If you thought your choice of hemline was limited to the mini, maxi and midi, think again. The fashion industry has now introduced a new favourite hemline: the midaxi.
Featured on catwalks across the world and on the high street, this new length of skirt and dress sits between the maxi and the midi, an inch lower than the mid-calf and just raised above the ankle.
Could the midaxi become as popular as the maxi?
A Hit With Designers
For the 2019 Autumn/Winter season, designers such as Alexander McQueen created a midaxi with a luxe knitwear touch, while Clare Waight Keller wowed with micro-pleated, ankle-skimming skirts. A favourite designer choice with Meghan Markle, it is believed that Givenchy took much inspiration from the Duchess’ wardrobe for 2019, including the midaxi. Marc Jacobs, on the other hand, delivered a voluminous mint dress in a midaxi length.
Henrietta Rix of designer duo Rixo has stated that the midaxi is a good wardrobe investment that is also incredibly flattering. When you’re in a rush, a midaxi dress is a great alternative to maxi dresses if you want to wear something that you will feel confident in yet is not too overdressed for the office. The midaxi dress is also the perfect option to take you from work to evening drinks without so much as a second thought.
Ganni, an influencer favourite, is a brand that has long favoured the in-between hemline, particularly in its best-selling floral wrap dress, which falls to a flattering asymmetric tiered length. Ditte Reffstrup, creative director at Ganni, explained that the midaxi is both extremely practical and simultaneously sophisticated, with an easy length that proves very versatile.
Popularity of the Midaxi
However, if you would like to stick to the traditional and timeless maxi dress, browse a range such as that by https://www.axparis.com/collections/maxi-dresses
Designer store Selfridges has also experienced a boom in sales of the midaxi as it becomes the shop’s new fastest-selling dress shape. In fact, the store’s buyers have increased options for the new hemline by 400 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018 as it responds to demand from its customers.
Providing a chic silhouette, the midaxi is the perfect update to the maxi dress, which can easily become too casual or formal depending on the choice of fabric.