How Do I… Wear a Mini-skirt?

Since it first rose to popularity in the “Swinging London” of the 1960s, the mini-skirt has been a fashion staple. Hemlines may rise and hemlines may fall, but the mini-skirt will always be there. How do FashioNitsas wear a mini-skirt? Read on for our favorite Dos and how to wear a miniskirtDon’ts.

Do keep it balanced. A mini-skirt shows a lot of leg, so balance that sexiness by showing less skin up top. For casual wear, a nice T-shirt and flat shoes or sandals can keep a mini-skirt from looking too much like club-wear. For the office, pair it with a blouse or blazer (or both) and a low-heeled shoe.

Don’t forget to tend to your legs. In a mini-skirt, your legs will be on full display, so if such things matter to you, you might want to make sure that your shave or wax job is up-to-date. As the weather gets cooler, you can add a pair of opaque tights to a mini-skirt for added cover, warmth, and style.

Keep it Classy. No one wants a repeat of Britney Spears’ mishap while getting out of a car several years ago. And while we’re at it, bear in mind that a mini-skirt may impede you from doing everyday activities that you’re used to. If you have children, for instance, and anticipate bending down frequently, you might want to wear tights or boy-shorts under a mini-skirt to keep everything Rated G. The same rule applies if you’ll be sitting on a chair or stool that is not behind a desk or table.

Do choose the right fit. All mini-skirts are not created equal, and different styles will fit different bodies and different events better than others. To emphasize a curvy figure, choose an A-line skirt. To de-emphasize curves, choose a straight, slim skirt. Try pleats or a wrap for additional style.

Do wear appropriate shoes. If you’re hitting the clubs and want to go full-glam, go for a strappy high heel. In more casual circumstances, avoid the sexiness of high heels in favor of flats, sandals, or boots. In the winter, a miniskirt with tights and riding boots remains a classic look. In the summer, simple sandals or espadrilles will keep you looking good.