If you wait long enough eventually everything comes around, so it’s a happy day now that long skirts are back on the fashion scene. You can hear the roar of cheers from gals over 40. And for our special community, one blogger nailed it when she said, “this skirt is for girls that sit like boys”
Not only are these skirts very practical, if you wish your legs were a little more attractive, but they are so darn pretty and feminine that they are flying off the racks. Think Grace Kelly in Rear Window, 1954. They’ve come from the vintage stories back to mainstream fashion.
Romance and whimsy walk down the runway in the form of this classic “Tea Length” skirt which was highlighted by designers such as Christian Dior, Alice + Olivia, and Proenza Schouler. The hemline of this skirt hits about mid-calf for an ultra-ladylike look. Here are some tips for pulling this retro silhouette without looking like you’ve come straight from the 50s:
What to Wear With Long Skirt
When it comes to what to wear on top of a tea-length skirt, the options are really endless. Just be sure that you choose something more fitted, in contrast with the skirt, so that you don’t end up looking swamped in fabric. Since the skirt is a dramatic piece in itself, select a top that doesn’t try to compete with it. A classic button down shirt in white, or with a blazer like this outfit from North Style, looks classy paired with a floral A-line tea skirt.
For a more casual vibe, opt for a cotton tank and a jean jacket.
Tea-length for the TG Girl
These skirts are so such a cute and comfortable and work really well for the taller girl. Because the fuller skirt gives you proportion and balance. As you see from these two examples, the midi skirt is both contemporary and fashionable. The skirt on the left gets some added flirtyness with the peek-a-boo cutout while the lace below skirt on the right is nothing short of sexy. Notice the well fit blouses as baggy you do not want.
If you’re shorter, choose a skirt with a higher waist and accent with a belt (not wide) . This will make it look as though you have longer legs.
The tea-length skirt is a versatile piece that can easily transition from day to night. Here’s an example of how to wear a pleated midi skirt. By day at the office, pair this pink and grey midi skirt with a classic, fitted white shirt, colorful cardigan, and wedges.
Going out for dinner? Glam it up with a silky camisole, leather jacket, clutch, and heels.
When shopping for your skirt, choose one that you’ll be able to pair with multiple outfits. A neutral skirt is one good way to do this. A patterned skirt can be very versatile too, because you can wear it with any color pulled from the print.
Shoes to Wear With Long Skirts
Since a longer skirt covers so much leg, you will want to somehow lengthen your legs and feet as much as possible. A flat shoe can make you look stumpy, so choose a shoe with a bit of a heel. A wedge is a great option for a comfortable heel that’s easy to walk in, even at taller heights. A kitten or mid-height sandal is another warm weather option that can be found in a variety of cute spring colors to add a playful pop to your outfit.
Need something more formal? Try a classic black pump with an A-line tea skirt for a timeless, classy look. The footwear to avoid when wearing a tea-length skirt: booties. Any shoe that sits higher up on your foot is going to shorten the look of your leg. Stick to an open shoe and don’t be afraid of a little toe cleavage for that extra length!
Try it Out!
The tea-length skirt may seem intimidating to style, but you can easily avoid looking too retro as long as you keep the rest of your outfit looking minimal and modern. Bold colors and accessories are a great way to keep it looking fresh. So embrace your romantic, feminine side this spring with this classic silhouette. Here are a few examples from Nordstrom. Check them out
Not to be outdone by the experts, here are a few reader comments from Fabulous After 4o on wearing the midi-skirt.
I agree with others who mentioned boots with longer skirts. In my view, a cool pair of boots save the longer skirts from looking frumpy. Also like the look of black tights/hose with black shoes to create a similar sleek effect. For eveningwear, a below knee dress looks elegant, but needs the elegance of high heels and/or strappy sandals. I love long skirts worn with cool belts and scarves … but again, boots save the day! (and more comfy than pants in my book)
I always wear my skirts at the most flattering level for my figure. I do like them a little longer if wearing with boots. IMHO I think, if the skirt is fuller, it can look great longer – longer slim skirts can move into the dowdy area. It’s an individual thing but at least those of us who love the longer skirt and having it swish around will be right in style.
I love them! I think they look very feminine and can be dressed up or down. Agree they need a pretty strappy sandal to make the look complete , especially in the warmer weather.
Lastly, how 10 different girls styled a midi. Lots of ideas for your look book