Fall's Midi Skirt: How to Wear It at Any Age

Beauty & Style 10

NordstromMid-length skirts, commonly known as midi skirts, are enjoying a fashion renaissance right now.

You might think of your second grade teacher when you consider skirts this length, but as you can see from the shot at your left, featured in Nordstrom's September catalog, it's come a long way since then -- and some of Hollywood's hottest young celebrities are rocking the look on a regular basis.

Still, you do have to be careful with this length -- if worn the wrong way, a midi skirt can look matronly, even on a supermodel.

Fortunately, I'm here to help!

Check out a few great ideas on how to make this look work, whether you're in your 20s, 30s, or 40s -- and see some affordable midi skirts you can score for yourself -- after the jump.







WhoWhatWearI love Saks Fifth Avenue's advice on how to wear this MARC by Marc Jacobs printed skirt. This particular skirt is more than $400, but these looks would work with any skirt of this length.


In your 20s, keep the look a little more eclectic, like the model in this Anthropologie shot. The bold crop top gives some unexpectedness to this gorgeous Sashed Sweater Skirt (Anthropologie, $148).


White House Black MarketIn your 30s, use up-to-the-minute accessories to keep your midi from looking too conservative. A leopard print scarf and unexpected shoes keep this 2-in-1 Sweater Dress (White House Black Market, $168) from being boring.

White House Black Market

In your 40s, pair a bright skirt with a more conservative top for maximum impact. I'm loving how White House Black Market styled this Flowing Leopard Print Skirt ($88).

Will you dare to wear a midi skirt this fall?

Images (top to bottom): Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, White House Black Market, White House Black Market

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tinyp... tinypossum

I just bought one and plan to wear it with tights and heels or boots. I'm not sure what age has to do with it, though. I'm in my 40's and I'd wear all those looks, depending on the occasion. I swear, does the Stir not employ anyone over 35?? Forty ain't dead!

Heart... HeartCharmMama

No, thank you! I'm way too short for this.

Lynette Lynette

I love the way that length looks on my legs, and I love that I can sit down on the floor or bend over for my kids and not worry I am exposed.  No having to pull my skirt down.  It's all about finding the right way to style it like in this post.  cute!

nonmember avatar Mary

Frumpayy! But on a 6-foot tall clothes hanger, everything looks good.

Carenann Carenann

I'm with you Tiny Possum, I thought 40 was the new 30? I don't like all those looks but I don't see any of them as inappropriate for a woman over 40!


Marsh... MarshaCWP

Maybe it's because I'm a 50-ish teacher, but all my skirts are knee-length or longer.  It's just more comfortable and modest.  Longer doesn't mean frumpier if you pair it with cute accessories.

And I thought 40 was the new 20, and 50 is the new 30!

CoolR... CoolRelax

Most of my skirts are this length, or knee length.  They can look classy and sexy at the same time, especially with some high boots or a heels.  Add a snug sweater or button down shirt...perfect.

Linds... LindsayFerrier

Hello, 40s ladies, the last look was for YOU! Maybe you missed it b/c of your bifocals. I KEED I KEED. I'm only 3 1/2 years away! And besides, I heard your 40s are even better than your 30s, so I'm excited! :)

Anne Sambora Ginsberg

Heck yeah, I wear this length, and longer, skirts!  It's all about how you style it.


mommy... mommyme2440

no. do not have the height or build to pull this off. i go just above the knee or ankle length, no in between.

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