Hemlines have evolved through the dacades and weaved themselves in and out of the most tumultuous of times. Dating back to the 20s, hemlines were raised above the ankles and women embraced the fashion evolution in prevailing numbers despite designer’s efforts to maintain a fashion standard to lower hemlines.
Fastforward to the 40s where the "tyrant of hemlines," Christian Dior, introduced “The New Look”, a collection of long and full skirts. Though it helped revive the fashion industry after the war, many women protested the longer hemline. The feminist revolution of the 60s and 70s saw groups like FADD (Fight Against Dictating Designers), and GAMS (Girls Against More Skirt) that protested the longer hemline opting for the mini.
Today however, the midi silhouette has resurfaced and is more feminine and versatile than ever. They come in silk and satin lingerie like fabrics with thigh bearing slits. Some have buttons that run up and down the middle allowing us to play with more cleavage or show more leg. They can be cinched with belts similar to the look that I’m wearing. Statement sleeves and side pockets give this dress a modern edge and a perfect pairing with boots for day time strolls and heels for night-time gallivanting. Its flattering silhouette makes room to layer over a tee or turtleneck, and pair with pattern tights or high boots. You can even throw on a cropped jacket to add a little edge. Needless to say the midi will be my go-to dress this fall/winter.
We should be thankful of the women who came before us striving for freedom of fashion expression allowing us not to think twice about what we wear today which was once considered taboo, like pants;). Hope you like my style interpretation of this Hellessy midi dress. -Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa xoxo