Midi-skirt Madness!

After what seems like countless seasons of ever-shorter skirt lengths, my knees and I are rejoicing at the arrival of the midi skirt! Don’t have the legs (or confidence?) for a mini? Overwhelmed by the maxi? Love to be on trend with a ladylike classic for all seasons? The midi-is for you!

My personal midi-quest started after this picture popped up on my Instagram feed:

Anika at Veuve Cliquot in her fabulous midi skirt

Here sits AW, in all her fabulous glory at Veuve Clicquot’s Champagne House in France! After seeing this pic, I immediately added two things to my must-do-in-life list: 1. Visit the Champagne region 2. Get a fabulous midi skirt, stat! Number 2 seemed like a more immediately achievable goal and I hopped to it! (As a side note, in the days following this picture being taken, AW was engaged! Such is the power of the midi-skirt, sublime seekers!*)

As stylin’ as AW is, she’s not the only one sporting the ladylike length. Prada, Céline and Rodarte trail-blazed the revival of this 1950’s trend in their 2012 Spring collections, 18 months ago. The midi appeared again 2013 Fall/Winter (the season we’re just going into here), 2014 Spring collections and most recently again in the the 2014 Fall/Winter collections coming out of New York, London and Milan now! Read = a mid(i)-sized investment will serve you well in the seasons to come!

I’m sold! Show me the midi’s! 

As is the case with jumpsuits, midi’s are all of a sudden everywhere! My ever-patient, ever-resourceful shopping companion SW and I scoured Sydney city last Sunday in search of the perfect ladylike skirt for me. I bought three! (SW might have bought one or two too)! While the ‘scuba-midi’ (long pencil skirt) is also big this season, I only have eyes for A-line. These are my picks of what’s out now!

Classic in Black 

Country Road Cue Ponti Crepe SkirtDavid Lawrence skirtModcloth Poodle Midi SkirtEzra side slit midi skirt

1. Country Road $179; 2. Cue $259; 3. David Lawrence; $169; 4. Modcloth, $51.99USD; 5. Ezra via The Iconic, $29.95

Pretty Patterns

Sportsgirl skirt Review Skirt Lela Rose skirt J Crew circle skirt in nightgarden floral Portmans skirt

1. Sportsgirl, $79.95;  2. Review, $189.99; 3. Lela Rose via Net-A-Porter $2,551.14; 4. J.Crew, $298; 5. Portmans; $99.95 (I got this one! Squeee!)

Sublime Finds Portmans Midi Skirt Cover

Monochrome Magic

Laura Ashley Tibi Skirt 2 Veronika Maine Flared Asymmetrical Midi SkirtHalogen via Nordstrom ASOS Curve Midi Skirt

1. Laura Ashley, $125.95 (was $169) ; 2. Tibi via Net-A-Porter, $791.72 3. Veronika Maine $179; 4. Halogen via Nordstrom; (in regular and petite) $79USD; 5. ASOS Curve, $39.61

Lovely and Light 

Karen Millen skirt Witchery midi skirt Zimmerman skirt Asos love midi skater skirtSaba Charlotte Skirt light GreyZimmerman Skirt

 1. Karen Millen, $145 (was $279) ; 2. Witchery,$99.95; 3. Topshop, £48; 4. Asos, $62.72 5. Saba, $229; 6. Zimmerman, $2,500

Navy and Red

Kitten D'amourTibi SkirtModcloth Polkadot Midi SkirtModcloth Midi SkirtAsos full midi skirt in scubaNicholas Navy Stripe Silk Ball Skirt

1. Kitten D’Amour, $149; 2. Tibi via Net-A-Porter, $684.14; 3. Modcloth, $69.99USD; 4. Modcloth, $57.99USD 5. ASOS, $69.60; 6. Nicholas via The Iconic, $599,

Tips for midi success! 

Nervous? You can rock this, sublime-seekers! Some styling tips:

  • Tuck your top in. Exposing the entire length of the skirt will make your legs look longer!
  • Better yet, make that top form-fitting or pick a waist-cinching belt. Volume down the bottom, needs some flattering balance to avoid frump.
  • Like a low cut or midriff top? The midi makes the perfect partner. Demure enough to balance out the super sexy.
  • If you opt for a pencil/tube/scuba style midi (not featured here, we’re all about the a-line, full-skirted midi today) stick to heels. If you’re rocking a more voluminous midi, you can get away with flats, like AW did in her stylish champagne adventure!
  • Taller dames can pull off any length midi, shorter dames may be safer with a just-past-the-knee length, or a midi that stops where you leg starts to thin out towards your angle (read = fattest bit of your calf).
  • If your midi is longer but you’re not long-legged, your safest bet is a shoe with low contrast to your leg colour. Nudes are your friend.
  • Feeling a bit too Stepford Wives for your liking? Pair with some edgy accessories; a metallic bag, a studded bracelet.

However you choose to wear it, may your midi make you feel fabulous through all seasons and all regions… including that of the Champagne!

♥AS

*this may, or may not, be a total misrepresentation of the midi skirt’s powers.

Have you found a midi-skirt you love? Tell us below! 

Jumpsuiting for Joy!

