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3 years ago by

No but I love this outfit.

I’ve really had a thing for midi skirts lately but I have to warn you : they’re not easy.


I have three of them. Two whites and one blue. I wear them with little sweaters and high heels. It’s beautiful, very feminine. For winter, with high heeled boots it’s awesome, sexy, 70’s.

But of course you know me – the idea I love the most is to wear it with flats, like on the photo. It’s so elegant and gives a cool attitude, plus it’s comfortable, so you can really wear it in your everyday life.

BUT after trying a few times, once with ballet flats (too granny goes to the market) with sneakers (too Dover Street Market intellectual for me) and with brogues like on Alana in the photo (okay, so beautiful, but for me? Not so sure), I’m not 100% sure it works.

Still, I think a midi skirt is a great staple to have in our winter wardrobe. In white, so cool. And with a huge cardi like in the photo, love.

Do you like midi skirts? Have you tried wearing them? How do you do it?

Caridgan, Michael Kors; Top, Lisa Perry; Skirt, The Row; Shoes, Alexander Wang.

Model Alana Bunte at The Lions NY / Styled by Dianna Lunt / Makeup by Tatyana Makarova / Hair by Eloise Cheung

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  • Sandrine October, 23 2014, 9:13 / Reply

    C’est une tenue très sympa et Alana est juste sublime ! Je pense même que l’association “jupe midi+derbys” qui est superbe sur elle, ne fasse pas vraiment le même effet sur moi…

  • I love midi skirt because they make me feel comfortable with a feminine attitude!
    XOX, Gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  • i love the dress, the fake fur and the smile! :)

    http://littleaesthete.com

  • I love midi skirt and i lovet her jacket!!!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Ce que j’adore dans cette jupe c’est sa couleur! Une jupe midi avec des richelieus femme, ça peut le faire!!!
    Garance, on ne te voit que très rarement en photo! j’aimerais voir un peu plus souvent tes looks!

    Bisous, bisous

  • Ben c’est tout le problème, j’adore mais je ne sais pas comment la porter j’ai peur que ça coupe ma ligne!!! Horreur NON!!
    Mais c’est top beau quand même et surtout en blanc…

    http://www.blushandbeyond.com/voyage/fondation-louis-vuitton-un-nuage-de-glace/

    bisous bisous
    Alix

  • I love this image and what makes it very modern is mostly the Top ,I think that the same silhouette standing..want be so great .the midi skirt and the masculine shoes +socks this is really fashion show things that works only on very very tall girl size 36-38 on the real woman in the real life it will look mamie-(grand mother in french)
    The midi skirts will look best with boots!!!
    i agree with you that ballerinas are not so great ,sneakers can do although it’s not great..
    i think it’s going to be another thing most of us will buy but will wear it maybe once….
    xoxo
    Yael Guetta
    http://www.ftwwl.com

  • Ben, je sais pas. Je n’ai toujours pas compris à quoi sert cette longueur. Ce n’est ni court et sexy ni longue et élégant. En plus avec un grand pull ça fait une silhouette assez large. Les mini ultra longue qui s’arrêtent juste au dessus les genoux, là par contre je suis capable de voir leur beauté. Et ça peut crée une jolie silhouette avec un pull voluptueux.

  • Jennifer October, 23 2014, 9:25 / Reply

    I am scared this look with shorten me, unless it’s with high heels and even then I worry about looking wider. I like my hips but don’t always want them to be the center of attention. I love the white and the big cardi of this look. Closest I’ve gotten is a longer pencil skirt with a small “v” like slit in the side, done both with heels and flats.

  • à plat c’est pour les grandes arty. soit 0,000001% de la population féminines.
    Vive les kittens !

  • this looks great in the picture, but I agree Garance, in real life I would struggle to wear this. I think a midi with flats needs to show a bit more on top, otherwise the look is frumpy, unless of course you are a very tall super model! I have a midi length dress and it’s loose fitting, but is has subtle cut outs on the sides so I think it works with flat shoes…

  • caroline October, 23 2014, 9:45 / Reply

    Hello Garance !
    Pour ma part j’adore et j’en ai, je porte ça avec un gros pull en haut et mocassins à plat ! (ne m’étant très peu de talons en raison de ma grande taille !) personellement avec des mocassins féminins ou des derby / richelieu c’est super je trouve !

  • As a 66-year-old grandmother, I feel OK embracing the dreaded granny look! I have a great body, elegant style, and a beautiful 35-year-old Perry Ellis midi that I’m taking out of the back of the closet right now to wear with ballerinas.

