The (Literal) Rise and Rise of the Miniskirt

How happy our legs have been cosseted away in midi-skirts over the past half a decade, but now it's time for a shock to the fashion system, because the mini is back and it's already booming. We noticed the trend for rising hemlines actually started earlier in the summer when the classic denim skirt—you know, the kind you definitely had in the '00s—reappeared in some very cool wardrobes and started noticeably selling out in various stores. 

With eveningwear and dressing up high on the agenda for the autumn/winter 2016 season, it's no wonder that the fast-track item to feeling party-ready is staging something of a comeback. A-listers are, of course, keen to get the pins out: From L.A. natives like Kendall Jenner through to London girls like Phoebe Collings-James, there's no, erm, shortage of love. As the sun has emerged so has the look on the streets, with girls finding their own, unique route into the look without feeling over-exposed. 

How to wear a miniskirt now? We've got 11 easy-peasy ways for you to try—and the sweet styles to shop from too.

Miniskirt Tip #1: Be a Hippy


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Not all miniskirts have to be sassy—some can be interpreted in a more bohemian way. Choose a suede style and wear it with lace-up gladiator sandals and a long-line cardigan. 

The colour palette allows you to wear this 365 days of the year.

Miniskirt Tip #2: Channel Skater Vibes


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Make like model, Binx Walton, and give your micro mini a tomboy-over with skate sneaks, socks and a loose-fitting shirt. 

Saint Laurent's minis are unwaveringly micro.

Miniskirt Tip #3: Balance Out Prettiness With a Bomber


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Trust Olivia Palermo to make the miniskirt look ladylike but casual in one swoop. Her printed number gets an urban makeunder thanks to a scrunched-sleeve bomber jacket. Clever stick.

This flirty number will match up perfectly with a khaki flight jacket.

Miniskirt Tip #4: Go Go-Go Girl


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Lauren Remington-Platt has dipped back into the decade where the mini began: the 1960s. Knee-boots and bare legs can be offset by a demure shirt.

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A vibrant mini only needs a white shirt or tee to look good.

Miniskirt Tip #5: Wear With a Retro Tee


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Of course Alexa Chung looks good in this mini—she designed it for her AG range! A button-through style nods to the '70s, so it makes sense to wear it with a motif tee such as hers.

Great with bare legs now, super with tights and boots come autumn.

Miniskirt Tip #6: Smarten Jersey Styles With Tailoring


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A slick blazer can instantly up the sophistication of a stretchy mini.

Why not take the look a sassy step further with a small thigh-split?

Miniskirt Tip #7: Mid Heels Are a Miniskirt's Best Friend


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Elsa Hosk has found the perfect cute-to-casual ratio with this miniskirt and football-jersey top. Also, mid-heel sandals are a safe way to venture into short-skirt territory as you won't feel too overdone.

A lower hemline at the back of a mini is always flattering.

Miniskirt Tip #8: Wear It as Suiting


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The cool girl's route into the mini trend is to wear it as a suit. Shake off the Clueless vibes by taking Phoebe Collings-James's tack: chunky flatforms and a crew-neck will do nicely.

The raw edges on this pretty skirt suit makes it far from twee.

Miniskirt Tip #9: Wear Pointed Toes in the Evening


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Model Hailey Clauson has softened the bad-girl vibes of a black leather skirt with a cute cropped tee. For nights out, pointed stilettos are the most leg-lengthening choice.

Pair with ankle boots by day if you're a biker girl through and through.

Miniskirt Tip #11: Wear Flat Boots With Denim



Kendall Jenner has adopted the classic denim mini and made it modern with patent ankle boots—see more of Kendall's favourite brands.

A timeless piece that looks better as you wear it in.

Miniskirt Tip #12: Emphasise Your Waist With a Belt



It's Elsa Hosk again, and this time she's wearing a longer-line style to balance out a crop top. Not only that, her jean-belt is a great tip for making the most of your waist.

This is just the right length for the slightly leg-shy.

For more outfit inspiration see our favourite 10 style blogger looks of the week.

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