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November Metro Fashion Column: Maximise your Midi-Skirt

Above Average… Maximise your Midi-Length

Hello all,

The midi-length skirt trend eludes me. I think it’s partly to do with my trouble deciding how to wear it. This AW’13 I was determined to get to grips with it and bought two midi-length skirts; a fitted one in grey jersey and a full, voluminous one in soft black leather.

My initial attempts at styling the full midi skirt had me looking like a lumpy, frumpy granny; just missing a knitting bag and a set of rollers. After a bit of trial and error, however, I established what actually works – for me at least. Balancing out the volume of fabric below the waist was the key. A full midi skirt needs a loose, tailored blouse, in a pale, silky (not shiny) fabric. Best worn with sleeves rolled up and top button undone, just to show a bit of skin. Topshop.com has this polka dot print shirt (pictured £38), which is a great alternative to Mulberry’s heart print version. Heels are a must too, unless you’re lucky enough to be over 5’11” that is; flats found me channelling one of those extras in Grease with no date at the prom.

Getting the jersey tube skirt to look OK on me took a bit more practice; I was hoping for Molly Ringwald’s style in The Breakfast Club…

Though substantially less than the full midi skirt, the tube skirt still has a lot of fabric, and worn with long tops I looked strange and misshapen. I realised that with the midi-length tube skirt, shoulders/lower arms/décolletage (and midriffs) need to be flaunted. Inspired by Louis Vuitton AW’13, I chose this this lace camisole by Zara (pictured €69.95) and wore it tucked in; with my hair up it actually looked quite dressy.

By happy chance I also discovered that a fitted cashmere polo neck looks good with both skirts too. Pushing the sleeves of this Bottega Veneta (pictured £728.90 farfetch.com) up past my elbows, I’d be happy to say the midi is all mine this season.Laura Whiston Fashion Column Nov 2013

Yours,

Whisty Xx




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