If we are to take into account the fall/winter 2010-2011 season we can easily spot a strong preference for long, ladylike skirts with a subtle retro vibe. Those who decide to invest in such a stylish skirt will surely be pleased that their choice will pay off in the next season as well being one of the trends that will continue to be smoking hot for the following season as well.

With the strong inspiration from the ’70s we’ve seen lately on the runways it’s no surprise that this trend is having an increased popularity with each new season.

As a trend begins to become more prevalent the combinations and designs available tend to multiply as well, creating a greater diversity that satisfies a wide range of tastes. This is exactly the case with the mid-calf length skirt which comes in a variety of different styles from loose fitting, flowing dresses or classic cuts to masculine styles or or interesting mixed prints combinations. As it can be noticed midi skirts are by no means boring as they tend to be very versatile and stylish when used in well thought, creative and expressive outfits.

SunoRachel ComeyMoschino Cheap and ChicRebecca Taylor

Those who like to take a few well calculated fashion risks will definitely find collections like Suno or Rebecca Taylor a worthwhile source of inspiration as they offer a tangible proof of the fact that eclectic outfits formed by pairing different styles of prints can be a successful and fashionable choice for a variety of occasions. Combinations between different print styles can be an excellent choice when an eye catching vintage vibe is desired.

On the other hand those who want to stick to conventional style rules that will ensure a flawless outfit that will greatly diminish the risk of committing faux pas, opting for a single printed items and pairing with wisely picked solid colored items is a good alternative. By choosing prints and patterns on the body part you most want to emphasize and choosing solid colors on the other parts you can easily create a flattering look. In need for stylish outfit ideas? Moschino Cheap and Chic, Alice+Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vena Cava or Rebecca Taylor offer a series of excellent ideas you can use to rock this trend.

Cynthia RowleyMarc by Marc JacobsVena CavaDiane von Furstenberg

However, engaging in complicated style combinations or complex designs is not the only way in which this interesting trend can be embraced. For those who are more drawn to a minimalist fashion style designer offer plenty of style suggestion as well. By opting for powerful, vibrant colors, opting for a series of creative accessories as well as by combination different fabrics a variety of beautiful, office appropriate outfits that march the business chic definition can be created in a matter of minutes.

These style rules can be applied individually to various occasions depending on the desired impression each woman wants to make. For an androgynous look like the one presented on the Steven Alan or Tracy Reese runways, opting for masculine elements such as a loose fitting sweater or a masculine hat style as well as a beautiful pair of flats might be all that you need to create the desired impression.

A classy and stylish piece, the midi skirt is a classic item that will quickly prove its usefulness if you are creative and you use it to create stylish and versatile outfits. Judging by the increasing popularity of the trend, it can be quite easy to assume that it will become a must have for the season so make sure to consider this option when beginning to update your wardrobe for the following seasons.

Organic by John PatrickTracy ReeseReem AcraSteven Alan

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