  • Love them, but they don’t work on someone with athletic or short legs. They cut me off at the wrong spot and it looks terrible.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • Yess, I wear them very often. Pleated with brogues, full skirts with pumps or flats, pencil skirts with heels, printed with boots. Love <3

    Cecilia
    http://www.modeskine.com/en

  • Not sure about the midi length. Unless it’s on someone very tall and with heels. I’m way too short for the midi personally. But if someone can get away with it and rock it then I say why not.

  • I’m a big fan of midi skirts since I love how feminen they are. I actually also have a midi skirt but have not worn it once since I was unsure about how to style it. But I like your way of wearing it with some high heeled boots and some tights in autmn and winter, so I will try that out. I think I’m not quite brave enough to wear a midi skirt with flat shoes as well since wearing them with heels is already a challenge for me!

  • Constance October, 23 2014, 10:43 / Reply

    I LOVE midi’s. I’m 5’4″ and wear mine with a short fitted jacket and a knee height lace-up flat boot. The trick is to choose fabrics that are a solid color or very small mono plaid or dot, no big print. Keep the visual line close to the body, smooth and clean. Happy and comfortable.

  • I absolutely loooove midi skirts! If only I could find the right one in stores…

  • L'épingle October, 23 2014, 11:19 / Reply

    À vélo !

  • I’m short, so the only way it works for me is by pairing a midi skirt with delicate high heels. I bought one this fall, and I love it, but it’s not a very versatile piece in my wardrobe.

  • I feel ya Garance. I have also quite a collection of midis. Used to wear them with pointy flats and my hair in a ponytail. Very chic. But now fashion has shifted more into a grungy look and I feel a little out of place in midst of all the young hipsters. I tried the brogue thing but together with a midi … don’t the feet look damn big in them?

  • OOOh Love so much The Row !
    This look are wonderful !
    congrats & kisses
    http://www.normcoregirl.com

  • c’est vrai que ce n’est pas une longueur facile à porter… mais j’adore les jupes midi (je viens de m’en coudre une deuxième avec de plis en gris pâle,, après une première en bleu klein), le look que ça donne et en plus c’est super confortable, on peut faire du vélo avec, courir après les enfants sans que ça fasse crac un moment donné :)… ma version préféré au jour le jour c’est avec des converses!! et la midi blanche sur la photo est sublime!!

  • LOVE IT! I wear everything with brogues.

  • eastvillagesiren October, 23 2014, 11:57 / Reply

    I just saw a similar skirt (cut and color) at & Other Stories, which just opened in NYC. Also comes in black. I bought three other black skirts instead but I think I will go back and exchange for the midi in white and wear with cropped sweaters and a pair of mid-heel, knee length boots. For me the trick will be a cropped top, otherwise I will look like a plump dumpling ; )

    eastvillagesiren on Instagram

  • I love that photo and everything on it.

  • Nini piccola October, 23 2014, 12:47 / Reply

    Love midis! Wore them all summer with different coloured Birkenstocks and a cute top. Are birks still in or are people sick of them? Not giving them up! Black birks for winter with socks!

  • So elegant. For me, the pointy toe on a heel or a flat is best for a midi skirt. A rounded toe or a sneaker isn’t right.

  • Alana est superbe, comme d’habitude, mais que ne peut-elle porter ???

  • MIDI SKIRT + PULL à poils (o: + BOTTES HAUTES cuir marron + CHAPEAU….J’adore et je me sent bien/belle!

    F de http://luckasetmoi.blogspot.fr/

  • I love midi skirts, so feminine and elegant!

  • Benedicte October, 23 2014, 4:03 / Reply

    Avec des bottes c’est parfait ; sinon, il faut des talons je pense. Bon, évidemment, sur la photo c’est parfait !

  • Oh Garance, it is all a matter of patience and practice. When I was in my early 20s I used to love how feminine and elegent women look in skirts. And me – jeans 24/7. And whenever I would put a skirt on, I just did not feel like myself. Plus everybody would start commenting how dressed up I am, which really annoyed me. Then I made a plan – skirt at least once a week! Then after some time it was three times a week… Now a few years later I rearly wear jeans, pants sometimes, and my closet is full of most beautiful skirts. And everyone now comments how strange I look when I put jeans on :) And I feel oh so lovely.

    P.s. Midi skirts and flats combo remind me of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. It is the most devine combination. Give it a second chance.

