I can’t say I have completely figured out New York City Style, but from fervent observation, I’ve noticed that many a New Yorker are partial to neutrals. Since I intern in the Financial District, I am often the only color-clad citizen in a sea of black suits and work dresses. This Fashionista stuck out with her bold pleated midi-skirt, a length often avoided for its below-the-knee hemline.
Midi skirts are many times associated with ’50s figures and matronly garb. Personally, I think the midi skirt is the most flattering summer silhouette and when paired with fitted tops can look perfectly proportioned and classically cool.
This Fashionista paired her midi skirt with a black cropped top from American Apparel. She bares the perfect sliver of skin, highlighting the smallest part of her waist, beautifully hinting at the bird tattoo on her side. Her wedges are perfect for elongating her legs, since a midi skirt can sometimes stifle the long leg line so often coveted. She finishes off the look with a bright orange clutch, great for stashing summer weekend essentials.
For more of a daytime look, throw a chambray shirt over your cropped top and trade in the wedges for a smoking slipper. This will keep the look edgy and updated and from crossing the line over to prim and poised. The midi skirt is also perfect for the workplace, just add a blazer and a pretty pair of pumps.
Midi skirts aren’t just for sock hops. Don’t be afraid to rock out with a rockin’ below-the-knee skirt. The conservative length will allow a wider array of dance moves, so as not to expose undergarments. Plus, they twirl.