Your Guide To Wearing Midi Skirts The Right Way

Despite the midi skirt’s wide acceptance among leggy models and designers, it still remains on the “never-would-I-ever” list for many women. While I understand the combination of bisecting your calves and voluminous fabric can seem like a two-part recipe for frumpiness, I have a few secrets to pulling it off.

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    Click through for my styling tips on how to make the midi skirt work in your favor, for both edgy and feminine styles.

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Although I usually dress rather conservatively, I secretly love how the midi skirt demands a more revealing top to balance the demure silhouette and shape. Since the skirt covers up so much leg, pairing it with a form-fitting, skin-baring top makes the most sense. For those looking to try crop tops, the high-waisted midi is its perfect counterpart.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467) in Light Grey; The Reformation Spider Top ($39); Acne Studios Mine Leather Jacket ($1450) in Sage Green; Nila Anthony Holographic Cross Body Bag ($67) in Silver; Charles David Opera Heels ($205); Puro Iosselliani Small Skull Cameo Necklace ($499, 212.686.2211) in Sterling Silver; The 2Bandits Circle Game Ring Set ($55, Available October 1) in Antique Silver.

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    When crafting your own ensemble, try to remember this midi mantra: volume on bottom needs to be balanced by a close-fitting top. Since every midi has a rather full skirt, keep it streamlined above the waist with a cropped jacket like my gorgeous mint moto.

    What I Wore:
    The Reformation Spider Top ($39); Acne Studios Mine Leather Jacket ($1450) in Sage Green; Puro Iosselliani Small Skull Cameo Necklace ($499, 212.686.2211) in Sterling Silver.

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Edgy accessories like a studded metallic bag and linked ring set underscore the faintly downtown feel of the look.

    What I Wore:
    The Reformation Spider Top ($39); H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467) in Light Grey; Nila Anthony Holographic Cross Body Bag ($67) in Silver; The 2Bandits Circle Game Ring Set ($55, Available October 1) in Antique Silver.

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Unless you have model-like height, the midi skirt requires very specific footwear. First, you absolutely must wear a heeled shoe—no exceptions, no excuses. This may sound draconian, but trust me: for this occasion, flats are not your friend. Secondly, your shoe of choice should expose the top of the foot to lengthen the appearance of your leg; a very thin strappy sandal or classic pump is ideal.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467) in Light Grey; Charles David Opera Heels ($205).

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    If baring a sliver of stomach isn’t quite your speed, I also have tips for crafting a more polished look. My secret formula is to combine a form-fitting top (always tucked in!) with a waist-cinching belt. Get tips on how to master the looped cincher here.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467); PAPER London Trentino Top ($300) in Hot Pink; Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses ($165) in Light Purple; B-Low the Belt Hampton Belt ($92, 805.563.2425) in Black; Steven Dann Black Green Suede Pumps ($695, 516.466.2071); Reiss Filippa Box Clutch ($240) in Navy Embellished; Michael Spirito Gold Plated Diamond Stud Delicate Cuff ($149); Lia Sophia Flowerette Ring ($78); Gabriela Artigas Yellow Pedastal Ring ($240).

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    My pumps fall into the aforementioned approved footwear list, but I made sure to keep it interesting by selecting a pair with a lock detail and a rich forest green color.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467); Steven Dann Black Green Suede Pumps ($695, 516.466.2071); Reiss Filippa Box Clutch ($240) in Navy Embellished.

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Pink-tinted lucite glasses are a modern and playful touch that keep the outfit from reading overly prim.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467); PAPER London Trentino Top ($300) in Hot Pink; Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses ($165) in Light Purple; B-Low the Belt Hampton Belt ($92, 805.563.2425) in Black; Michael Spirito Gold Plated Diamond Stud Delicate Cuff ($149).

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    PHOTO: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    A tiny box clutch may be perfectly proper, but the marbled digital print and colorful embellishments keep it from feeling fussy.

    What I Wore:
    H&M Circle Skirt ($70, 855.466.7467); Reiss Filippa Box Clutch ($240) in Navy Embellished; Lia Sophia Flowerette Ring ($78); Gabriela Artigas Yellow Pedastal Ring ($240).

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    We first spotted this affordable floral stunner in our Pose.com street style roundup, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

    Topshop Rose Organza Insert Calf Skirt ($110, alternative here)

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    For those who still consider the mid-calf length awkward, ease into the trend with a slightly less intimidating length.

    In My Air Chiffon Midi Skirt ($215) in Fuchsia

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    Hello, romance! From the swingy pleats to the all-over lace, this Tibi number is primed for a date night debut.

    Tibi Lace Full Skirt ($346)

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    Contrast the feminine vibe of a swingy skirt with a thoroughly modern digital print.

    Tucker Circle Skirt ($328, 212.938.0811) in Misty Dream Catcher 

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    Who says midi skirts have to be dowdy? Give your look a dose of animal magnetism with this leopard version.

    American Apparel Rayon Button Up Long Skirt ($72)

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Rose Organza Insert Calf Skirt

Rose Organza Insert Calf Skirt

Topshop, $110
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Chiffon Midi Skirt

Chiffon Midi Skirt

In My Air, $215
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Lace Full Skirt

Lace Full Skirt

Tibi, $346
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Circle Skirt

Circle Skirt

Tucker, $328
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Rayon Button Up Long Skirt

Rayon Button Up Long Skirt

American Apparel, $72
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Spider Top

Spider Top

The Reformation, $39
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Holographic Cross Body Bag

Holographic Cross Body Bag

Nila Anthony, $67
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Trentino Top

Trentino Top

PAPER London, $300
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Hampton Belt

Hampton Belt

B-Low the Belt, $95
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Opera Heels

Opera Heels

Charles David, $205
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Leonard Light Purple

Leonard Light Purple

Illesteva, $165
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