  • The same problem as you… i have one skirt I’m willing to buy but still figuring the shoes that goes with… No idea, but was thinking bout those:
    http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca/en/women/shoes/sneakers/c/118/DELORO/p/34052044-97#

    have pointer shape <3

  • Je disais la même chose sur mon blog hier. Je suis devenue accro ! C’est mon truc préféré du moment. Mais c’est vrai qu’il faut faire gaffe à l’effet mémèrisant de la chose. Je porte les miennes avec des brogues aussi mais uniquement lorsqu’elles sont coupées droites (genre jupe portefeuille) plutôt qu’une coupe en A (ça tasse lorsqu’on n’est pas bien grande et qu’on a pas la ligne I – ça veut dire lorsqu’il y a des seins et des fesses :-)).
    http://www.mode9.fr

  • I love the neutrality. I believe the midi skirt length is not so much for cold weather but for spring/summer. the skirt whooshes wind around and keeps you cool. some fashion is form + function. I prefer a flat sandal, even flip flops. highlight the ankle w a midi, and you cannot go wrong!

  • I’m a teacher, so midi skirts are wardrobe go-to. Anything shorter and your high school students stop paying attention to Chaucer. For shoes, I do like a gladiator, but since that’s not school appropriate, I often go converse.

  • I have always wanted to try midi skirts, but I have always been afraid of looking too “granny” as you say in the post! I will definitely have to try them out though. The one in the photo is lovely.

  • I think the best compromise would be to wear a midi with boots, flat or heeled, laced or zipped, or pull-on, even motorcycle and cowboy boots, all with the option of several different boot lengths.

  • Ah mais ce n’est pas facile de porter une jupe midi surtout si on est petite comme moi ! Les jupes longues ça passe encore ! Mais on dirait que la tenue est faite pour toi. J’aime beaucoup comment tu portes la jupe.
    Et la veste !!! Ca ressemble un tantinet à une veste en fourrure mais ce n’est pas une fourrure n’est ce pas ?

  • Alors le look est encore canon et j’adore aussi la jupe midi en soi ! Mais tout a fait d’accord avec le dilemme des chaussures qui vont totalement définir le style de la tenue et la démémériser… ou pas ! Mais je pense que le haut que l’on porte a aussi son rôle a jouer et si l’on opte pour les ballerines en bas il faut rattraper le coup en étant assez rock en haut que ce soit avec un accessoire, un perfecto par exp ou un makeup approprié

    http://lattesanssucre.com
    Le blog à boire au bureau

  • Je suis tombée dernièrement sur un livre de style datant des années 40 suggérant les looks à adopter ou à éviter selon notre forme ou taille. Bien que je trouve la plupart des conseils ennuyeux, j’en ai trouvé un particulièrement intéressant car il s’applique au port des jupes de toutes les longueurs pour les femmes de toutes les tailles. Le livre recommande de porter une jupe sois plus courte ou plus longue que notre haut et que la partie des jambes qui dépasse afin de ne pas se sectionner de façon égale. C’est peu, mais ça m’a donné une toute autre perspective quant aux jupes longues et à comment elles peuvent aller à des filles de toutes tailles, ce que j’avais observé, mais pas nécessairement raisonné!

    Donc, oui à la jupe midi, mais gare au sectionnement (?)

  • Valentine October, 24 2014, 2:43 / Reply

    comme je suis très petite, cette longueur reste un rêve de chic, mais interdite, surtout à plat. mais le fait est, j’ai arrêté les mini ou jupes au dessus du genou, et adopté celles qui tombent pile au genou. la ça passe. c’est des quoi ? des 11h30 ?

  • Enfin elle sourit !

  • I would like to have one in cream (that delicious hue of English clotted cream…) but I’m petite so anything that goes that far beyond my knees tends to swamp me. ..sigh. ..what a great skirt
    Ana
    http://www.champagnegirlsabouttown.co.uk

  • Moi j’en ai deux, l’une est bleu marine plissée, c’est une pièce que j’ai acheté vintage, et j’ai du la porter au plus 3 fois. C’est assez difficile, mais pour moi c’est talon obligé,bottes, c’est ultra cool, et pour le haut, court et cintré, avec de préférence une ceinture XXL.
    L’autre elle est à pois, c’est assez importable.

