Reader: I’ve been seeing midcalf-length skirts pretty much everywhere. What’s the key to pulling them off without looking…well, too conservative?
Tara: Wearing a midi skirt can be a bit of a challenge. If you are not very tall, they can make you look shorter than you actually are. Here a few key things you need to know in order to pull off the midi skirt trend:
The shoes you choose to wear are very important. A heel is a must. Wearing a heel will give you height and elongate the little bit of leg you are showing. Try choosing a classic pump or a nice closed-toe heel with an ankle strap. If you don’t want to go with a pump, try a short bootie. Be careful what you choose as anything above the ankle will cut off the leg and cause you to look shorter. These Kate Spade heels and booties are great options.
When choosing a top, take the structure of the skirt into consideration. If your skirt is full and flowy, pair it with a sleek, body-skimming top. Our Velvet Lace Trim tank works well for this style. If you have volume on the bottom, adding volume on the top can be overwhelming. When wearing a midi pencil skirt, a loose-fitting top can be ideal.
Accessories can also make or break your look. If your skirt is colorful and patterned, you may want to skip the elaborate statement necklace, for example. You don’t want to take away from the skirt–make it your star piece! A simple (yet sparkly!) piece like our Katie Bartels Marilyn necklace will complement any look! Good luck!