How To Wear: Midi Skirt for Petite Girls (Under 5ft3)

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How To Wear: Midi Skirt for Petite Girls (Under 5ft3)

Some people might say that “petite” girls (a nice word for “short”) should stay away mid or full length skirts or dresses, and there was a time when I would listen. I think a couple of years ago, I even said on my blog that I only wear things above the knee but I’ve always thought that both midi and maxi’s are really gorgeous and elegant, and I spent some time wishing I could look good in either.

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I’ve got a lot of maxi skirts now but always felt like I needed to wear platform heels or wedges sandals with it to give myself that that extra length to pull off maxi’s. However, I’ve found a skirt that skims the floor perfectly so I can wear it comfortable with flat sandals without it making me look stumpy.
I don’t shy away from them anymore and I reckon I’ve got mastered the maxi-for-petite girls, I am now dabbling in midi’s. Although, this black skirt is mid-length on me, I don’t think it’s a true midi skirt as it doesn’t go down to my calf, but anyway, it’s an awkward length on me all the same.
I’ve learnt a few styling tricks that works for when I’m wearing these “difficult” lengths. One is to wear the skirts a bit higher up. We’re not talking Simon Cowell style (ew), but pulling the waist band up to your belly button will give the illusion of elongating the lower part of your body. 
I’ve applied the same tip here, with my new black midi skirt. Also, if I want it to be an inch shorter so that it’s just above the knee, it can be rolled up once before securing with a belt but I’ve not done this here. 
This outfit doesn’t look good when I’ve got my hair down, as it just looks really “weighed down”, if that makes sense? Putting it in a top knot gives it a fresh look! Maybe I need a hair cut though, it is so long and feels so heavy at the moment! I’ve got an urge to get it cut short for Spring, but I don’t know if I’m brave enough. I’ll just get it trimmed!
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I’ve paired the skirt up with a fairly eye-catching top. Horizontal stripes doesn’t suit everyone but I prefer this than vertical, and the stripy top perhaps draws attention away from my skirt. I love this top, I have worn it loads since I bought it! 
Accessorising this with a red bag give this outfit a bit of a nautical vibe. The skirt is made of a soft jersey, it feels really nice. It’s light weight, and floaty, and totally perfect for Spring. There are loads of pretty ones on ASOS at the moment! On me, midi’s don’t look nice with flat shoes so I’ll always have to wear this skirt with heels! Bad for my feet, but good for posture!
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  1. 30th March 2014 / 5:29 pm

    This is the perfect length for you! I'm tall-ish and can't find the right length for me, everything just makes me look dumpy… I'll have to keep hunting!

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  2. 30th March 2014 / 5:46 pm

    hello dear, how are you? love your look here!
    so pretty. hats are perfect for you-suits you so well.
    how are your cats? 🙂 hope fine and i hope to see you again
    very soon.
    lovely greets
    happy sunday!
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  3. 30th March 2014 / 6:12 pm

    I'm actually not a big fan of this type of skirts, but looks really nice on you!!

  4. 30th March 2014 / 6:31 pm

    I actually feel like I look taller with my hair cut off. (From afar and with no height visual references, of course!) I'm loving it! You could definitely pull off short hair. Also I really like the length of this skirt. Hitting right below the knee is a good hemline for short girls – or really anybody. I think midi skirts just look awkward if they hit right at the biggest part of the calf. This length you're wearing is super flattering and very retro. I approve!

  5. 30th March 2014 / 7:38 pm

    This look is perfect! Lovely styling and I think the length is perfect for you. It's great being petite!
    Glad I stumbled across your blog <3

  6. 30th March 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Love this elegant look, especially the chic skirt and the eye-catching purse in red! You look like a Parisian fashion icon! Thanks for stopping by, xoxo

  7. 30th March 2014 / 8:45 pm

    You look gorgeous! I used to be terrified of wearing them too, but I am now obsessed and it can look so great! I am still awful with flats and maxis…it'll come! xxx

  8. 30th March 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Great tips! I will definitely benefit from these 🙂
    You're right about the hairstyle too, I always find that if I wear my hair down with a midi-skirt it can look a bit too much. The top knot looks fab 🙂


  9. 31st March 2014 / 5:50 am

    I'm 5ft 1 so anything thing that makes me look tall, I'm up for it! I've been loving anything maxi lately because I feel it gives an illusion of height, especially if worn high waisted like you mention, but still a tad wary about midi length items because I just find it ending at awkward lengths :/ That being said though, I really want to try a full midi skirt!

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  10. Anonymous
    31st March 2014 / 1:46 pm

    I loved the whole outfit! your so beautiful!! xx

  11. 31st March 2014 / 6:32 pm

    I'm so glad you blogged about this! I'm 5ft3 and really want to wear midi skirts but feel they're a little out of my comfort zone. I bought one from ASOS the other day and ended up sending it back as I wasn't sure I'd get much wear out of it. They can sometimes make petite girls look frumpy but you have proven that with the right top and shoes they can look super stylish on up short girls too!


  12. 1st April 2014 / 11:22 am

    I often shy away from midi and maxi lengths unless I'm wearing super heels as otherwise I can't help but feel frumpy.

  13. 1st April 2014 / 12:07 pm

    I never think of you as being petite, I thought you were taller than me and I am 5'5" so I guess your tips work 😉

    Maria xxx

  14. 5th April 2014 / 2:00 pm

    I've been looking at midi skirts for a while but always feel the length is a little too long, at 5'2'' I have the same complexes when I put skirts that are slightly longer on.
    This length looks perfect here and if I do wear a longer skirt then this is about my limit, I just pull the waist up a little too.

    ~ K

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