I like a midi-skirt as much as the next woman. Actually, I probably like midi-skirts more than most women do. This may be the product of delusional thinking, but I think midi-skirts are chic, slimming, and elongating.
But it all comes down to execution, doesn’t it?
Not all midi-skirts are chic, slimming, and elongating.
I wish that I could lay down some bright-line rules to help you identify the right midi-skirts, but I fear that the specifics always matter.
What makes this skirt work?
The fabric is a fluid flannel. It looks like wool, but is some bizarre synthetic cocktail of fibers that looks like wool but is very smooth.
This fabric has enough structure to hold its a-line shape (except when buffeted by 35 mph winds), while moving with the body.
The design is high-waisted and I may be wearing it even higher than intended — partly because the waist is a little small on me (non-returnable final sale) and partly because the pockets sit in the right place when the waistband is a little above my natural waist.
I’ve added a skinny belt — placed at the bottom of the waistband rather than centered — to further define the waist.
I like the mix of ivory and grey. If I could find a grey sweater in the same shade, that might be very elegant, too.
Let’s take this inside, into a controlled environment.
Another day, a different color scheme.
This skirt would look good with a crew-neck sweater, too.
The red belt was a late inspiration while I was getting ready for work.
Returning to a head-on view so that you can appreciate the asymmetry of the hem, the fold along the center seam, and the pockets, which remind me (oddly) of the carvings we saw in Chile. Long, solemn, and uneven.
These pockets are an inspired graphic touch. So subtle, yet they make the skirt.
A skirt like this requires a low heel. Just a little something to get you off the ground. These heels are approximately 1/2″ high.
And now, a special treat: Directrice Verite. The Photographer was experimenting with a borrowed lens and I was entertaining him.
Skirt: Tibi Vicose High Waisted Drape Skirt (mine is size 4); Sweaters and belts: so old, who cares; Shoes: Tory Burch