The mini skirt: the most influential fashion piece of the swinging sixties. Born out of a shift in culture and inspirational feminist activism, women very literally took the streets, hitched up their hemlines, and protested for their rights, all whilst adorned in a stylish mini.
British designer Mary Quant is recognised as an early ambassador of the mini skirt and owes her inspiration to the girls on King’s Road in London, who revolutionised the way to wear a skirt.
Reminiscent of British fashion icon Twiggy, we are completely here for the SS22 revival of the mini skirt. Our guide will allow you to discover the most daring styles and complementary accessories to complete your look. Be sure to show off your silhouette with designer pieces from the likes of Balmain, Burberry, and Courréges’, and explore everything from the classic pleated mini skirt through to the denim mini. Read on to discover more.
1. The Powerful Pleated Mini Skirt
Pleated skirts are universally flattering and instantly accentuate your figure. A bold choice and the epitome of preppy style. With endless patterns and prints, your springtime wardrobe is sure to feature a variety of playful pleated mini skirts.
Go classic with a monochrome colour scheme and couple Alice + Olivia's black mini skirt with a Chloé white chiffon shirt or blouse. Add some drama to your look and opt for orange or green heels and accessories for a pop of colour.
For a casual ensemble, wrap up in an oversized chunky knit jumper and strut in a pair of heeled boots by Gucci to complement your skirt.
There’s no need to shy away from a white mini skirt, and if you’re keen to channel your inner athlete, tennis skirts styled with an embroidered logo sweatshirt are the embodiment of springtime sports chic.
Invest in a capsule wardrobe and trans-seasonal look with longer designs that skim slightly above the knee, such as Jigsaw’s mini pleat front leather skirt.
The Universally Flattering Silhouette
2. The Timeless Tweed Mini Skirt
Tweed is praised for its versatility and effortlessly combines practicality with style. With origins of the Scottish Highland during the Victorian Era, the cloth has weaved its way through history, adopted by agriculturalists and aristocracy alike. Since its inception, tweed has vastly influenced women’s fashion. The 1960s saw traditional designs shaken up, and plenty of tweed mini skirts and flared trousers were produced in unique abstract colourways and vibrant designs.
Fast-forward to 2022, and there’s no doubt you will look flawless when layering your Valentino tweed mini with a knit sweater vest and a white cotton shirt. Weekend Max Mara’s mini skirt collection is bold, bright, and sure to turn heads. On cooler days, Balmain's tweed mini skirt layered with outerwear pieces is bound to keep you warm. Add a coordinating tweed blazer or cardigan for a sophisticated evening look and accessorise with a headband for a quintessential preppy look.
A Flawless Layering Piece
3. The Daring Leather Mini Skirt
If you’re searching for the ultimate show stopping mini skirt, then look no further. A leather mini skirt is a truly transitional wardrobe staple and with the addition of accessories and change of a shirt, it’s also an excellent day to night piece.
Helmut Lang's black leather mini skirt can be adapted for office wear when matched with either a cosy jumper or smart blouse and a pair of tights. Step away from tradition and explore leather mini skirts in vibrant colours such as pillar box red or Saint Laurent's bright metallic mini skirt. Alternatively, you can tone things down with soft mauve shades.
Vinyl is equally as impactful, and nothing says iconic mini skirt quite like André Courrèges Spring ’64 space-age collection. Pay homage to the French designer who left his stamp on haute couture and dress up your Courrèges vinyl mini skirt with a pair of killer knee-high boots by Chloé.
An Excellent Day-To-Night Piece
4. The Nineties and Noughties Classic Denim Mini Skirt
The denim mini skirt will leave you completely nostalgic for the ‘90s. A style that was all the rage with superstars to runway stars, and in the early noughties, saw hemlines drop even further with Tom Ford's ‘It’ piece: the micro mini skirt.
Current designs are contemporary and feature asymmetric hemlines, motifs, and ruffled textures. Switch up your look and style your Marques' Almeida's denim mini skirt with a crop top and cardy, Valentino kitten heels and a Fendi shoulder bag
For something truly innovative, try on the Balenciaga houndstooth and denim skirt for size, which tastefully infuses two unique styles.
Styles That Embrace Nostalgia
5. The Not-So-Clueless Check Mini Skirt
From the notorious yellow two-piece suit modelled by Cher in hit 90’s rom-com Clueless to Upper East Side’s Blair Waldorf, the plaid mini skirt is as relevant today as ever.
Get set for springtime walks with a Burberry kilt, elegantly woven in the signature vintage check and complete your look with a traditional Barbour by ALEXACHUNG waxed jacket and pair of Bottega Veneta Chelsea boots.
For vintage prep style, knitwear will transform any look. Knee-high socks, chunky knit jumpers and cable knit cardigans will tie your look together with an air of sophistication.
If you’re on the lookout for a glamourous two-piece suit, discover Balmain’s ribbed-knit mini skirt and cardigan collection. The pieces are elegantly decorated with the house’s signature engraved buttons and in light pink or black designs.
Knitwear Will Transform Any Look
This Season’s Show-Stopping Mini Skirts
Check out unique and awe-inspiring mini skirts below. With the likes of Paco Rabanne’s Silver-Tone Chain Mini Skirt, or De La Vali’s espresso black feather-trimmed mini skirt which are sure cause a stir at any sophisticate soiree.
Styles To Turn Heads
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