Stuck In The Midi With You

Midi length skirts and dresses were all over the catwalks at the end of 2011 and I’m not giving them up for 2012.  Length wise “midi” seems to cover anything from just below the knee to mid calf, like this gorgeous silk tank dress by Petiole, a new label obsession of mine.  There is something very polished about the midi dress and I love the versatility it allows should you choose to wear it with either boots, heels or flats – all equally chic looks.

I understand that the midi length was first embraced in the 1940s, an era synonymous with much grace, elegance and understatement.  Looking back to the 1970s, this was another time during which the midi (briefly) resurfaced. Apart from that and well, school-skirt-lengths (at least in sleepy Lincolnshire, UK, when skirts were visually measured by teachers for ‘appropriate’ midi length and woe betide you if your skirt came a millimetre above the knee -yes, we all remember your skirt-related-wrath Ms Hopkinson…) I feel it’s only recently that these styles are back in the limelight. Mad about the midi like me?  Read this article on the history of the length here.  Refinery 29 also ran a great feature on how to wear midi skirts like a pro – you can read this here.

Photography: Lydia Hudgens.  Hair styling by Ashley Maybruck - you will read about this lovely lady on my blog next week as she has given me some amazing tips on hair trends for this year.

Back to my outfit – I wrote a feature on the lovely ladies behind Petiole for my weekly Lookbooks column and my love for their designs is growing.  Their clothing makes an easy transition from day to night and can be dressed up or dressed down.  Petiole’s fall 2011 collection is a mix of deceptively minimal designs: silk dresses, shorts and tees and even a very chic onesie.

I’m mixing Petiole’s army green silk tank dress with some gold colours here – cinching in the waist with my ASOS belt and wearing a necklace from one of my favourite New York jewellery designers Jewel Lee. I met Jewel at last year’s Capsule show, a brilliant showcase for new and emerging design talent.  Jewel creates hand made pieces for her label Jubilee Riot that are architecturally themed and modern space-age in look.  I’ll be doing a full blog post on Jewel’s designs over the coming weeks so watch this space.

Wearing: dress by Petiole New York; belt by ASOS; heels by Sigerson Morrison; Sirus B necklace by Jubilee Riot.

Now give it up, Blog Reader.  Where’s your skirt length at??*

*Boys, please do participate, it’s Burn’s Night next week so if you have a kilt jump right on in.  That means you, my male fashion correspondent Callum.