From Mini to Midi: Flooring the Hemline

May 11, 2008 • Magazine

From Mini to Midi: Flooring the Hemline

From Mini to Midi: Flooring the Hemline

Sun, 2008-05-11 03:00

Rachel Yeomans

I recently acquired a sleeveless Marc Jacobs silk dress, which is now my most prized possession for the spring season. However, I was a little nervous about its acceptance into the current fashion world being the fact it dons the label of “midi”—aka below the knee. Would my Marc Jacobs be dissed due to its extended hemline?

Upon donning the new garb to its very first fashion show, instead of being ridiculed out of bottle service, it was given an applauding toast! I was so excited to feel so feminine and put-together in my new outfit, and also to feel so comfortable! I own my minis like every other female, but there are times I’m more concerned with how I’m positioned more so than events around me. This shift in a dress was a very welcome shift in my wardrobe.

To expound, I also am very conscious of mixing social garments with work attire — my wardrobe is already too large to restrict my multiple ensembles to just one social circle. After the induction of my new midi into the world of fashion, I paid attention to the professional sector at my next work conference. To my surprise and delight, I noticed many-a skirt and blazer among the masculine suits hobnobbing over portfolios. At that point I realized that my new dress could easily be paired with a cardigan to extend into casual Friday’s! It also gave me an excuse to replace some of those out-dated blazer/slack combinations festering in my closet.

I feel I must point out that my dress didn’t reach the ankles – much less below them — to qualify it as gown material. I am not saying that gowns should be avoided (the floor-length body-hugging Rock & Republic Fall 2008 line would object). However for an individual such as myself who has to mix conference with cocktail hour during the warming seasons, I am relieved to discover a hemline that provides a professional fashion statement.

1. Rachel Pally ‘Mexica’ Convertible Dress
2. Nicole Miller Silk Dupioni Halter Dress
3. Rock & Republic Fall 2008 Collection
4. Chloe Color Block Tank Dress
5. Marc Jacobs Crepe de Chine Dress
6. Alice + Olivia Belted One Shoulder Dress
7. Diane von Furstenberg Kaimo Dress
8. Bottega Veneta Chiffon Covered Dress

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