Feminine and flattering: Celebrate the re-emergence of the midi this Valentine’s Day

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Crop top: Made by Vanessa. Midi skirt:  Everything5pounds.com, £5. Shoes: T.K. Maxx, £20. Necklace: Matalan, £4. Clutch: Gift

THE 1940s AND 50s were an era of feminine chic. Although skirt hems were raised above the ankle to accommodate the modern woman, in order to avoid utter decadence women still maintained some knee or calf length in their dresses and skirts. This was a perfect balance of retaining some grace and virtue, but also embracing the new freedom of bold, shorter hemlines. As we know, the following decades saw the epic rise of the more revealing and more progressive minis.

The fear that hemlines only seem to be getting shorter can now disappear with the re-emergence of the midi. Since Spring/Summer 2013, women have been rediscovering the flattering and ladylike qualities of this style. The continual growth of the trend means that designers can experiment with a range of lengths and fabrics to accommodate any womanly shape, and perhaps it will remain on trend longer than it did in the 1940’s.

With its characteristics of elegance and glamour, the midi is your perfect go-to for Valentine’s Day. Opting for a midi skirt not only accentuates your waist and elongates your lower half, it also allows you the freedom to experiment with a variety of tops, which can be tucked in or belted loosely along with some simple accessories to achieve that timeless look. If a bodycon midi (as shown) is not to your taste, try a fuller skirt to achieve a more playful, girly look.