This spring, the seventies have made a major comeback. Not in the stereotypical disco or hippie ways, but fashion took note from those women who were in the boardrooms, walking through college campuses and kicking ass on TV (Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman).
In the seventies women gained the right to be considered equal to men and started earning job positions that would put them on top of the most important companies, organizations and governments. It was also around the time when women put their own feminine twist on the men’s suit. It started with adding a skirt, the midi. While the sixties miniskirt was far too inappropriate for the office, the midi served as the perfect wardrobe staple that could bring them from the office to a night out on the town.
Designers took cues from the past, while giving the midi a new look for 2011. Whether it appeared in colourful daytime brights in Charles Anastase, or structured black work wear in Calvin Klein, they midi was so widely popular on the runways, it was made clear it would be the go-to skirt this upcoming season. The midi length doesn’t only appear in skirts but also in dresses for spring, as seen in Cynthia Rowley and DKNY.
How will you be wearing the midi?
- For work pair a midi in a neutral tone (black, grey, nude) with a patterned or ruffled blouse.
- On the weekend, a flowing midi (like those seen in Chloe and Marc by Marc Jacobs) with a simple top and a high bun will give you the perfect ballerina-on-break look.
- For a night out on the town wear an ultra body hip-hugging midi in a head-turning bright (seen at Prabal Gurung).