It happened about a week ago: I woke up OBSESSSSSSSED with jumpsuits. Out of the blue. For the last 27-and-a-bit years I haven’t cared about jumpsuits (I am told I had a brief dalliance with them in that first year). I have gladly gone about my fashion life with tops, bottoms and dresses. Until now.

I’m not sure what sparked this sudden change, perhaps it was a season of jumpsuits seeping into my subconscious in the same way they tell you pictures of skinny girls in magazines make you feel like you have to be thin. Maybe it was my obsession with new app, Covet, and how freaking awesome my Covet character looks in jumpsuits (more on Covet in a in another post soon). Seriously, you can’t deny she’s rocking this:

Covet Jumpsuit

Whatever the source, I had a jumpsuit-sized itch to scratch. After a little online pre-shopping-prep to determine the location of my future-jumpsuit, I set out to Myer after work. The Bardot black, front-wrap jumpsuit did not disappoint! Half hilarious, half totally liberating, I immediately felt like my new jumpsuited self was way better than pre-jumpsuit AS. And better yet, it instantly made me happy! Sooooo happy! THIS happy:

Jumpsuit Joy!

But where you gonna wear it, girl?

Everywhere! The jumpsuit seems like the perfect outfit to wear in an apocalypse, to a hens night or as a contestant on The Amazing Race… basically any situation where you may be faced with a variety of unknowns. I could see it being awesome for shopping, a day at the races, a night out with the girls or when travelling. It is practical, entirely comfortable, dress-up-or-down-able and made me feel more than a little bit fabulous. I feel like so much life has been wasted, un-jumpsuited!

And I don’t want you to feel that way, sublime seekers! So I’ve scoured the web to find a BUNCH of fun and fabulous, ready-for-anything jumpsuits. I believe that picking the right jumpsuit for you is a question of body shape. Think about the part of your body you want to accentuate, and work around that. Funny about your legs? Choose a wide leg style. Want to show off the girls? Pick a v-neck.  There is every combo of loose and tight tops, middles and pants. It’s worth browsing around to figure out what’s best for you. In fact, start your browsing here!:

Best of Black!
If it’s your first time, like me, perhaps start here!

Bardot Wrap Front Jumpsuit First Class Jumpsuit Sheike Witchery Overall Jumpsuit ASOS Maternity JumpsuitBardot Slouch JumpsuitDissh Warner JumpsuitCamilla and Marc Continuous JumpsuitTree of Life

1. Bardot $119.95 2. Sheike $159.95; 3. Witchery $149.95; 4. Asos Maternity $$60.82; 5. Bardot $129.95; 6. Dissh $69.95;  7. Camilla and Marc via Jules and Roc $528; 8. Tree of Life $24.95

Nice in Navy!
Super chic, this look will easily take you from day to night!

Etsy Navy Blue Jumpsuit Wide Leg Palazzo KSclothingASOS Curve JumpsuitForever New Wendy Strapless Wrap Body Jumpsuit

1. KSclothing via Etsy.com $49USD 2. Asos Curve $69.29; 3. Forever New $119.99

Pretty Prints!
A super fun way to brighten up your weekend!

Jayson Brunsdon Vintage Orchid Jumpsuit Zimmerman Tamer Petal Jumpsuit Mister Zimi Geometria Farrah JumpsuitDissh Expedition JumpsuitCotton On Strapless Jumpsuit Stormy JungleSass and Bide The RadicalEvents Pineapple Jumpsuit

1. Jayson Brundson at Myer $189; 2. Zimmerman $695; 3. Mister Jimi $120; 4. Dissh $39 5. Cotton On $39.95; 6. Sass and Bide $490; 7. Events $55.98

Courageous Colour!
Make an impact with a jumpsuit in one of these bright hues!

Hayley Thin Strap Jumpsuit Jovita Cami Jumpsuit Aqua Jagger Jumpsuit with Bodice Top Dissh Dearest JumpsuitLouise Cross Front JumpsuitFinders Keepers via SurfstitchMiss Selfridge

1. Portmans (comes in 6 colours and prints!) $69.95; 2. Forecast via The Iconic $55.96; 3. Asos $88.19; 4. Dissh $89.95 5. Portmans (in two colours!) $69.95; 6. Finders Keepers via Surfstitch $139.95; 7. Miss Selfridge – Petite $80

Beautifully Bridal?
Because… you’ll be able to incorporate a high-kick into your bridal waltz?

Bridal Jumpsuit JCrew Bridal Jumpsuit 2Bridal Jumpsuit 3 

1. J.Crew; 2. Stephanie Allin; 3. David Fielden

Accessorise it up! 

No matter which Jumpsuit you choose, I am certain it wants to be accessorised. Think contrasting (to your jumpsuit) rather than complementary. Think belts and necklaces that are carefully chosen to draw the eye to the right spot. And shoes! Shoes will convert your jumpsuit from breakfast-appropriate to cocktail-appropriate.

I’m putting it out there lovely readers; if you haven’t already, it’s the trend to try in 2014. I am certain there is fun to be had in the land of jumpsuits! Jump on it!

♥AS

Have you got a jumpsuit? Do you want one? Where will/do you wear it? Tell us below!