Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Meet in the middle

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When was the last time you wore a short skirt or dress?

If your answer to that was followed by a self conscious remark about your pins, well fear not. This season designers present us with a stylish solution suitable for every occasion; the midi skirt.

Revealing an array of glamorous day time pieces, English fashion designer Matthew Williamson selects a pronounced monochrome pattern to adorn his adaptation of the midi skirt this summer. Williamson marries his graffiti print skirt with a lemon coloured vest intricately decorated with appliquéd daisies, for a summer look that embraces bold seasonal prints whilst remaining conspicuously feminine.

American fashion designer Michael Kors also opts for patterns this season, favouring one of summer's favourite trends; floral. Amongst the elegant garments, all of which had a distinct romantic feel, Kors Spring Summer collection features his interpretation of the midi dress. Using a neutral colour palette of beige and white, Kors teams his floral front split midi skirt with a white chiffon shirt and white fur jacket alongside glimpses of camel coloured accessories, suggesting a formal but stylish way of introducing the midi skirt into your office wear this season.

Also promoting patterned midi skirts this summer is French fashion house Celine. As part of a matching two piece, Celine blends a pleated midi skirts hosting vivid, expressive paintbrush strokes with a short sleeved shirt hosting an identical print. By combining the garments with minimalistic black accessories, Celine allows the striking pattern to dominate the outfit, for a modern approach to a 1940's trend.
On the other hand, after examining Burberry's Spring Summer collection, it appears Celine isn't the only designer encouraging women to explore a matching two piece ensemble this season whilst incorporating this particular concept. Filled with delicate lace garments, Burberry reveals a soft pastel toned collection featuring their recreation of this particular concept. Sported by British model Cara Delevigne, the two piece outfit is composed of a short sleeved shirt and tight fitted pencil skirt, both of which are created using pink English lace, encouraging us to embrace1950s femininity this season.

Margaret Howell however takes an alternative approach to redesigning the midi skirt, favouring a simple yet chic ensemble. Combining a white button up bandeau and a neutral cotton midi skirt alongside black slip on sandals, Howell presents us with an effortlessly sophisticated summer outfit.

It's highly likely most of us own at least one maxi and one mini skirts, so why not try something new and throw a midi skirt into the mix this season?