Midi Skirts Aren't Dead, and These 12 Outfits Prove They're Still Relevant


(Image credit: @daniellejinadu@taniasarin)

What's one piece you can't live without? Perhaps you can't survive without a simple tank top? Or maybe your entire life is spent in jeans? For me, the end-all-be-all staple is a great skirt. Call me a fiend for skirts if you want, but I know they are the unsung hero that sweeps into solving every closet-related predicament. Need something you can wear to the office without overheating in the summer? Ahem, skirt. Trying to pack for a trip? Roll up that skirt! Skirts are the staple you should turn to in the summertime (and every season, tbh) to solve all your styling woes.

But if you're wondering which type of skirt is worth your time, I'm here to tell you there's only one that's up for the job: the midi. Sure, this hemline may not be as buzzy as other skirt trends, but the silhouette always returns from oblivion for a reason—the rationale being it's so easy to style. You can pair midi skirts with just about any top or shoes. They come in various iterations and look good on just about everyone. 

But if you're not sold on how midi skirts are the staple you've been missing from your life, you'll want to keep reading. I've rounded up 12 midi-skirt outfit ideas from women worldwide to show how this silhouette is the lifeblood of crafting a stylish wardrobe. 


Off-The-Shoulder Top + Midi Pencil Skirt + Mules + Shoulder Bag
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If you thought pencil skirts were old-fashioned, think again. Styling a sultry off-the-shoulder top, mules, and a shoulder bag with a midi pencil skirt will make this silhouette feel brand-new. 

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Tank + Fitted Blazer + Ball Midi Skirt + Ankle Strap Pumps + Sunglasses
(Image credit: @hannamw)

Ball skirts have made a big comeback. If you're unsure how to style them for everyday life, you'll want to look to the ensemble above as a guidepost. Opting for this skirt style in a midi hemline and styling it with simple staples like a tank and blazer is a surefire way to pull off the trend. 

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Leather Jacket + T-Shirt + Midi Skirt + Sneakers
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Try pairing a straight-line midi skirt with a T-shirt, moto jacket, and sneakers when you're feeling a bit more casual.

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Oversize Button-Down + Midi Skirt + Knee-High Boots + Hoops
(Image credit: @taniasarin; WEARING: Tod's Midi-skirt in Reptile Print Leather ($3387). )

The great thing about midi skirts is they're office-friendly. Pair a leather or animal print midi skirt with an oversize button-down shirt, hoop earrings, a handbag, and knee-high boots for an outfit that works year-round. 

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Denim Jacket + T-Shirt + Midi Skirt + Studded Knee-High Boots + Woven Handbag
(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

You know those days when last-minute plans pop up, but you don't know what to wear? Well, you'll want to turn to a trusted black midi skirt. Style it with an oversize denim jacket, T-shirt (or blouse), and fun accessories, and you'll be set for wherever your plans take you. 

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Halter Tank + Pencil Midi Skirt + Shoulder Bag + Belt
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A simple way to make the brown midi skirt in the back of your closet feel brand-new is by opting for a tonal look. Try styling a fitted midi skirt with a sleek tank, belt, and bag, all within the same color family, to add a feeling of decadence to this "dated" staple. 

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Blouse + Midi Slip Skirt + Strappy Sandals + Sunglasses
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Consider this outfit a case study of how to spice up the satin midi slip skirt in your closet. Pairing it with an ultra-pretty top, strappy sandals, sunglasses, and a unique handbag will make this skirt shine again. 

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Button-Down Shirt + Pleated Midi Skirt + Mules + Floral Choker
(Image credit: @daniellejinadu; WEARING: Aritzia )

Accessories are the key to making any midi skirt feel trend-forward. Case in point? The look above. Even classic staples like a pleated midi skirt and white button-down feel 10 times cooler thanks to a pair of chic mules and a floral choker necklace

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Tank + Colorful Circle Midi Skirt + Ballet Flats + Handbag + Sunglasses
(Image credit: @ninasandbech; WEARING: Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Speedy Bandoulière 25​ ($2760); Alexander McQueen Pleated Midi Skirt; Lolo Ballerina Flats)

Another way to make this skirt silhouette feel fresh is by opting for an iteration in one of the season's trendiest colors. Whether you wear a tangerine full-circle skirt or another vibrant hue, center the piece by keeping the styling simple. Pair it with staples like a tank top and ballet flats. 

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Ruched Top + Matching Midi Skirt + Sandals + Earrings
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The easiest way to make wearing midi skirts feel fun again is to opt for a matching set. Keep the accessories minimal so the skirt and top take center stage.

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Printed Top + Midi Skirt + Mules + Clutch + Sunglasses
(Image credit: @greceghanem)

If you don't want to buy an entirely new outfit, a simple way to style the midi skirt you already own is by adding a printed top. Whether you choose a trendy print like polka dots or another piece you own, it's a surefire way to make this staple pop again. 

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White Top + Printed Midi Skirt + Ballet Flats + Shoulder Bag + Sunglasses
(Image credit: @vivian.yrl)

Hopefully, you've seen enough inspiration to be convinced that midi skirts are always relevant. But just for closing arguments, let us reiterate that styling can make anything feel like it's trendy again. The key to making this so-called dated skirt go through its form of reincarnation is choosing versions with more modern elements like low-rise waists, bubble hems, or printed versions and pairing them with buzzy accessories. If you do that, you won't follow the trails of any skirt trend; you'll bring 'em back from the dead. 

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Next: 20 Effortless, Office-Ready Outfit Ideas for Sweltering Summer Days

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.