Saturday, November 29, 2014

Calf-length silhouette.

Top: Infinite Pixie

Skirt: H&M

Heels: The Closet Lover

Necklace: Thomas Sabo

Bracelet: Pandora

I've got a deep-seated obsession with midi pencil skirts! I hardly wear my minis nowadays 'cause I feel like I look too sleazy whilst midi pencil skirts give a so much more sophisticated look. Maybe age is catching up with me or 'cause I don't get to dress up like an office lady to work. But I choose to believe that this is most likely another of my fashion phase/craze.

The midi skirt was made popular in the famous movie, Bonnie and Clyde. We've seen designers ricochet between maxis that take it to the floor and impossible-to-hide-your-butt-cheeks minis, yet fail to bring back the midi trend which so many of us hunt high and low in vintage shops for, until now. The calf-length silhouette is probably here to stay for awhile since it's so transitional. Pair it with a blouse and you're ready for a day at your office, pair it with a crop top and you're all set to party the night away. This 70s revival has definitely got fashion crushing for a number of seasons now and we've seen them on runways in a hundred and one different designs -- fitted, a-line, textured, sheer, lace, jacquard, mermaid hemline, etc.

The thought of bisecting the calves and hiding in a voluminous amount of fabric (more so for petite and vertically challenged girls like myself) may seemingly make us look frumpy and significantly shorter. Fret not 'cause there's a couple of tricks to pulling it off in a midi!

If you're donning a midi skirt which usually means more length and volume (especially those full skirting like the A-line or those with flouncesat the bottom, it's important to always keep it balanced and streamlined above the waist. A crop top often makes a perfect counterpart. However, if you're not into belly baring, a tube/spaghetti top would do too. And if you're not wearing a crop top, do remember to have your top tucked in! Another tip is to put on a waist-cinching belt.

Picking the right pair of footwear to go with your midi skirt can be a little tricky, unless you were blessed with model-like height. I personally think it's fine to pair it with flats like a pair of strappy sandals. But of course, nothing beats a pair of heels. A thin strappy pair of heels or the classic pumps (preferably nude) would do the job. Nude pumps are well known for giving you an extra bit of height 'cause it matches your skin tone and that gives an illusion that your legs go on forever rather than having it "chopped off" with any other coloured pumps. It's just an illusion, then again, whatever works right?

Photos by Gian

"I'm not a risk taker. I don't do plunging necklines or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery."
- Kristen Bell

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