It seems that in the past 100 years, hemlines have been on a steady rise. They swept the floor in the early 1900s, crept upward in the ’20s and ’30s, and reached a peak at the mini in the ’60s. Since then, though, skirt lengths have been all over the map, settling in very comfortably in 2014 with a solid “anything goes.” Each hem length has held its own, when it comes to seasonal trends. If you’re looking for new ways to style your favorite type of skirt, steal inspiration from the spring 2014 collections.
For the workday: Try a midi! Just because the skirt is longer doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy or ultra-conservative. The length allows you to play with color and pattern like this Burberry lace number.
On the weekend: Grab a mini. The temps are finally on the rise, so it’s time to let loose and have fun. Pair your skirt with a boxy top and contrasting flats, like Peter Som, and you’re ready to go from sunup to sundown.
In the evening: Work a maxi. A full or pleated skirt, like this Proenza Schouler one, keeps you from looking matronly. The skirt’s full coverage allows you a little more leeway on top—think a cropped or cutout version.