I've always loved 40's and 50's era style. My closet in high school was stuffed full of vintage swing coats, structured purses, and kitten heels. I had hat boxes overflowing with brooches, costume jewelry, and scarves; in addition to a rare collection of records that I will never quite get over giving away. I watched every Audrey Hepburn movie and spent my spare time at thrift stores in hunt for some new (old) treasures. For a good portion of my youth I was convinced I was born in the wrong era. All of this to say, when the midi skirt (a skirt whose hem lays mid-calf, halfway between the knee and the ankle) came back into fashion, I quickly became obsessed.
When styled right midis can pack a ton of "wow" making a big statement with bold colors or prints. If you don't put some thought into how you wear your midi, however, you can risk looking dowdy, frumpy, and blah. May I suggest not taking the whole mid-calf hem quite so literally? For those who may be vertically challenged, choosing a midi that hits right below the knee on your leg's smallest part would be much more flattering than a hem that extends to mid-calf. If height is on your side, then mid-calf shouldn't be a problem. Either way make use of your tailor, since, like all things in fashion, a proper fit is everything.
Tall or short, choosing the right shoe is crucial to pull this look off. In an effort to elongate the leg, heels would be my absolute first choice! If you're rocking your midi during the day running around town, a pointed-toe flat or a small kitten heel would get the job done without having the fashion police hot on your trail.
So on your next date night, I suggest you throw the skinny jeans in your closet and put on a midi skirt and heels. I promise that you will feel so feminine and beautiful. Let me know how it goes!
XOXO - V
Turtleneck: Vince, Skirt: Nordstrom-sold out, similar HERE, Shoes: Sam Edelman "Ollie", Sunglasses: A.J. Morgan "Contessa", Lipstick: Chanel Palpitante Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff old: similar HERE All photography by Rod Foster. Hair and makeup by Heather Puhek with Beauty & the Beach.