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Not Your Grandma's Midi

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The reign of the mini skirt as the It-length has finally come to an end – enter, the Midi-skirt. Also known as a tea-length, Spring’s longer lengths are chic and effortlessly wearable – not dowdy or frumpy. With a hemline hitting somewhere between knee and ankle, this long length is the new way to work a skirt.

This fashion-revolution started in the Autumn/Winter 2010 Collections, when the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada dropped the hems on curvy, full-skirted dresses. The trend really took of for Spring, when the runways spoke for themselves; midi and maxi-length striped and solid skirts and dresses at Jil Sander, gauzy white gowns and sheer skirts at ChloeD&G favored floral, countryside frock, and Marc Jacobs showed the new length in jewel-toned zig-zags and solids. Meanwhile, Diane von Furstenberg revealed longer, body-conscious dresses in bold, graphic prints.

Now, we understand that the mini skirt seems to have been made for Miami – but don’t be afraid of experimenting with a longer length. Contrary to popular opinion that a long skirt is un-sexy or matronly, sometimes there’s nothing sexier than leaving a little to the imagination – and showcasing awesomely tanned and toned calves and a killer pair of shoes.

Thakoon Addition, Marc by Marc Jacobs, ASOS, Diane von Furstenberg© Thakoon Addition, Marc by Marc Jacobs, ASOS, Diane von Furstenberg

Thakoon Addition Washed-silk Midi Skirt is vibrant piece with a definite place in a Florida girl’s wardrobe. The raspberry-hue is big for Spring, and the wrap-style manages to be slouchy in a really flattering, put-together way. Wear it with a plain tank or tee (in just about any bright or neutral) and your coolest shoes – the mid-length really plays them up. We could see this with chunky leather sandals, suede cut-out wedges, metallic booties, or strappy, studded stilettos. The more detail, the better.

If you’re looking for ladylike, look no further than the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bella Stripe Skirt. The skirt embodies everything we love about Spring fashion – midi-length, brightly colored, and boldly striped. Love to see this with a crisp or silky blouse in turquoise blue (or even mustard or magenta,) wood-heeled platform sandals, and a floppy sunhat for a day on South Beach. Wear it well into the work-week with a white button down blouse and pointy pumps.

Living in Miami, you can never have enough sundresses. Something simple and scant enough to keep you cool but covered enough to keep it classy. Luckily, the ASOS Strappy Midi Sundress is all of these things and cobalt blue. With a structured, sweetheart bodice and full, swirly skirt, this dress will make an hourglass out of any shape. Wear it as a base piece for a multitude of outfits - dress it up or down with flat sandals or ballet flats, round-toe pumps or aggressive high-heeled sandals. Experiment with cardigans and shrunken blazers, dangling earrings and bold, Lucite jewelry in candy colors.

Diane von Furstenberg’s Elalia Silk Dress is elegant and extravagant – check out this bold monochromatic print. A loose bodice floats away from a snug skirt that flares out into a rich ruffle mid-calf. This dress will easily take you from day to night, from beach to boat or even your own backyard. It’s a winner for Spring with flats or heels, and the black-and-white leaves you with plenty of freedom of choice when its comes to the color of your accessories – our advice is to go wild.

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