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It’s time to banish the term “mini” from your skirt length vocabulary. Spring 2011 calls for a return to longer hemlines. Before you protest in fear of making matronly mistakes, you must learn the rules of modern maxi-ism. Bear in mind that appropriate shapes will vary with body type, and that styling is key when it comes to rocking midis and maxis. Look for styles that flatter your silhouette and fabrics that hang well. Modernize the look by pairing longer skirts with cropped sweaters and boots, or play up a midi-length with a crisp blouse, ankle socks and oxfords.

1. Style inspiration from Alice + Olivia Pre-fall 2011. Photo courtesy of

2. Minimalist maxis allow for ultimate styling versatility. Ella Moss Prima Donna Maxi Skirt (Approx. $100), available at Shopbop.

3, 7. Nothing says spring more than a maxi dress – just be sure to stay away from the “babydoll” variety. My picks are column-like silhouettes that flatter the body. Obakki Alsea Dress ($200) and Alice + Olivia Drapey Dress (Approx. $200), at Shopbop.

4. Tea length and midi skirts are the perfect alternative if you’re not quite ready to go the long distance. Lucca Couture Tea Length Skirt ($59), at Urban Outfitters.
5, 6. Look for skirts with unique textures and detailing, like draping and sheer panels. A side slit can also allow you to experiment with the look, like this Free People Striped Column Skirt (Approx. $78). Censored Maxi Skirt (Approx. $68), at Nasty Gal.

By: Valerie Tiu, Vancouver

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