The Midi Skirt: Then And Now

If in doubt at how to wear the midi skirt now, look to London’s Ossie Clark who first introduced the midi skirt in 1967.

No one was very happy when U.S. designers first introduced the conservative midi skirt to counter ultra short miniskirts in the early 70’s. Activist groups like the mini-loving GAMS (Girls Against More Skirt) and FADD (Fight Against More Skirt) organized into groups such as POOFF (Preservation of Our Femininity and Finances) to protest the new look and denounce the designers who pushed the style.

In contrast, when designers like Fendi and Celine confirmed their preference for spring’s long, ladylike skirts with a repeat showing in their fall collections – this time the look was universally embraced and adored. But while the new length is everywhere for fall, it can be tough to pull it off without looking like you’re playing a bit part on HBO’s Big Love series.

Take a lesson from Ossie Clark, the British designer who managed to persuade boutique babes in London to ditch the mini in 1967, and keep the volume up high and the waist defined. Contrary to the fear that the longer length will cut your leg off in a strange spot, the calf-grazing skirt actually makes legs look longer and slimmer. For a modern look, pair with ankle boots, cropped sweater or bomber and a fun accessory like a floppy hat to keep that cool 70’s vibe going.


Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.