Can A Midi Dress Look Chic & Not Matronly? Yes, Look At Gwyneth Paltrow
I’ll Have What She’s Having: An elegant midi dress that doesn’t scream old lady frumpy AND you can wear it to work!
Here’s some stylist advice on how to make a forever-chic statement like actress Gwyneth Paltrow in a knee-length number and not look matronly.
Turning head’s for over a decade with her innate sense of style that remains forever-chic, actress Gwyneth Paltrow‘s recent appearance in a minimal Burberry textured dress should work for you as a source of inspiration when considering alternative skirt lengths.
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Paired with equally chic classic pumps and a sophisticated Victoria Beckham purse, Paltrow’s below the knee-length midi dress boasts a figure flattering silhouette that looks relaxed enough to get you through the day while discreetly ladylike.
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And here she proves once and for all, a below the knee length skirt, that challenging proposition, and that is age-appropriate and timeless on any one of any age, as long as the attitude is right.
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Sure, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow, maybe she can wear anything, but who says you can’t consider donning something similar?
What made it work:
- Fuss-free hair & make-up with a cut that has a cool edge nonetheless- anything more “done” would just look old
- Minimal, elegant pumps in a dark hue paired with bare skin for a visual break -flats would have made her look too young
- While her dress has little to no detailing, it does boast a pretty sculpted shape (her figure is incredible!) in an off-beat color that makes it stand out
- Take note of how her purse is equally ladylike and full of details with a pop of interesting colors
- Save all accessories for another look, keep it that simple!
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Photos: Burberry and Victoria BeckhamPublished on May 01, 2012
Naveed Hussain, stylist and fashion editor, has a BA in art history and extensive knowledge in the history of fashion and social media outreach. Naveed also covers fashion, music and art and was assistant to the owner & editor at VagabondNyc, where he also contributed to FocusOnStyle. Naveed has unlimited access to current and future fashion news & trends. He has worked as a buyer and has styled for The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times.