I don’t know who invented the midi skirt but God bless ya. Longer than a mini skirt, (note: There is no good way to pick up a baby roughly the size of a small elephant off the floor in 3 inches of fabric without impromptu flashing — as opposed to the premeditated sort — everyone in the vicinity) but shorter than a maxi skirt (nothing wrong with a maxi skirt, but some days I just don’t feel like swiffering the floor with my garments.) Midi skirts are truly the Goldilocks of skirts. Not too short, not too long, just right…to get away with shaving only the bottom half of your calves.
4 Ways To Wear A Leopard Print Midi Skirt
The other great thing about midi skirts? They are versatile enough to wear year-round. Granted I’m in Texas where winter is any day that dips under 55 degrees. Still, technically year-round. I ordered this LOFT Midi Skirt (sadly sold out) during a Black Friday sale, and it has quickly become my go-to for the days where I have to leave my house and cosplay an adult.
Shop Animal Print Midi Skirts
Ok, this one isn’t animal print, but I am loving the neutrals and classic silhouettes from Black-Owned business RE ONA, particularly this Midi Ivory Skirt.
1. Leopard Midi Skirt: Winter Look
Chunky Knit Sweater + Tights + Booties
I have been feeling this slouchy silhouette recently. It plays with proportions in such a fun way, plus the contrast in texture. This Free People My Only Sunshine Sweater (on-sale!) keeps me warm without bulking me up. Paired with these polka dot tights from The Loft (similar), my beloved Camila Waterproof Booties and my leopard midi skirt I feel ready for winter…in The Lone Star State at least.
2. Leopard Midi Skirt: Spring Look
Graphic Tee + Flats
Shortly after having my 3rd (and final!) child ,I decided graphic tees were going to be my jam. Inexpensive graphic tees (factoring in baby spit up here). Target has been my go-to for comfy, affordable graphic tees. I paired my Target Rolling Stones graphic tee with the leopard midi skirt for some fun, funky pattern mixing, anchored with my nude/beige-colored Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats (similar).
3. Leopard Midi Skirt: Summer Look
Tank Top + Sandals + Sunglasses
“Move to Texas,” they said. “The dry heat will make summers bearable,” they said.
Whoever they is sits on a throne of LIES.
I don’t care who you are, 100+ degrees is hot no matter how you slice it. Breathable, lightweight fabrics, the less of it the better, are the only way to survive a Southern summer (unless you plan on living in the pool the entire time, which I also endorse). I purchased this $10 black lace tank top thanks to a brilliant recommendation from a member of The Mom Edit Insiders Facebook Group (Hey, Lisa). It’s a great inexpensive alternative to a Zadig & Voltaire tank top (how I covet thee. Here’s the one I have my eye on. One day you sweet floral & lace number, one day). I tucked this tank into my leopard midi skirt, slipped into some comfy Söfft gold sandals (I’m all about comfort — I have ankle problems — how old am I again?) and, my favorite Diff Eyewear Sunnies — Bella polarized sunglasses. I feel très chic — which is also all the French I can speak.
4. Leopard Midi Skirt: Fall Look
Short-Sleeved Turtleneck + Boots + Hat
I had a pair of boots I bought as a poor college student for $20 at a Macy’s in downtown Boston and just kept getting the zipper professionally fixed for years because THEY WERE THAT GOOD. Why did I give those babies the boot (pun intended?) I’m not sure, but I blame Florida. These boots I purchased from DSW when I moved to Texas a few years ago are the closest I could find and they really are perfect for fall. Paired with this slouchy pullover top (word up to Cam for discovering that gem three years ago) and my “Alexis” Phenix floppy wool & leather hat (EW DAVID). Totally ready for leaf-peeping (boop).
It’s easy to buy clothing items with one season in mind. Don’t be afraid to find ways to stretch a clothing item through multiple seasons. You might be surprised what a few tweaks can do to breathe new life into a long-forgotten item buried in your closet.