It’s time to rock the polished and refined ladylike look as the epoch of 40’s and 50’s glamour has dawned upon us again, but this time with a contemporary twist. Designers, fashion houses and vintage stores are stocking up on the trailing trend from last year- the midis! We should have guessed this trend is here to stay when everyone from Kate Middleton to Kareena Kapoor were launching themselves in mid-length dresses. While this trend is hot right now, the unnerving question is if its going to be hot on you. Know-it-all right here as we set down the rules and break a few others...
Wearing the midi-length both skirts and dresses isn’t easy because on the face of it, it’s not entirely flattering if not done right. It can make you look short and frumpy but not unless you pick one that flatters your entire self. The golden rule to choose the midis irrespective of what’s trending is that, Petite ladies look best in midis that end a little above the knee while those taller can pull off the longer hemlines well. It’s best to choose midis in monochromes to lengthen the silhouette and opt for a more colourful or patterned one in case you’re particular that the silhouette doesn’t look flat.
If you’re tall and well proportioned, you can rock them to the hilt as everything from colour-blocking to checkered prints will look fab! Bodycons are a great option for those who are vying to show off those curves. Bodycon midis work very well for formal occasions as well. However, when wearing a bodycon silhouette, make sure that your inners are in place. You don’t want your inners playing hide and seek when you’re in the midst of a meeting! In case you’re on the slightly heavier side try wearing spanx which will keep the fully-fitting bodycon midi in place giving you a flattering self.
If bodycons aren’t your thing, fret not because midis have various patterns. From Louis Vuitton’s checkered prints to Herve Leger’s bandage illusion dresses the options to pick from are plenty! We love the floaty dresses from Chloe, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. We suggest that you draw inspiration from Kate Middleton and translate it to something that suits your style. This trend is very ladylike and feminine so make sure you allow the silhouette to speak for itself. Think elegant, classy and spot-on trendy with the midis.
The best accompaniment would be low vamped shoes which extend the leg line without adding soaring height of your pencil stilettos. Wedges or platforms look great with midis too but we extend all our votes to the stocky heels or the low-rise heels which are not only comfortable but also are an added style statement. So, match your flared or pencil-cut midi with kitten heels which are a low colour contrast with your heels! Why the colour contrast? Well, wearing low contrasting colour heels gives an illusion of having longer legs. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
As for the jewellery, keep your stacked, junk jewellery aside and opt for statement pieces instead. The main focus of your attire must be the dress so a pair of chunky diamonds, chandeliers or jewel-necklace is all you need to step out. For winters when you pick out those full-sleeve printed midis, wear a massive cocktail otherwise stick to tubes or max-sleeve power shoulder dresses. If you’re feeling a little grungy and eclectic try smokey-eyes, nude lips and ankle boots for company. Yes, though the boots-midi combo is edgy, we give this style statement our thumbs-up!
With our how-to’s coming straight from the runway and beyond, we’re sure that you’re ready to take the fashion quotient to ‘fuller’ lengths. So, ladies strut around in your midis and make each step count!