Age should never totally influence your fashion decisions, but there are a few outfit-picking areas (e.g., hemline length) where that magical number does come into play. While we'd never deter you from wearing whatever you love, there is a difference in the way you're perceived through the decades, so skirt lengths may vary over time. To get some more specific insight, we enlisted celebrity stylist Orlee Winer (who's worked with Malin Akerman, Michelle Williams, and Toni Garrn) to give us her advice on the appropriate ages for various hemlines.
Keep scrolling to see where you fall on the list and shop some of this season's best skirts. But remember, if you want to test out a style in a different bracket, just do it.
"In your 20s and 30s, anything goes—long, short, mini, maxi—whatever you want to call it, it all looks great. It's a fantastic time to try new looks and see what works best for you. Just remember, it's always better to have more skirt than less skirt. I see a lot of women in their 20s and 30s in very short skirts but love seeing a girl in her 20s in a pencil skirt below the knee, because it seems more cool and unpredictable." — Orlee Winer
Opening Ceremony Mallory Asymmetric Twill Mini Skirt ($335)
"In your 40s and 50s, it's compelling to stick with pencil skirts and skirts below the knee. While these are great styles, I love seeing women in a skirt just above the knee with the right shoe. (That changes everything.) One of my favourite looks is an A-line skirt just above the knee and a beautiful flat shoe. It's a look with a lot of personality and has just the right balance." — Orlee Winer
Trademark Car A-Line Striped Cotton Skirt ($305)
"In your 60s, the best hemlines are just below or to the knee—think pencil skirts, A-line skirts, circle skirts, and pleated skirts. While you'd think long maxi skirts would be appropriate, I don't love them on women over 60, because I think they actually look a bit dowdy." — Orlee Winer