tuck in!) with a waist-cinching belt. There are ways to wear an un-tucked top on a flared skirt but it’s tricky. Let it make all the noise in the outfit – Its safer to wear an attention drawing piece of clothing one at a time… And since this skirt creates all the attention, it’s best you don’t wear that frilled floral shirt at bay. If you wear a bold color midi, temper it with a neutral blouse. As for pleated or fuller options, keep the top simple. 3 Consider your height. If you are short, stick to a skirt that hits just above or below the knee. For taller ladies, any length will do so long as it doesn’t go below your ankles. 4 Length is everything! You can ruin the midi look if your skirt is just 2 inches too long or too short. Ideally, you want a midi to hit mid shin, where your leg begins to thin out. If a skirt hits at the thicker part of your leg, it will make you look stalky. If it’s needed, get it trimmed to an appropriate length. Extra tips. - Edgy accessories like a studded metallic bag or a touch of neon and ring set try to up the faintly downtown feel of the look of the midi skirt. - Create a long leg line by wearing nude/flesh colored shoes. Whether they're sandals, pumps, wedges, or flats, this creates a longer line of your leg. So when wearing a midi skirt and you want the extra leg length illusion, go for a nude colored shoe. STYLING YOUR MIDI FLARED SKIRT. - “Crop it like it’s hot” – It’s casual and glamorous at the same time. But make sure you have a flat stomach because bulges don’t look good out of a crop top. - Go girly with pumps – You look like you just stepped out of a fashion magazine pairing your midi with sky high pumps. Add a string of pearl necklace and red matte lipstick to finish off the look. - Brogues/Loafers/Creepers – You’re not a fan of sky high heels? Not to worry, you can still pull off the masculine/androgynous look with the midi flare… Pair with a pair of brogues and a messenger/cross body bag for that tomboy chic look. - Feminine floral - A floral midi flare dress needs a plain top/shoe/bag so as to avoid overkilling it. Just add a statement accessory and off you go. - Monochrome – Pulling the flared midi off in a monochrome outfit always looks so chic. As in all other things, avoid overkill, keep it chic and fresh. - Vintage chic – Pair with a vintage style long sleeved skirt and kitten heels. Dramatic red lips and pearls to finish off the look. Written By: Joy Adegboye
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