Midi skirts are your office-wear life saviour. They provide enough coverage for you to look well put together and professional but still allow you to show off your calves. It’s chic and elegant, exactly like what the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn would put on every day.

Midi skirts might be a little difficult to wear if you’re on the short side, but don’t be mistaken for thinking this style is only reserved for lucky ladies who possess legs for days. The only thing that is getting in the way of you nailing the trend are the styling details. Believe it or not, this ladylike staple actually flatters every shape.

Keep reading for 3 easy tips on how you can wear this piece with ease! 

Decide on your silhouette first 
Midi skirts are characterised by their length (anywhere from below the knee to mid-calf) and there are many iterations of it. There are three main styles for the midi style skirt: 

1. the pencil style that is streamlined and fitted
2. the circle silhouette that is voluminous 
3. the fit (from the waist to the hips) and flare (near the calves) cut 

It’s important to decide on your silhouette first before working on the rest of your outfit. 

Polyester cord lace pencil skirt, $66.90 from Topshop

1. The fitted pencil style 
If you’re petite, a more fitted style might do you more justice. It is also a good silhouette to wear if you have an hourglass shape and want to play it up. 

Select a high waisted skirt and opt for a cropped top that leaves a sliver of exposed skin. This helps to break up your longer midi look, and not overwhelm your small frame. For the best lengthening effect, go for a pair of pointy toe nude pumps. If you are feeling adventurous, strappy heels can also elongate the total look and up your fancy factor. 

Polyester bonded fabric, $165.35 from ASOS

2. The voluminous circle silhouette 
When it comes to ways to wear the midi skirt, fuller styles can be trickier to pull off. Proportions are very important, so make sure you pair it with a fitted top and make the pouffy skirt the focal point of your outfit. This style can add volume to a more boyish straight figure. 

Jonathan Simkhai textured double knit skirt, $513 from Shopbop

3. The fit and flare 
This silhouette is one that is fun,and feminine. It’s fitted from the waist to the hips and flares out near the calves. Tuck your top into the skirt so that the entire skirt—from natural waistline to hem—is exposed. This helps to lengthen the leg line make your outfit more flattering.