“The look starts to wear you if don’t balance it with something light and delicate on your foot,” says Slater.
By all means, avoid the long sheer skirt with a miniskirt underneath that several designers have favored for spring. It may be OK for 15-year-olds, but it’s not flattering on anyone else. Look for designer labels, including Tracy Reese and Michael Kors. If you’re not sure you want to go low, experiment for less at chains such as Zara and online at Asos.
All in all, midis are a nice alternative to form-fitting sheaths and skinny pants for a more care-free and sensible spring season.
Kelly is editor of MyLittleBird.com, a Washington-based women’s view of fashion, design and culture, where this story originally appeared. See other photos and runway ideas at www.mylittlebird.com/2014/the-lowdown-on-skirt-lengths/.
On the runways
• An everyday denim dress that’s anything but everyday from Derek Lam’s spring 2014 runway collection. Love that wide belt.
• A casual sweatshirt is paired with a flowy pleated skirt in Christopher Kane’s 2014 spring runway collection.
• Fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra tweaked the look of mid-length hems with sexy slits.
For your closet
•From Zara (www.zara.com): Midi skirt with belt ($99), accordion pleated skirt ($79) and printed pencil skirt ($59).
•From Tracy Reese (www.tracyreese.com): Figure flattering and feminine Dolce Vita skirt with tulle lining (also available in black) with matching top, $298; and Fly Away Frock ($368). With its mid-length full skirt, this dress keeps the eye focused on the waist.