Midi vs. mini: finding the skirt style that suits you for spring

Midi vs. mini: finding the skirt style that suits you for spring

Jeez, the weather has been struggling to making its mind up, right? But now I’m officially calling it – spring weather is here to stay.

I’ve pretty much lived out of trousers for the past six months or so, so it’s been refreshing for me to try something a bit different. Skirts are always a useful wardrobe staple – the ability to mix up your top and shoes means they offer so much versatility.

Read my guide to midis vs. minis before you stock up on your new season buys. You might just be tempted to try something out of the ordinary from your usual style…

Midi vs. mini – what’s the difference?

Let’s start at the beginning- what the heck is the difference between midi and mini length skirts? Mini is a bit more straightforward a concept. This is a short – or ‘miniature’ – skirt which could fall anywhere from hips to the top of the knee, but I would argue to strictly be classed as a mini skirt the hemline should fall to mid thigh at most.

How to wear a mini skirt at all ages

Scottish blogger Styled by Alice wears spring pvc mini skirt utility trend and broderie anglaise blouse



The mini is one of those items I took for granted as a teenager – it wasn’t a trend, it simply was the only shape of skirt I’d ever wear. I loved showing off my legs – partly because it made me look taller! However, for the past few years I’ve run and hid any time mini skirts re-entered the fashion sphere. I felt like I was too old and my legs were too chunky to wear anything short.

I now know that’s total nonsense.

You can rock a mini at any (yes, any) age. It’s all about styling your short skirt for the most flattering look.

Unless you are in your teens and have legs for daaaaays (hate you) then the key to working a midi skirt is all about balance. The easiest way to do this is to off-set the short hemline with a high neckline. 1960s styling was all about this: think Mary Quant, babydoll swing dresses, Twiggy wearing itty bitty shift dresses etc.

For this outfit I’ve opted for a high-neck blouse.I love the Victoriana feel to this one. If you are a little older (I.e. over 21) then a smart blouse will keep the look classy whilst also making the outfit suitable for work or a smart evening out. Win win, right?

Still scared to bare some skin? Tights are your friend. I’m finding white tights particularly fun right now when worn with a matching white ankle boot for a properly 60s vibe. Knee-high boots also work for this Mod/ Go Go-inspired look. Alternatively, opt for a mini in a primary colour with black tights and boots for a colourblock outfit that is figure flattering and eye-catching.

What style of midi skirt should I shop for?

First up is the utility trend, which is hard to miss. What is it? I hear you ask. Well, we’re talking anything ‘practical’ (read: has pockets) and inspired by workwear and army gear.

With city shorts also dominating runways, your new season mini skirt doesn’t need to be skin tight – something more A-line is flattering and comfortable. Just make sure your skirt sits at your waist and not any lower for the most figure-enhancing profile.

Tailored co-ords are one of the biggest looks for spring. Invest in anything bouclé for a look Coco Chanel would be proud of. Traditional mini skirt suits usually feature a cropped, boxy jacket, but for a new season update look for a longline blazer that meets the hem of your skirt. A leg-lengthening nude pump or pointed-toe slingback will complete this classy look.

How should I wear a mini skirt?


The midi

Scottish blogger Styled by Alice wears animal print silk bias midi skirt



What is a midi skirt?

Midis aren’t just for grandmas: in fact, this cut is incredibly flattering and sophisticated on all body shapes. A midi is technically anything from mid-calf, but I think a skirt that’s knee-skimming or below fits the bill.

Midis first rocked into my world around 2013, and I’ve found myself having a real love of them ever since. A bold, bright, beaded or otherwise beautiful midi has an instant outfit-creating power unlike any other garment.

What style of midi skirt should I buy for spring?

If you haven’t seen the plethora of silky bias cut midis infiltrating the High Street right now then where have you been, girl?! Bias skirts give me the fear only because they are proof that fashions from my childhood are now BACK. IN. STYLE. <scream> but other than that, I’m aaaaallll over them.

Denim midis are also having a moment right now, as they usually do come spring. However, for 2019 the look is sophisticated and tailored in a thick, quality denim. A smart denim midi skirt is a great buy as it offers plenty of dressed-up and casual outfit potential.

While these quirky cuts are the look du jour, other more timeless styles can be a better investment if you’re aiming to build a wardrobe with longevity. Personally I love a tulle ballerina skirt dressed up or down, or a figure-hugging pencil skirt for evening wear with the WOW factor.

How should I wear a midi skirt?

Often the key to wearing these jazzy skirts is a simple tee or lacy cami. Unless you’re me of course, in which case choose the most clashing animal print top possible. #nailedit

Midis are a go-to smart look, perfect for garden parties and nights out. However, your fave long-line skirt doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions: try teaming it with chunky trainers and a simple tee for ultimate blogger style. A few years ago the midi of choice for daytime casual would have been a pleated number, but a silky bias skirt will work just as well and provides a new season update.

A skirt might not instantly have you thinking about your jewellery choices, but for 2019 the ultimate accessory for a midi skirt is a pair of oversized earrings. Think 80s Dynasty/ Pat Butcher realness – rather than a luxury item earrings should be plasticky and playful.

My ultimate midi skirt styling tip? Invest in some big pants. Seriously. If you opt for a pencil or bias-cut skirt there is a chance they’ll cling to your stomach and butt, and a good pair of Spanx-type undies will prevent messy pantlines and unflattering bulges.

So, what’s it to be for you? A midi or a mini? Share your outfit snaps with me on Instagram, @styledbyalicex@styledbyalicex

Keep rocking it, ladies!




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