Over the last few years, a subtle alchemy has occurred, both in my personal wardrobe and the wardrobes of fashion editors across the globe. From season to season, month to month, hemlines have gradually been making their way southwards, creeping past the thigh and heading towards the knee. Fast-forward to autumn/winter 2018 and it seems as though everyone is wearing midis and maxis with a large proportion of the high-street's dresses and skirts stopping mid-calf.
The hemline index theory states that hemlines tend to rise and fall with stock prices, so perhaps it isn't such a coincidence considering the current state of affairs (we're looking at you Brexit). Whichever way you look at it, it seems as though the poor miniskirt has well and truly been sidelined in recent seasons.
While I'm generally on board with this development, I have also been experiencing slight midi fatigue, and, in turn, pangs of nostalgia for the miniskirt (which was, incidentally, the bedrock of my teen wardrobe). But I still have reservations… How do you make it look as grown-up and sophisticated as longer styles? If the below influencers are anything to go by, it's entirely possible.
On our travels, we discovered that the number one way to make the mini look chic is via a skirt suit (see Hanna Stefansson's outfit below). It's flattering, easy to wear and ideal for layering up for winter. We have also fallen for Stephanie Broek's ode to the denim miniskirt, which she styles with space-age metallic boots and a black roll-neck. Easy, right?
Scroll down to see the five most flattering miniskirt formulas to try this December. All we're going to say is, don't knock it until you've tried it.
Miniskirt Suit + Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: Smart, cool and easy to style, a checked skirt suit is the ultimate grown-up spin on a mini. Bring out the '60s vibes and style with a white roll-neck, white tights and knee-high boots.
Leather Mini + Colour Clash Jumper
Style Notes: Okay, so IRL, we would probably style this with tights, but regardless, we'll be taking notes of Ellie's leather skirt and the pink-and-brown colour pairing. Get the look with Self-Portrait's cutout mini and & Other Stories' powder-pink knit.
Printed Skirt + Checked blazer
Style Notes: Lotte Williams gives us so much outfit envy with this smart-casual look. Note how she combines a colour-pop printed mini with a smart, tailored blazer. Now that's what we call suited and booted.
Tweed Skirt + Tonal Spearates
Style Notes: This season's tonal trend translates so well into Camille Charriere's miniskirt-and-boots look. Grown-up and elegant, the shorter hemline and knee-high boots perfectly balance out the traditional tweed and cable knit cardi.
Denim Skirt + Black Roll-Neck + Statement Boots
Style Notes: We never thought we'd see the denim mini return and look this good. An oversized blazer, space-age boots and a roll-neck jumper might sound like a strange formula, but somehow it works.