Fall Fashion Forecast Extra: the Midi Skirt
With the Modern 1970s trend driving Fall/Winter 2015-16 fashion trends, it’s not surprising that the preferred length for the season’s skirts is the midi. In the past, the midi went by another name: tea length. (The moniker “midi” fits better within the progression of skirt-length shorthand: mini, midi, maxi.) The midi’s length isn’t a set point; it rests anywhere between the high calf and the lower calf.
Fall/winter runways were chock-full of midi skirts (and dresses) in every silhouette possible–A-line, straight, and full–sometimes with interesting cuts, including asymmetrical, envelope, and handkerchief-hemmed, or slit at center front. The looks on runways spanned the full range from casual to formal, as well.
If you want to rock the ’70s revival look, make yours in a simple A-line silhouette from earth-toned suede or faded denim.
For the more modern take, choose an A-line or straight silhouette, and make sure it has some kind of asymmetry worked into the design. That may mean an asymmetrical hi-low hem, either front-to-back or side-to-side, or an envelope-folded or wrapped feature.
If you still love the ladylike look (and who can blame you–it’s classic), make your midi with fullness controlled by gathers or pleats. A straight-silhouette midi with no attention-grabbing details is also ladylike, but wear one with caution: It can look matronly and dated if not styled well and often looks best pegged at the hem, which makes walking difficult.
Luckily, pattern companies offer plenty of midi-length skirt patterns in various styles and silhouettes. Here are a few midi skirt pattern suggestions to get you started:
Vogue 9060, a cool asymmetrical lantern-shaped midi designed by Marcy Tilton that creates an artsy vibe.
Vogue 8956, a straight wrap skirt with an asymmetrical side drape that’s perfect for an edgier look.
BurdaStyle 08/2010 #139, is a chic midi-length tulip skirt in plus sizes with asymmetrical front pleats.
For styling ideas from the fall/winter 2015-16 runways and from style bloggers, check out Threads’ Midi Skirt Trend Pinterest board.
What do you think of the midi skirt’s return? Will you wear one? Is it a problematic length? What silhouette do you like best?
McCall's 6993, from the Archive Collection, has front inverted pleats, a shaped waist, and optional yoke.
McCall's 7170 features various handkerchief hem options that are perfect for a 1970s bohemian throwback look.
Butterick 5756 has a hip yoke and a flared silhouette with gathers.
Vogue 9060 (for knits), designed by Marcy Tilton, features an asymmetrical lantern shape that creates a modern, artsy vibe.
Vogue 8956 is an asymmetrical straight wrap skirt with an angled side drape, perfect for an edgier look.
Simplicity 1322, view D, is a mock wrap midi with a flared silhouette.
Simplicity 1807, view C, is a bias-cut midi skirt with a hem flounce.
BurdaStyle 08/2010 #139 for plus sizes features a tulip silhouette and asymmetrical front pleats.
BurdaStyle 08/2015 #111AB is a simple A-line silhouette with an asymmetrical midi hemline that's slightly longer in back than in front.
BurdaStyle 03/2015 #103 (shown on center model) is a full midi with inverted box pleats and a side-angled, hi-low hem.
Sewaholic's Hollyburn skirt in a midi length has a simple cut and full A-line silhouette with scoop pockets.