Great Lengths

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While the heat of summer usually means raised hemlines like sundresses, miniskirts, and cut-off denim shorts, this season the bar has been raised — or should I say lowered.  Long "midi" length skirts are the newest trend for the summer, and by using a few simple styling tips, it could become your go-to look!

You may be concerned that these calf-length skirts will look dowdy, but choosing the right skirt style and accessories will have you on your way to an effortlessly chic ensemble.  Below is a look from the Chloe Spring 2011 collection – I love the polished combination of the swishy skirt, streamlined top, and punchy flats! (Can't remember the last time I saw flats on the runway… can't say I hate it.)

As this Chloe look suggests, a lightweight and flowy fabric is essential for the right execution of the trend — the silky chiffon and vertical pleats on the skirt below are shockingly similar to the one above.  This pale blue piece is perfectly breezy, and paired with a simple cropped tank, it looks incredibly modern.  If you don't want to wear flats, sturdy wedges are great for elongating your legs and adding contrast.

You can achieve the same easy look with even less effort when you try a midi-length dress.  Pair a simple midi-dress with a waist-cinching belt and chunky shoes.  I'm obsessed with the white dress below — notice the hemline is asymmetrical! This makes it a great option for those who aren't up for the full-on midi trend; a portion of the dress comes above the knee, just like your favorite minidress from last season.

Try adding any of these easy footwear & accessory options and you'll be set for the summer! 

{ the perfect neutral flat to dress down your skirt }


{a go-with-everything belt that will tame loose shapes}


{a subtle cheetah pattern adds a bit of an edge!}


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