If I had to point to the one piece that can be used as a sartorial bridge from summer into fall…it’s a printed midi skirt. I’ve worn them with flat sandals and little tank tops, with sneakers and t-shirts, with chunky knits and boots. They are literally season-less and foolproof to style.
Since we’re getting into that in-between season — the one where we have knit scarves on the brain but sweat on the bod — it’s a good time to look to the SKIRT. So here’s our top ten list of our favorite printed midis right now. (I’m still partial to my Realisation Par one…but I’ve made my peace with it’s inherent design flaws — read about that, here.)
The 10 Best Printed Midi Skirts
1. Anine Bing
The TME Why: Because Anine Bing can do no wrong (and oh, hey! — it’s ON SALE). AAAAND….even though it’s a red zebra print(!?!)….it’s actually a super-wearable statement piece.
Perfect For: The tall, or the midi-fearful. On a tall mama, the skirt will fit as shown on the model. On the rest of us, it’ll hover somewhere between a midi and a maxi…but thanks to the high-low hem it’ll look perfect.
2. Free People
The TME Why: Still not over a silky leopard skirt.
Perfect For: Tall girls. This is basically a maxi skirt on me (I’m 5’3-ish).
The TME Why: A silky, leopard print, bias-cut midi is one of the most versatile pieces out there.
Perfect For: Someone who’s coveting that Realisation Par skirt…but doesn’t want to shell out for silk. (Also available in extended sizes!!!)
The TME Why: Sounding like a broken record, but…a silky, leopard print, bias-cut midi is one of the most versatile pieces out there.
Perfect For: Someone who wants to try out the silky midi trend without spending a fortune (this one is under $50).
The TME Why: We LOVE Reformation (and we’d wear it EXACTLY like this: basket bag, white tee, flat sandals).
If You Dare: There’s also a version of this skirt with a giant slit…oooo…count me in.
The TME Why: Maybe the most high-def snake print we’ve seen.
Wear With: Graphic tees, all day long. (Ok FINE – you could also pair this one with a chunky knit and black booties too, come fall. And leather jackets. And denim jackets. And sneakers. This amount of black in this pattern — and the intensity — means that this skirt will match basically anything.)
The TME Why: Because this is the best zebra print we’ve seen: black and TAN.
Wear With: Black sweater, brown boots. Really. (I mean…the boots shouldn’t be mud brown. I’m picturing a rich tan or mahogany or chestnut. Black would ALSO work but try the brown!)
8. Flynn Skye
The TME Why: Dainty florals look especially cute with sneakers (and obviously can be dressed up, too).
Wear With: Once the weather cools, I’d love to see this skirt paired with some sort of maroon sweater and knee-high boots. SO GOOD.
The TME Why: This print is black and white and super-tiny – it’s basically a neutral gray skirt…but one who goes away to college and comes back all interesting.
Perfect For: With tee shirts now, sweaters later….but I’d really love to see this dressed up with a silky gray (or silver) top. It’s a monochrome thing (think: sexy robot).
10. Amanda Uprichard
The TME Why: So. Chic. And. Pretty. And…ON SALE.
Wear With: A knotted gray tee and white sneaks…or comfy heels for a night out.