What could be more perfectly timed with the arrival of fall than the rising popularity of the midi? While we’ve been dabbling with dropped hems throughout the spring and summer seasons, the street style scene at New York Fashion Week celebrated the official inauguration of dresses and skirts in longer lengths; nearly every style influencer of note could be spotted sporting the look.
In recent years the midi length has been aligned with prudish conservatism. But, as demonstrated below, our attitudes about hemlines have shifted drastically throughout fashion history, and now the longer hems have taken on new sartorial significance.
The length we considered conservative at the turn of the century (remember when a denim mini skirt was considered a wardrobe staple?) is now bold and confident. The midi still retains all of its tea time femininity, but is made fresh when paired with traditionally masculine style elements: brogues and oxford shirts. The most unlikely (and exciting) midi trend to emerge during NYFW is sporty chic — who would have thought that a girly skirt and tomboy accessories would play together so well? Letterman sweaters, sneakers in every color imaginable, and baseball hats were the go-to midi skirt accessories. The runway inspired trends we were just starting to explore this spring have really taken hold out on the streets. The result? An au courant look that embraces the history of feminine dressing while defying gender stereotypes. Empowering, eclectic, and ultra cool.
Love the look? Closet it! We’ve selected a handful of our stylists’ favorite midis and maxis below — available now at Gwynnie Bee.
ASOS Curve Midi Skirt with Pleats, sizes 14-24
ASOS Curve Pencil Skirt with Contrast Panels, sizes 14-24
Lands’ End Fuchsia Plum Fit & Flare Maxi Dress, sizes M-3X
MYNT 1792 Celine Pleated Maxi Skirt, sizes 12W-26W
Jessica Howard Polka Dot Dress with Buckle, sizes 12-24W
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