Mini, midi, maxi. Mmm ... what? No, I'm not speaking another language — those are different names for skirt lengths and with warmer weather finally here, it’s time we define what they mean so that we can say goodbye to crazy arm signals when trying to tell the sales associate exactly what type of skirt we’re looking for.

When you look into the history of the “skirt” it’s actually fascinating how telling of the times and embedded in our history the different lengths are. Between “hemline wars” and the miniskirt hitting the scene, you can learn a lot of what was going on in the U.S. just by looking at a photo and taking note of where a hemline hit. Today we don’t give much thought to skirt lengths — at least I don’t. They’re just a reflection of a mood or trend, and help add something new to the endless rotation of jeans once spring hits.

Do you have a signature skirt style? I’m a midi girl, meaning I like a skirt that hits below the knee but above my ankle. There's something so romantic and feminine about the midi style that I love. It’s refreshingly sophisticated and fun at the same time. While one hemline is not better than another, and each never truly goes out of style, they do rotate time in the spotlight. This spring, I’d say it’s the miniskirt’s time to shine with different variations gracing the catwalk and sidewalk. Below is a guide to each length.

Mini

In the 1960s miniskirts became a part of fashion and they were daring and unapologetic. All the cool kids wanted one and ladies were excited for the right to bare legs. They hit above the knee and no doubt they caused an uproar. Today they’re everywhere and many of us wear them without a second thought or agenda. The denim miniskirt is making a huge comeback.

Midi

Today midi skirts work for any occasion and I always feel my best when I wear one. Though the midi skirt appears modest, it has one of the most rambunctious histories of the bunch. Its return in fashion was a direct response to the miniskirt and when the ’70s hit, the fashion industry — even Hollywood — tried to push them on the public, but women wanted nothing to do with them. They didn’t want to be told how short (or long) their hemline should be. It wasn't until 2014 that the midi skirt became a trendy “it” skirt. Women are starting to see it as a closet staple and love it for its flattering silhouette and versatility. Going tomboy chic with your midi skirt is a huge trend. It’s a continuation of the athleisure trend. To achieve this look, pair your favorite midi skirt with sneakers and either a loose tee or slouchy sweater. Its the perfect “in between” outfit when you don’t know what to wear.

Maxi

The maxi skirt is floor length and should sway when you walk. It’s touted as functional and comfortable yet stylish. Most women who wear maxi skirts love a good boho/romantic vibe and play this up with fun patterns and bold prints. The length came back in a huge way about eight years ago and still sits comfortably in the closets of many fashionistas. One of the biggest trends is pairing a maxi skirt with a graphic tee. The juxtaposition of a floral or stripe skirt with the street-style feeling of a T-shirt is a fresh take on an unexpected pairing. The combination works as a great weekend outfit and or on casual Friday at work. Another combination perfect for warm weather is a crop top. Since the maxi skirt can be a little overwhelming, a loose or fitted crop top helps break up all that fabric and show off a defined waistline.

Visit fashion and lifestyle blogger Ilse Inzunza, of Stamford, at www.livelearnluxeit.com