This length is classic and a little bit retro. The best part: It looks good on just about everyone. We have tips, tricks and tidbits to help you wear it in style.
Radiates: Ladylike chic.
It’s just right when: Hem hits at (or just below) the kneecap.
Ideal for: Work, cocktails.
Designers who do it best: Donna Karan, J.Crew, Marc Jacobs.
If you’re full figured: Choose fabrics that “give” (look for added Lycra and a bias cut).
If you’re tall: Wear a slightly longer length (two inches below the knee-cap) to visually enhance an hourglass shape.
If you’re short: Hem skirt to just above the kneecap to give the illusion of longer legs; wear as high a heel as you can stand (it’s tough-love time).
If you’re pear shaped: Avoid styles that taper at the hem (they magnify your booty); wear sheer hose (not opaque) to break up the heaviness of your lower half.
We have a major girl crush on Christina Hendricks, who plays Holloway on Mad Men. She puts the sass in secretary and does more for knee length (with her va-va-voom curves) than anyone else on TV.
1. King Henry VIII
3. John F. Kennedy
4. Eddie Fisher
5. Frank Sinatra
Narrow ribbed: The texture adds a cool factor.
Sheer black: Always right, never wrong.
Sheer black with back seam: Ubersexy, with a slightly retro vibe.
Opaque: Best in any jewel tone.
What to avoid: Overly busy designs—like lace—and anything super bright.
The heel can be stacked, square, slim or chunky, but to really dress up a cap-grazing silhouette, a pump is our first choice.
Walter Steiger suede pumps, $855; barneys.com.
1. Style should be fitted but not so tight that it puckers. Bold colors look modern.
2. Skirt should have a lining to ensure smoothness; avoid bulky fabrics.
3. Flats are not an option. Always (always!) wear this length with a heel.
Historically, women who worked were most often teachers, but in the early 20th century, they hit offices in droves and secured jobs as typists. They sat in a group and looked anonymous—a far cry from their fashionable cubicle counterparts today.
If you can't get enough of the feminine silhouette, modesty gets a makeover with midcalf skirts.
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