"Don't let a trend wear you." Although this saying cannot be attributed to one specific person in the fashion industry, I would bet many have uttered a similar phrase. All too often, I see or notice a new style trend among bloggers, in my favorite magazines or on the street and want to run out and try it myself. I then remember to pull back and remind myself that not every trend is for everyone. Fashion is fun and it's meant to allow you to experiment, but wearing every single trend is never a good idea.
The midi skirt was one of those trends I struggled with. It has been down the runway, and posted on all my favorite blogs. It has been around long enough to reach the racks of even the most accessible retailers such as H&M and Forever21. For my 5'3 frame (I am rounding up), it was really hard to find the perfect midi skirt. I wasn't even going to go there until I happened along the last black midi skirt at H&M a few weeks ago. There was something about it, hanging there on the hanger, that dared me to try. The texture and the heavier material made it feel so high-quality. Once I put it on and discovered the pockets, I knew I needed to bring it home.
Adding a crop top with this skirt felt way too forced for me (although there are soo many women who can rock that look), so I decided to go an edgy direction with a pop of neon and a fun black neckline. The top I am wearing is BB Dakota, and arrived to my doorstep via LE TOTE, an awesome fashion rental service that is similar to Rent The Runway, in a monthly subscription format. You fill out your sizes and a style profile, as well as select current products you love. You get 3 garments and 2 accessories for $49 a month. You can then purchase any of the items from your tote or simply wear them for as long as you want and return the tote... so genius and so effortless for me!
A few rules I have for wearing a midi skirt are: wear a heel that doesn't cut you off at the ankle (this will give an illusion that you are shorter than you are), keep the midi length below the knee, but higher than mid-shin, and make sure the waistline sits at or above your belly button. Also, unless you really know your body, skip purchasing online and find one in-store that you know will fit you perfectly.
What do you think of the midi skirt trend? Have you tried it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!
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