Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Tricky Trend: Making the most of the midi
I'm not a huge fan of the new midi length, it's pretty hard to carry off if you're pint-sized like me. Yet when Roselle, the make-up artist on a shoot last week pitched up in a cotton print calf-length skirt, I thought, 'oh...midi-length! Here's a non-frumpy way to wear it!' Roselle teamed hers with stack-heeled knee-length boots and a fitted knit top, very seventies-sophisticate, very next-season D & G. Well, I have the boots already - black pebbled leather with a four-inch heel - and the skirt worked because it's fitted over the hips before flaring out. Getting this look right is all about proportion so if you're short you need some lift in your boots and if the skirt has volume then the top half needs to be sleek. Fabric weight plays its part too. A heavy fabric like tweed or tartan will add bulk to ample hips while something lighter and floaty (silk, crepe) will skim over curves. For me it's a nod back to the Charlie-girl style of the seventies so I'd like to try it in dark indigo denim with white stitching. I'd wear it with a sleek scoop-neck Lycra top (oh hang on, they didn't have Lycra in the 70s did they? Oh well, let's pretend) and a black plaited belt. Plus perhaps a beret and a vintage saddle bag from Urban Outfitters. Surprisingly, a skirt in this shape is better on curvy hips that straight figures as it needs something to hug - now how many trends you can say that about?
Pics: D & G autumn/winter 2008 from www.vogue.co.uk