STYLE GURU STYLE: Oh My Midi

Parents everywhere can rejoice! Thankfully, the micro mini has pretty much vanished—for now—on the runway. Unlike the early 2000s, we are no longer seeing girls walking around in uncomfortably itsy bitsy skirts and dresses. Just like our iPhones, our garments keep getting longer—okay, that was a horrible comparison. Like it or not, designers have decided to hide a lot of leg lately. The more conservative trend started with the resurgence of the maxi skirt. The maxi skirt then took a backseat to its more flattering cousin, the midi skirt. The mid-calf length flatters pretty much everyone’s body type. Showing a hint of leg won’t make you look like you’re drowning in fabric. This sweet and chic style is perfect for all occasions.

Valentino made use of this beautiful length in their spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection. The collection was filled with absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. The vivid pattern, colors and silhouette of look 23 inspired me to rock a midi dress.

I have always thought I was too short for this length. At 5’1” I want to take advantage of making every inch of my body. I was completely shocked at how flattering the length was when I put the dress on for the first time.

I finished this look by making it my own. Remember, when using the runway as inspiration you don’t have to completely replicate the entire look. Pull pieces, colors or motifs from the runway and then translate it into an outfit that will work for your lifestyle. I completed my look with a black felt hat and a pair of black lace-up booties. These items allow the bold pattern of the dress to standout.

Put away your minis and go for the midi. A dress that hits mid-calf is extremely classy and flattering on every body type.

Get My Look: 1. A black felt hat 2. A pair of booties 3. The perfect printed midi dress