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Mini-skirt haters, rejoice. The midi-skirt or calf-length skirt is back in a big way. Calf-length skirts come in a range of silhouettes and styles, from slinky pencil skirts to soft and full pleated chiffon skirts. While this length can look dowdy, smart styling keeps it fresh, modern and wearable.
If you favor sexy over sweet, add a calf-length pencil skirt to your wardrobe. Choose rich fabrics and pair your skirt with fitted sweaters or blouses for a retro style. Sheer hosiery and heels finish off this femme fatale look. Since this style is all covered up, it's as appropriate at the office as it is at a romantic dinner for two.
Full calf-length skirts can dress down for everyday wear or up for evening. A full calf-length skirt will hide heavier hips and thighs. If you opt for a belted style with a slightly high waistline, you can emphasize your waist and bust, creating a perfect 1950s hourglass shape. Pair your full calf-length skirt with a fitted jacket for a relaxed, not-too-conservative workplace or top it off with a fitted off-the-shoulder blouse for a good girl gone bad look.
Calf-length skirts are a purely practical choice for winter wear. The hem is high enough to stay dry on snowy days, but long enough to disguise bulky tights or leggings for warmth. Choose a wool calf-length skirt for extra warmth in a straight or A-line shape. Pair it with your favorite boots and a cozy sweater. If you're not a pants girl, this look provides the warmth you need without sacrificing style.
Sheer and Soft
Light and lovely chiffon and silk midi skirts can go casual or resort-formal for summer wear. Pair your skirt with a simple tank and belt or dress it up with a fitted top in a similar shade to create the appearance of a dress. If you're quite petite, light and flowing midi skirts may be more forgiving than heavier ones. Opt for a nude-toned skirt and shoe to add length with this look.