THE ONLY THING YOU SHOULD WEAR THIS WINTER

WHY THE MIDAXI HEM IS THE ONLY THING YOU SHOULD WEAR THIS WINTER

(via ELLE Aus)

We're no stranger to a made-up fashion word. Throughout our sartorial travels, we occasionally encounter trends or movements so specific; they come with their own descriptor.

(Think you've escaped the influence of the fashion portmanteau? Think: Athleisure, shrobing and troulottes).

But now there's another fashion mash-up on our radars - one that we're happy to add to our styling vocab: midaxi.

Just as it sounds, 'midaxi' is a mix between 'midi' and 'maxi', in reference to hemlines. The perfect 'midaxi' falls below the mid-calf range of 'midi', but above the floor-grazing limits of the 'maxi'.

The perfect three-inch strip of skin that says 'Yeah this dress is pretty long, but at least I don't need to hitch up the hem to climb stairs'. There's a little bit of 'I might have scandalised a dandy in 1890, but this flash of ankle would have won me a husband in 1918' in there too.

"Midaxi - a length once considered only suitable for librarians - is perhaps the most stylish, versatile and sensible hemline this season" divulges ELLE's Market Editor, Samantha Wong.

"Don't dismiss librarian-chic entirely, the midaxi is worn best paired with a blazer and pumps - alternatively, embrace the offbeat length with a tall boot."

"For cold, early morning commuters whose offices are cranked to sauna-like temperatures, the midaxi hem is your chic saving grace," says Wong.