The pre-fall collections have confirmed one thing – (almost) anything goes. That means that when it comes to length, there’s something for everyone and the mini is as big news as midi, maxi and everything in-between.
So what’s key about the new minis? Well, what’s worn with them is as important as the skirts/dresses themselves. The new ankle socks meet bare legs, while ankle boots remain favourites, as do strappy sandals and over-knee boots (which designers are still trying to turn into commercial key items).
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s all about the accessories. These skirts make a several strong statements that take them from relaxed day dressing to after-dark and even onto red carpets. Think four key themes…
Printed silk tiers, soft gathering at the natural waistline, simple A-lines in the softest materials and ruffled babydolls give the mini a retro edge that’s part late 60s-into-70s, part 80s. Worn with boots or a chunky platforms they avoid being too girly for their own good.
Think demure pinafores, sweet pleated skirts and gentle A-lines worn with prim shirts or blouses. But team them with killer heels or work them in high-end leathers or brocades and they ‘re 100% grown-up.
Take the simplest mini silhouettes (cut straight or only-slightly-A-line) and keep them minimal, as at Coach. Or dress them up with powerful detail that has a transformational effect. It’s up to you if you want to use print, embellishment, material or trim to turn what’s perhaps the most basic item in a wardrobe into a statement trend piece.
Sex & sizzle
Designers cut their dresses close to the body, defining the waist above all to place the emphasis on a curvy body and long legs. Decorative stitching, metallic trims, Zena-style pleated skirts with warrior queen bodices, and a whole load of attitude add to the sex-on-legs look.