Current fashion is all about tucking and semi-tucking into high-rise pants, skirts and shorts. Although I’m a tucker, I like to wear tops untucked too. Many of my clients prefer wearing tops over bottoms instead of tucking them. They prefer their tops on the fluid side of tailored, and not body-con or oversized. These types of tops are hard to find, so I’m always on the lookout for them. They are especially hard to find for flared midi skirts when, ideally, you need them in a shorter length to create more flattering proportions.

These outfits showcase the type of shorter top that works well with flared midis. Of course, you can wear them with straight midis too. The colours here are neutral, but choose any colour palette. In each case the top is fluid and shorter, which visually lengthens the leg line from the thighs upward.

1. Sporty Drape

Combine a flared midi with a shorter, twist-front top. The drape is comfortable and forgiving of midsection bits. The knot hints at a waistline which provides subtle structure. The high-contrast top here creates a strong horizontal line, but a low contrast would create a vertical dress effect. Sneakers make the look practical and modern, but choose any shoe to finish off the look.

Universal Standard Lara Short Sleeve Twist Top

2. Relaxed Dressy

Combine a flared midi with a tie-front top. The tie hints at a waist, which provides structure despite the relaxed fluidity of the top. The tie draws the eye up and down thereby accentuating the vertical integrity of the outfit. Heels create a dressy vibe, although dressy flats would look just as fab.

Eloquii Pleated Midi Skirt

3. Hard-Edged Boho

Combine a prairie or tiered midi skirt with a boxy longish tee. Knot the tee at the hem to create waist definition for outfit structure. The lower you knot the hem, the longer the finished length of the tee, and vice versa. Add gladiators or sandals of your choice to finish off the look.

J.Crew Midi Skirt with Eyelet Trim

4. Arty Flounce

Combine a cropped and fluid cardigan or crop top with a flouncy midi. Button the cardi right the way through so that it looks like a top and not a topper. Finish off the vibe with sandals, slides, wedges, espadrilles, ballet flats or high heels, and a bag that works with the outfit. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

APIECE APART Turkanna Wrap-effect Striped Voile Midi Skirt

You can combine a flared midi with a short body-con top that’s worn untucked if that’s more to your taste. I enjoy that combination by putting these items from my wardrobe together.