As the weather warms and we ease ourselves out of lockdown (and loungewear), transitional fashion is back and with it, the wardrobe mainstay midi skirt.
Helping you sartorially tackle the unpredictable British spring, midi skirts are not quite a maxi, far off being a mini and versatile enough to be worn throughout summer and into autumn.
Mid-length skirts are perfect for giving your wardrobe a seasonal refresh, ditching the tights and transitioning into the more temperate weather.
Keeping us warm while allowing us to show off a bit of leg, too, they strike the perfect balance between dressed-up and laidback.
Complimenting most items in your wardrobe and any occasion, mid-length hemlines were once thought of as frumpy but have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. Now in the same league as classic white T-shirts, failsafe trench coats and your trusty pair of white trainers, midi skirts have become a wardrobe staple.
Endlessly versatile, dress them up for an evening out with a strappy heel and blouse or pair with trainers and a crop top for a picnic in the park.
Considering design, fit, comfort, quality and value for money, there’s a style for everyone in our edit – from denim pieces to replace your worn-in pair of lockdown jeans to silky designs that you can make a statement in once pubs reopen.
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Mango slit denim skirt
Ditching your everyday pair of lockdown jeans is made a lot easier with this Mango denim slit skirt. The light washed denim has a nice retro feel that works well for spring and summer. Denim skirts are at a risk of feeling quite rigid to wear – luckily for this piece, the front slit gives you the perfect amount of manoeuvrability while allowing you to show a little leg. The loops mean you can accessorise with a belt, too.
Maje straight crepe and stud skirt
We’re big fans of the chic and subtly elegant French brand Maje – and this stud skirt does not disappoint. Straight cut with two large slits at the front and back, the fit is flattering and contemporary while the metal studs award the skirt a quirky bit of edge. In-fitting with French style, pair the piece with a simple top and sandals for summer days or dress it up in the evening with a low heel.
Asos Design satin bias midi slip skirt
Giving us all the outfit inspiration we need for when pubs and bars reopen, this is a satin skirt with a twist – boasting cut-out waist detailing that is very in vogue for 2021. The taupe colour will compliment most tones in your wardrobe while the high-rise fit creates a flattering silhouette. The cut-out waist is adjustable and can be tied in a bow at the back adding extra character to your look.
Uniqlo satin narrow flared skirt, green
Satin skirts were the “it” buy of last summer and 2021 is looking no different. This simple offering from Uniqlo is under £30 and perfect for floating from daytime to evening, with its glossy feel lending it to both dressing up and down. The slightly flared fit creates a flattering silhouette while the sage green hue will give your outfit a splash of colour. Compliment the flowy feel with trainers and a crop top for spring days in the park.
Nu-in cargo wrap front midi skirt
An interesting take on the midi skirt, we like the utilitarian and cargo feel of this Nu-in mid-length piece. The wrap front slit reveals a flattering amount of leg while the two front pockets give it nice detailing and are surprisingly spacious. The fashion label earned a spot in our best sustainable knitwear brands round-up and this piece is made from a blend of recycled materials – awarding it extra kudos for its eco-friendly credentials.
Urban Outfitters archive pink floral y2k midi skirt
This vintage-inspired Urban Outfitters skirt is the perfect throw-on and-go piece that will make for an effortlessly cool weekend look. The floral print adds nice retro detailing to the piece, we love pairing it with a block colour top and Dr Martens. Its silky fabric feels far more luxurious than its price tag suggests and we like that the elasticated band means it can be worn both high on the waist or low down – a style increasingly popular this season.
Reiss luno white belted midi skirt
Elegant and stylish, this Reiss midi skirt boasts a wide belted waistband that can be fastened to create a flattering high-rise silhouette. The patch pockets and side-split detailing liven the skirt up and take it from the office into evening. A statement piece that will look just as good with a cami as it will with a turtleneck for smarter occasions and colder weather – you can’t go wrong.
Arket jayde skirt
Boho, flowy and subtly tiered, this Arket skirt is perfect for spring and summer. Its green and blue hued floral print gives the skirt all the detailing it needs while its A-line fit creates a laidback look that can just as easily be dressed up. Good quality with a silky texture, the piece is comfortable to wear with its high-waisted fit and floaty drape giving the skirt an extra swishy feel.
The verdict: Midi skirts
Perhaps we’ve just become too wedded to our jeans this last year, but we think Mango’s midi skirt is a great spring piece that will work with most things in your wardrobe. A comfortable fit with a flattering front split and stretchy feel to the denim, it’s perfect for transitioning into warmer weather. For something to wear of an evening, Asos’s satin cut-out skirt is an on-trend and flattering piece while Maje’s studded midi skirt creates an edgier look.
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