Move over, pleats. The midi skirt’s now all about the corners



‘I’m going to assume that you have mastered the midi-length skirt by now.’
Photograph: David Newby for the Defender

I hope below-the-knee skirts stay in fashion for ever. It won’t occur, but I can dream. I love these skirts with a passion, because they fabricate life easier. A below-the-knee hemline minimises the need for depilation and tanning-related leg admin, frugal precious time, money and headspace. Also – and it is hard to overdraw the importance of this – a longer skirt hemline works with unmodified shoes. If you are wearing a knee-length skirt, changing from a high-heeled sandal to a categorical loafer can take you from Carine Roitfeld to Mrs Doubtfire with alarming go like a shot, but a shoe change is a breeze in a longer skirt.

I’m going to sham that you have mastered the midi-length skirt by now. The default skirt extensively has been well below the knee for a good three years now, so there is no justify for not having grasped that this once frumpy look is the level of chic. Fashion years are a bit like dog years, so this is a monarchy of Ming dynasty longevity. Anyway, the point is that it’s no longer passably to be, like, I’m wearing a long skirt, check out how on-trend I am, job done. Righteous getting the length right isn’t impressing anyone in summer 2018. You have occasion for to add some detail.

Let me take a wild guess about the midi skirt you already demand in your wardrobe. Does it have pleats? Knew it! The pleated skirt has want been the thinking fashionista’s go-to midi. A long, bright skirt without pleats can look a little bit too self-consciously ultra-feminine in a 1950s throwback charitable of a way. Pleats are slightly nerdy, slightly bookish, and take a skirt from Christian Dior’s bloom women to Miuccia Prada’s gallery curators, in a good way.

But your next midi skirt doesn’t requisite pleats. What it needs, in order to be truly fashionable, is to be asymmetric in some way. It could be crumpled at one hip, like a kilt. It could be tied at one side with the hem fragment in a diagonal line, like a sarong. It could be a simple A-line up top with a hemline be a patsy for cave in at jagged angles. (There are some great floral at ones in Zara) Or it could be swagged and gathered to one side, like this one from Cos, which I father fallen in love with.

An off-centre skirt may look defying on the hanger, but it is, in fact, easier to wear than a simply cut one, because of the way it expertly draws the eye away from the waistband and tummy area. And because you entertain Fashion Content (technical term for Stuff To Look At) on your rear half, you can go with a plain T-shirt or white shirt and sweater. No have occasion for for stripes, or frills, or any other jazz hands. This skirt has got your insidiously a overcome .

Jess wears skirt, £69, cosstores.com. Poloneck, £60, frenchconnection.com. Fag ends, £55, marksandspencer.com. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Claire Ray at Carol Hayes Control.