If you’re a woman, no matter what your personal taste or look, it’s a good bet that the skirt is in your arsenal. The style of skirt may vary, of course—mini, maxi, pencil, peasant, poodle, dirndl, a-line, asymmetrical, denim… there’s one (or two or three or more) for everyone.

The skirt style that took over the Fall 2013 runways was the midi skirt. The midi length hits somewhere below the knee and mid-calf, and it can be full or more a-line or even asymmetrical. It’s a somewhat surprising length, one you wouldn’t normally think of trying, but one that’s almost universally flattering in fashion’s most recent incarnation. A less sexy version of the vixen-ish pencil skirt, and definitely more femme fatale than a maxi, the midi is a happy medium.

PHOTO COURTESY TORY BURCH

PHOTO COURTESY TORY BURCH

But really, depending on the shape, the midi offers a surprising variety of looks and options, all at one length. A fuller and flared midi with pleats, makes a more demure impression. The a-line midi is more universal, whether it’s in silk or cotton or even denim. If you’re going for a sophisticated look, try the midi in an asymmetric or draped style. This style is particularly flattering for a more formal look. There are so many ways to try the midi skirt that you have no excuse not to. Tory Burch’s Fall 2013 collection offers up approachable, yet very fashion-forward midi skirts (pictured).

Luckily for us, we won’t need to wait until fall, either, as the fashion machine has already started creating versions of the midi, taking a cue from major fashion houses like Miu Miu and Balenciaga. The styles available now are more summery to be sure, but what better way to decide which style works for you? It’s a look that’s sure to be around for a while, so go ahead and enjoy it—and get used to it. If it works for you, you’ve just found a new staple!

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