  • Le truc c’est que la jupe midi est bien plus difficile à porter que la mini, surtout si la midi est évasée comme sur la photo.
    Je porte volontiers cette coupe avec des derbys, ou des jolis mocassins, ou des ballerines avec un petit talon. Mais pas de chaussettes pitié.
    J’aime bien aussi les midi “tubes” droites en tricot, on les enfile, elles s’arrêtent au mollet, on peut mettre plus facilement des talons.
    A la réflexion, l’évasé, la coupe en A, j’aime vraiment bien pour une robe parce qu’il y a comme une évolution depuis les épaules jusqu’au bas. Pour la jupe, je suis moins convaincue, j’ai l’impression que cette forme sort de nulle part; difficile d’expliquer ce sentiment.
    Belle journée

  • The wider a midi skirt is, the more difficult I find it to style it, the only thing I really like is high heeled sandals, a pencil midi is fine, can be worn with almost everything. When you are twenty, it is much easier, otherwise, you have to be careful. Love the Dover Street Market intellectual, haha.
    Simona
    Lake&Moon Fall capsule wardrobe

  • Moi je ne pensais jamais l’adopter mais finalement j’adore ! Je porte la mienne avec des slipons ou des sandales à talons pour une sortie, et souvent avec une veste en cuir pour casser l’effet dadame !

    La photo est superbe en tout cas !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

  • Midis are best and I have lived through minis and midis. The absolute best thing to wear with them are knee-high boots. After that, the shoe must have a bit of weight to balance the length of skirt. Not ballet flats, for example. The best shoes are 70s style. A bit of a clunky heel, but not so much heel as to be unable to walk, and a pretty good vamp. Oh, that I were a shoe designer as I can rarely find the perfect shoe!

    Low boots are very fashionable now, but I think only look good with shorter skirts.

  • i hate hiding my legs and i’ve tried the midi. i love the elegance of it but it’s just not me though i keep imagining the vintage ones i’ve bought with ankle boots. it’s about the shoe as we know! now, give me a mini some great leggings or tights and an ankle boot and i can rock!!!

  • My new obsession is the midi skirt in both A-line and pencil cuts and a higher waist! I feel very refined, feminine, and even sexy in them. I must say I like them with heels the best when I wear them, but adore the flat on ladies with longer legs. (I’m too petite to carry it off and look like a child that raided my mother’s closet!) Another way I know that the look is a winner is when my husband’s face lights up when he sees me wearing them! <3

  • anything on Alana looks amazing no matther short ot midi or long or … the ugliest

  • Garance,

    You always hit the nail on th head, talking about something that people don’t talk about, like this one. How would a non model gal pull off a midi skirt without wearing heels?

    Regardless of height, it probably has to do with where the hem line hits and how slim the calves and ankles are. Those with slim ankles and calves, lucky you, because you can wear midi/culotte with sneakers and oxfords (ballerina is not a good fit, unless one looks like Audrey Hepburn).

    I think for shorties like myself, the trick is to have the line as close to the hips/thigh and only flares out below the knee (but not too much). A streamlined A line will do, too. The oxfords with block heels would be OK if the top/jacket has some bulk to it (to echo the footwear).

    Like you said, it’s a tough one to pull of. It looks so effortless on editorials and models but in real life, not so much.

    Which is always the struggle for everyday women who are aspired by editorials and new satorial choices on the horizon.

    33

  • Those are oh so tricky to wear. I have a beautiful gold,pleated lame midi skirt that is a beautiful vintage find and I just don’t have a clue what to do with it. I don’t wanted to look too fancy. Does anybody have any good ideas of how to style it? Maybe a T-shirt and red Supergas? Maybe a big cozy navy sweater but then what on my feet? Help! Thank you

  • J’adore ce look (surtout la robe, cet hiver je suis fan du blanc) et surtout elle le porte très très bien! Par contre sur moi, j’ai des doutes. J’ai repéré pleins de looks avec jupes midi trop beau, ça me fait de l’oeil mais je n’ose pas. Pour avoir déjà essayé en magasin, je crois que mes mollets fins semblent perdus et que c’est mieux avec la vue des genoux.

  • Alexandra October, 26 2014, 11:58 / Reply

    I love wearing midi skirts! If I don’t wear them with heels I wear them with very ladylike pointed flats. I am 5’9″, though, so I’m sure that helps.

  • Very stylish.Love the grey cardigan :)

    Eea

    http://www.eeapetrescu.com

  • love the midi but i feel like a frump when i wear it? this photo and look is fabulous. i wonder if i attempt to matchy-match and this combo is great together but somehow feels more random. wonderful !

  • Absolutely love the idea of a midi and I’m still searching for The One xx

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