A crossover between uppers and bottoms, the word midi traditionally defines calf-length—that is featured in a top or coat, or within skirts and dresses. And just like everything else in fashion, the world of midi clothing has long evolved to reinterpret this classic, comfy silhouette. Midis are especially relevant for modest dressers, with their flowy fit and fuss-free cuts.
Midis have had a long and colourful history. Originally in the 1940s, the midi-length—especially in the form of a skirt—was popularly embraced as a statement for a variety of women-centric movements. But this didn’t last long until midi clothing poked its head out again in the 1970s. As a result, seventies were in fact called ‘the year of the midi’ by then influential publication heads and fashion editors, and it has now thoroughly achieved the much redeeming status of a classic cut. For 2018, it is bigger than ever with history repeating itself. Shown on the SS runways of everyone from Kenzo to Louis Vuitton to Acne and Burberry, the midi length has once again reigned supreme.
Consequently, we are completely in favour of iconic cuts that stand the test of time, and we have picked three midis that you can mix and match with an endless array of bottoms. Easy to style, these would soon become your absolute wardrobe staples.
White Collarless Midi Shirt
A twist to your white regular-length shirt is this White Collarless Midi Shirt creating summery vibes. Fashioned to be timeless, this midi features a faux placket in its round collar and a large stitched cuff. These add a hint of subtle and classic detail. Additionally, mini slits on either side ensure ease of movement. And the rest of the shape is kept simple for everyday wear. Ideal to pair with any of your trousers for a formal look, and maybe with jeans or leggings for a more casual take, it is really a matter of wearing it with anything within reach.
If you want to amp up things a bit, try a multi-layered skirt underneath and an open-front kimono or trench on top. Belt it up on the inside or dress it up with brooches or necklaces. Most of all, white enables you to experiment with every colour in the palette to pair and is an obvious essential to own amidst midi clothing.
Plum Rayon Blend Shirt
In a rich berry hue, this Plum Rayon Blend Shirt brings about chic elements from midi clothing and shirt dresses! Crafted in a slightly textured fabric, it features a shirt collar and cuffs that gather the sleeves a teeny bit. Featuring slits on both sides, blended in darts help with a better fit while a regular hem keeps things single. The fabric can be sheer under certain lights; we recommend wearing it with a layer underneath. Otherwise, you can club it with our line of trousers for a stylish evening look.
The silky texture of the shirt also works well with our dressier hijabs, while shoulder-dusting earrings add a bit of high-fashion drama. Wines and berries are best paired with darker neutrals; this shirt would go great with blacks, greys, and dark browns. Finish off with any style of heels!
Blue Cotton Midi Shirt Dress
In a shade inspired by the lightest of Grecian skies, this Blue Cotton Midi Shirt Dress is perfect for holidays. Another one of our favourite midi shirt dresses, it is slightly longer with a curved hem falling below the knees. As a result, the inclusive dipping allows easy movement and adds a style element. A basic shirt collar, a long button placket, and regular cuffs finish off this dress. It can be comfortably paired with everything from pencil-cut to wide-legged trousers. The fabric is crisp ensuring a nice clean fit and it is straight cut for appropriate modest style.
As it is made in a light shade, it will go well with pretty much every colour. Wear it seamlessly with darks, pastels, and whites. All you probably need is over-sized Jackie-Os, lots of SPF, and sturdy shoes to traipse through cobbled streets and beautifully rustic rivieras.
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