It's fair to say that fashion, from its hemlines and silhouettes to its colourways and cuts, is an ever-changing entity. Case in point: This season, after the midi skirt's long-held reign, the miniskirt made its storming return to the runways of London, Milan, Paris and New York. Riding on the back of the noughties resurgence, floor-skimming hemlines were replaced with thigh-grazing minis in a variety of guises. Some call it fickle, but I like to think of it as keeping things fresh.
Of course, this is not a call to dump your fave midi skirt—if that best serves your sartorial needs, then you do you—but for fashion lovers such as myself, clothing is a way to express creativity, and experimenting with new styles is part of that. Plus, many of you may well already have a mini in your wardrobe, so it's the perfect opportunity to dig it out. After being inspired by the S/S 22 runways, I decided to hop on to Vestiaire Collective and buy myself a pre-loved Paule Ka black wool mini. Top tip: I find that second-hand and rental are a great, more sustainable way of playing with new trends.
My main source of inspiration? Prada's S/S 22 show, which was packed full of silken minis styled with classic boxy leather jackets, slouchy roll-necks and cinched-in blazers. I loved the juxtaposed silhouettes and wintry feel of the outfits. (Although, I would definitely add tights.) So with the mercury dropping, I thought I would offer up my own interpretation of the miniskirt trend, which is suitably cold weather–ready. Scroll down to see how I'm wearing my miniskirt five ways this winter.
Style Notes: One of the recurring themes in the Prada outfits was the baggier top half-contrasted with the tailored mini. So for this outfit, I embraced the chunky appeal of my fave cable-knit jumper tucked into my miniskirt then grounded with a pair of chunky boots.
Style Notes: This was inspired by some of my fave French fashion influencers, such as Anne-Laure Mais, who love to throw a tailored shirt over a miniskirt and knee-high boots. I think the printed base layer is important to keep it from looking too corporate.