I have forgotten about the simple joy of skirts. I'm a trousers kind-of-woman by nature but lately, I have been unprecedently excited for bare legs and flowing hemlines. There are no "wrong" skirts: mini skirts are great on occasional outings, but it's longer hem lengths that offer a kind of sassy polish - an ageless elegance. A midi skirt is the unsung hero of any wardrobe. The boldest way to wear a midi skirt? A toughened-up pair of knee-high boots, a delicate knit or a vintage chunky knit jumper in the perfect shade of millennial pink. A simple (or not so simple) one has transformative powers and here are three IMAGE staffers - and their favourite midi - to prove it.
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Erin Lindsay, Staff writer
I would have never thought of myself as a 'midi-skirt' type of woman, but since they've exploded in popularity this summer, I'm really getting into them. A year or so ago, I would have thought of midi-skirts as making me look like a nun crossed with Little House on the Prairie, but having seen how they can be styled to look young and fresh, I'm sold. A midi skirt is actually very agile and easy to wear; simply throw one on and your whole outfit is done. Not to mention how comfortable they are to wear too; the right midi skirt keeps me going from early-morning meetings to after-work cocktails. The way I style my look might not be for everyone, but leopard print and pink is basically my uniform, so I feel really great in this!
Lizzie Gore-Grimes, IMAGE Group Editor-in-Chief
I bought this skirt back in May in Zara. I immediately loved the colour, the thick banded waist and full pleated skirt. It is so easy and comfy to wear and the pockets make it. I wore it to death over the summer, with flat gold sandals and a fitted black cotton t-shirt. I was about to put it away for the winter months but then tried it with knee-high leather boots and a cashmere jumper and now I'll be wearing it right through 'til May again!
Corinne Vaughan, Senior Account Manager
In the past 12 months, I have become a midi skirt convert; a style that now rivals my most loved denim jeans as my wardrobe staple. I tend to gravitate to midi styles that are tight around the waist and loose around the hips and legs because it suits my shape better. I love the sexiness of a side split, too. Initially, I only wore longer skirts during warmer months because it's easy to team them with a pair of classic white trainers and a fitted t-shirt. It's more challenging to style a midi skirt during winter (it's very easy to look like a frumpy matron), however, I've found that the best way to balance this in-betweeny length in winter – whilst staying warm – is to pair it with semi-sheer tights over full opaques for a more flattering silhouette. I swap my trainers for a high-heel boot, and up-top a light, tucked-in knit works a treat. I picked up this skirt in Next last Autumn, and it has been the perfect transitional piece that can be styled up or down, from season to season.
Photographs by Niamh O'Donoghue.