The hemline has been some source of discussion among the fashion people. Is it dropping? Or is it sky-high? The hemline has been changing throughout the decades. High above the thighs for the flappers in 1920s. Dropped to the floor during 1930s. Raised to the knees during 1940s.... and so on.
We have been seeing a lot of skin tight dresses (Hervé Léger bandage dress?) paired with skyhigh heels. It has gotten shorter every season, and as the emphasis was given to the legs, the heels were getting even higher as well.
But I have seen a few changes recently. Maxi dresses that grazes the floor have been a more common view. It has stayed that way, and while minis are still dominating, now come the next big thing: the midis.
Tea-length dresses or midis generally fall below the knee and above the ankle. For me, it has provided comfort like never before: we get to mix-and-match it with low kitten heels and flats, Mary-Janes and sandals. You can bid calluses (ew) and sore heels goodbye!
The air of elegance you get by wearing midis is totally different than the sexiness from minis. The silhouette may not be for everyone, especially for petites, but correct styling can help you join the trend without looking like a trend victim.
Let's see a few examples I have taken from the 2014 runway shows:
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2014
The Spring Summer Lanvin showed quite a bit of midi length skirts. They came in different silhouette: slight bell shape on the left, flowy on the middle, and tight & pleated on the right. The shoes remained constant, with strapped heels or Mary-Janes. In fact, the middle gold shoes is quite a beauty....
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2014
The midi phenomena has continued all the way until the recent Fall/Winter shows, as well.
Dolce Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014
The midi has come in different skirt silhouette. Dolce & Gabbana here offered tight skirts, probably in stretch material. The tightness offers sensuality that we crave, though wearing Spanx underneath will most certainly help a lot.... For coats (far left) to balance off midis usually the length of the sleeve falls several inches above the wrist, below the elbow. Note the Mary-Janes showed up here, too.
Etro Fall/Winter 2014
Etro always has a way to keep things exotic but still modern and wearable. For those of you who are privileged to get colder climate in your place (I just wish countries around equator have fall and winter!), you can mix and match midi with high boots. Just remember to keep it all covered --- a gap of skin between boots and the skirt can appear a little bit weird. Also, keep things simple and use ones without lacings.
So you might have been wondering, all I have talked about was hemlines and shoes. What about the top? How to balance off the low hemlines and low heels?
Basically you want to keep things simple. In hairstyle, it is quite straightforward. Short chop (Blugirl Spring/Summer 2014) goes best with midi style. If you have long locks, you can tie it into a messy chignon for that out-of-the-bed-sexy look (Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014).
Blugirl Spring/Summer 2014
Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014
The verdict. Do you dare to try this trend? I myself am loving it, and am sewing another midi black dress.
Until next time,
Photo source from Skalty.