The Ultimate LBD Alternative

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Skirt: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Top: Nicole Miller via Rent the Runway (Similar Save); Fur Stole: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Guess via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Clutch: Gifted Vintage (Similar Splurge // Save) Earrings: Banana Republic

I’m sure your favorite little black dress has been working overtime during the holiday season so give her a little break, and whip out the secret fashion work horse and LBD alternative, the midi skirt. Though a little more finicky than a LBD, the midi skirt can look good on every body type and age if you follow a few simple tips!

Length. “Midi” length ranges from just below the knee to slightly above the ankle. Finding the right length can be tricky. Most of the vintage skirts are mid-calf length, but this may not be flattering for those petites or with shorter legs. I am average height (5’6) so I like the peek-a-boo of leg and ankle, drawing attention to my metallic shoe. I’ve found the most universally flattering length to be just below the kneecap.

Top. What you pair on top of midi skirt is the easiest and most crucial key to pulling off this fashion trend.  If you have a voluminous midi skirt, like the one I’m wearing, pair a fitted blouse on top. A fitted top helps define the waist and emphasize the volume of the bottom half. For a fitted midi, a looser or chunkier top will work with a little tucking or belting to define the waist. There are some fashion unicorns floating around Pinterest that can pull off the volume on top and bottom. I am not a fashion unicorn, but you may be.

Shoes. Ankle straps are a no-no. You are already shortening your leg with the longer hem line so do not cut your leg in two with an ankle strap. There is an exception here for nude sandals like these from Steve Madden (dupe for the Stuart Weitzman Nudist) that give the illusion of a longer leg. (This is one of Kim K’s many tricks.) Though I shy away from wearing flats with midis because of my height, you can pull it off if you have long legs and opt for a pointed flat like these Sole Society slippers.

You a now a midi master and can give your LBD some much needed R&R! Do you have a go-to holiday look? Leave me a comment below!


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1 Comment

  1. Heather Scinta
    December 8, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Great outfit idea and you look beautiful as always!

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