In Full Swing

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Let the truth be told —  I have a devout dedication to midi skirts. Pastel, bright, leather and striped run the gamut. Though jazz composer J. J. Johnson may have alluded to musical instruments and digital interface when he said “midi is my hobby”, there is in fact no less enthusiasm when parlayed into the fashion realm.

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Despite being a relatively new trend on the scene compared to maxis and minis (its debut appearance in the Spring 2014 collections), the midi trend is no stranger to the fashion industry’s paramount crowd with its demure, ultra-feminine ’50s vibe. Though many claim its origin dates back to the ’60s when the French introduced the “longuette” look in the cusp of Fashion Week Fall 1969, the new midi silhouettes we see this time around are darker and weightier with a look that’s more feminist ’70s than feminine ’50s.2-141-11

So lengthy history and raving aside, what’s an avant-garde style that delivers the chic + comfy look adorned by trendsetters and trend seekers alike? Here’s a clue — it contains an array of prints and patterns in one! Want to recharge your midi skirt with polished not punchy details and keep the vibrant hues in check? Then bring a refined flare to an A-line skirt with a striped pleated skirt like this Red Valentino one!   1-141-26

In my outfit today I chose this perfect knee length skirt with crisp box pleats and paired it with a 3D rose white top from Lookbook. Channeling the effortless elegance of Grace Kelly, who’s signature look is the full 50’s skirt, I kept the look dainty and demure with these strapped heels that I got on sale at Nordstrom, where now you can save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Clearance Sale through November 11! And how versatile can this look go from ladylike chic to “dress for success” business ready with a fitted blazer! Say you need to kill two birds with one stone and make a 9-5 attire become 5-9? Then throw on a blazer and bowl them over in the boardroom and STILL look swoon-worthy without it when you’re en route to your rendezvous!  1-82-2

There are plenty of different ways to wear the midi skirt this season. Tell me, do you like the more demure ladylike look with pleats and vibrant hues, or offbeat dressing with leather and checkered print? 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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Photos: Jason J Photography

Top: LookBook// Skirt: Halogen// Blazer: H&M// Heels: Steve Madden// Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs// Shades: Prada

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173 thoughts on “In Full Swing

  1. Hello my friend! I apologize for being MIA for the past week or so. I am in love with this look! You look stunning! I was actually never into midi skirts until this season and I am glad I gave them a shot. I think they look flattering on everyone. The color of the skirt is amazing! And it looks so chic paired with the blazer. I hope you have a great day! ~ Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Thank you Lauren so happy to see you stop by! I loved reading your last post about breast cancer awareness month and always find so much inspiration from your words. And indeed I can imagine this would be a stellar look on you too!! Have a grat one dear! 🙂

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    • Hi Shireen yes that’s a great point! I would suggest stilettos like these with very thin straps as they help elongate the legs! And midis with just below the knee length or 2-3 inch below the thickest point of the calf looks best! 🙂

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  2. The pleating and the blue and black horizontal strips on that midi are perfection. I just ADORE this edgy, lady-like look on you, Lena! XO – Danielle

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  3. I love your sandals! I always wanted a pair like these 😀 and your skirt looks very professional and also flattering ^_^ your pictures are a pictorial from Harper’s Bazaar ! Xx

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  4. That skirt is to DIE for!! Seriously loving the way that you styled it, the shoes are perfect and minimal and don’t take away from the fabulousness of the skirt. Gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing more of your style!

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    • Hi India! Thanks for stopping by, I think thin-strapped stilettos are very versatile and goes well with a lot of outfits. I usually go for those that have a lot of sole support as that really put the burden off of my toes. How about a high-waisted midi that flares slightly past the knee? I love how they look great with crop top and boxy sweaters alike this Fall! xo~

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  5. Hi Lena,
    Fabulous, fabulous look! I love the stripped midi skirt and the heels. I have a pair of black heels just like them. The combination of the skirt, rose textured top, and shoes gives it all a feminine touch that just radiates. I love this demure look! You look stunning my friend. 🙂
    XOXO, Maria
    http://theclassifiedchic.com/

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  6. Wow this outfit is utterly gorgeous! It’s my idea of an ideal outfit although I’m not sure midi skirts would do anything for my height! But it looks great on you and I love the subtle pleats of the skirt 🙂 I’ve also been eyeing that Marc Jacobs bag for an everyday/work bag, would you recommend it Lena? xx

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  7. I love midi skirts! I have a floral one 🙂 But I don’t have nice long legs like you lol I’m pretty short! I did buy a 2nd one online but then had to return it because it stuck out all around and made me look like a balloon lol! All good now haha! But I think you look gorgeous as always and once again, you do soooooo well with the awesome photography and modelling!!

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    • Thank you Marlene that’s very sweet of you I’m glad you liked this photo shoot! The midi skirt is such a versatile look and though it comes in so many shapes and sizes it can often be tricky to pull off. I usually play with the lengths by wearing it with a crop top and stilettos, at the same time making sure the shape is not too bellowy and the hem ends an inch below my knee – this really helps elongate your legs! Hope that little advice is helpful in some way 🙂 Have a great one dear!

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      • Thanks for the tip Lena! The one I have is just on the knee and I usually like to tuck it into my clothes. But I would much rather wear a crop top haha but you have a figure in which you can pull it off and I hope I can too! X

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