Mini,Midi, Maxi: The Ultimate Guide on Skirts and Dresses

Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered). Julius Caesar may have made this Latin phrase immortal but when summer rolls around, you can be the one conquering the streets in mini, midi and maxi skirts and dresses.

The Mini: Short, Sweet and Sexy
With all that leg on display, the mini is certainly the length that easily catches the eye. Just to refresh your memory, minis are always above the knee so you have to be game to showcase those gams. Shift dresses are usually the mini kind as the loose silhouette balances the display of skin. If you want to go higher and a wee bit tighter, a sheath dress is your best bet for flaunting all those curves.

A denim mini skirt is a great casual and daytime piece for summer, and works with just about any kind of top and any kind of footwear. Throw on some sandals, a tank top and some colorful chunky bracelets and you’re set! However, it’s at parties where the mini really sees some action, especially when paired with high heels, making your legs look miles longer. You can add a cropped jacket or even just a simple cardigan for a more structured look.

The Midi: Right in Between
Just like its shorter cousin, the midi‘s length varies from just below the knee to mid-calf. This length is also known by some as “tea-length” which gives it a nice, lady-like ring to it, don’t you think? Between the sleek, figure-hugging pencil-style midi and the full, A-line silhouette, I’d definitely choose the A-line. Balanced with a fitted top on your upper half, the midi skirt’s poofy look and classic silhouette is a winner for most body types and has that retro flair to it. This season’s popular ballerina skirts are of midi length while vintage styles like the shirtwaist dresses also pull off the A-line really well. However, don’t discount the pencil-cut midi skirt just yet. It’s perfect for the office because of its conservative length (a slit does the job for movement) and looks really smart with structured pieces, like blazers and button-downs, and power pumps.

Regardless of whether your midi is below the knee or mid-calf, it’s best to wear shoes with a little bit of heel to balance it all out. Taller girls can probably rock the midi with flats but petites and those of average height will need a little more boost in the height department. Strappy heels or wedges look gorgeous for summer while for fall, temper it with classic high-heeled pumps.

The Maxi: Go With the Flow
If you’re prepared to go the whole length, then the maxi is for you. Maxi dresses and skirts can be ankle-grazing but most actually do touch the ground. That’s why the first rule of maxi is to wear heels with it – because you don’t want to ruin that beautiful garment by letting it be trampled underfoot. This is especially important if you’re petite. Otherwise, I’d heartily recommend wearing a midi instead (and the better to show off that pedicure with sandals).

Simple maxi skirts can be worn with sandals and equally simple tops. However, if you’re opting for a solid-colored bottom, something patterned or printed on top wouldn’t go amiss. With maxi dresses, empire cuts are popular as they visually lengthen the torso. It’s really up to you whether you’d like a strappy, bareback maxi to show off that tan, or a T-shirt dress that looks sporty and cute with sneakers. Either way, you’ll definitely make a sweeping statement!