Ah, the modest midi. The silhouette just screams, "I'm married to my corporate job!" Or does it? The length—hitting the sweet spot somewhere after the knees and before the ankles—actually leaves room for a wealth of versatility, and designers are taking full advantage. No longer relegated to the boardroom, the midi is ripe for all activities, even date night. The key to avoiding the common pitfalls of boring is to play with the cut and color. If you're sticking with the A-line, try a shocking color or slightly more swingy cut; if you've chosen the tight pencil skirt, go for a fun photo print. Not only are the skirt possibilities endless, but so are the styling (and destination) possibilities. Pair 'em with offbeat button-ups (to the office), colorful sweaters (to a restaurant), or sweatshirts for the high-low look (to the market.) Stuck in the cubicle until 9 p.m. on a Friday? Not so for our beloved midi—not anymore!
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.