Nowadays, skirt and dress lengths come in all varieties, from mini to maxi. Hooray for choices!
But one of the most commonly asked (and Googled) questions remains: “What is an appropriate skirt length?”
The new think is that there are no rules. So our first piece of advice is that you try, try, TRY different lengths, and decide for yourself what you prefer and what works with your lifestyle.
Ready for more? Have a few different lengths in your arsenal. On this second point, we bring you our top tips for pulling off each option.
Got great gams? Go for it. The thing about a mini is that you’re showing off your legs (go you!), so let them be the main event and keep the rest of your look classic.
Skirt: Boden ($120); Shirt: J.Crew ($98); Shoe: Sam Edelman ($130); Bangle: Deepa Gurnani ($98); Bag: Tessabit ($255); Skin Tint: Ilia ($48)
For many years this was considered the “appropriate” length for grown-up women, and not for nothing: It’s flattering on most bodies. As for style, mix it up. Texture? Sure. Color? Great. Print? Hells yes.
Skirt: Boden ($150); Top: & Other Stories ($59); Boots: Boden ($330); Lip Gloss: RMS Beauty ($28); Bag: RED(V) ($238); Earrings: Nordstrom ($35)
Ah, the midi. A Six to Sunday favorite. The length makes it appropriate for any setting, but it’s not so long that you’ll be encumbered with too much fabric.
Skirt: Reformation ($148); T-Shirt: Everlane ($30); Sweater: Gap ($79.95); Sandals: Sam Edelman ($120); Belt: Madewell ($60); Bag: Rebecca Minkoff ($248); Blush: RMS Beauty ($35); Perfume: & Other Stories ($40)
There’s something undeniably elegant and flattering about the long line of a maxi skirt, and when done in a gorgeous color, print, or luxe fabric, it definitely brings the wow factor. While this style isn’t recommended for a day of running errands, or for a festive fete (bridal shower, party, etc.) we think it’s smashing.
Skirt: Farm Rio ($185); Shirt: Banana Republic ($39); Sandal: Charles & Keith ($56) or Everlane ($85) or Charles & Keith ($56); Bag: COS ($120); Earrings: 8 Other Reasons ($35); Lip Tint: French Girl ($20); Bangles: 8 Other Reasons ($65)
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