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9 Elevated Ways to Wear a Mini Skirt

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The mini skirt—first introduced by the late British designer Mary Quant circa 1960—is constantly getting a trendy upgrade. But what makes the teeny tiny style a timeless staple, no matter the era, is its versatility—its short hemline helps the silhouette conform to almost any outfit. While there are myriad ways you can dress it up, finding new, imaginative ideas for wearing this potentially tricky silhouette in 2024 can pose a challenge. So, how does one integrate it to refresh the mini skirt to look and feel as good as new?

The mini skirt may be tiny, but it’s mightier than you think. These days, mini skirts come in a slew of fabrics and textures, sizes and lengths, and are paired with even the most unconventional and polarizing ways (cough cough, micro-minis). Whether you’re planning a girls’ night out or looking to elevate your officewear attire for the week, the mini skirt suits virtually any aesthetic—and lucky for you, we’ve compiled nine outfit solutions for all of your mini skirt troubles with street style “It” girls to thank for the inspiration.

Sparkle It Out

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Nothing says “going out” as much as a sparkly mini skirt. Though the silhouette is easily adaptable, the bold embellishments usually speak for itself. Keep the rest of the look stylish yet simple with any T-shirt top of your choice—oversized or cropped—to give your #OOTN a casual spin. If you’re feeling even bolder to dance the night away, pair the dazzling mini skirt with a coordinating pair of metallic thigh-high boots or a classic pair of heels. Whenever/next time you’re in a wardrobe dilemma, just remember: When in doubt, sparkle it out!

Preppy Plaid

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

Sometimes, the skirt is the main character of the outfit, especially if you own anything close to TikTok’s beloved version by Chopova Lowena. The academia look hasn’t completely left our style radar just yet, meaning that the plaid, oftentimes pleated, mini skirt is still very much a coveted essential. Embrace your inner schoolgirl with this OG quiet luxury staple. Pair your mini skirt with a button-up cardigan, calf-reaching slouchy white crew socks, and chunky loafers to look like you just hopped off the Miu Miu catwalk.

Micro Mini

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Micro mini skirts have made their way back into the fashion zeitgeist once again, spearheaded by luxury fashion brands like Miu Miu, which introduced the infamous low-slung silhouette at its Spring/Summer 2022 runway show. Though polarizing at its core, styling the micro mini skirt doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to approach the tiny skirt—our foolproof outfit formula consists of a long statement coat and a midriff-baring cropped baby tee.

Two for One

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

If micro minis weren’t a statement enough for you, look no further: Behold, skirt over pants. What was once all over the early 2000s red carpet has returned as a clever styling trick, especially when the season changes. See fashion week’s stylish guests like Emma Chamberlain as an example of how to pair a mini hemline with trousers. Rip a page from Chamberlain’s sartorial playbook and stick with wide-leg slacks and a tight-fitted top for the full effect. Throw on a trusty pair of sunglasses to add some oomph to the equation.

Denim on Denim

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Of all the materials out there, denim is the most convenient one to layer head to toe. This styling solution usually makes a statement, so don’t be afraid to don full-on denim with your mini skirt. Layer a matching jean jacket on top of the skirt (though the washes don’t have to matter) for the effortless full cool-girl effect. With the blue-wash fabric as a base, accessorizing the “Canadian tuxedo” is endless. Stick with a comfy pair of sneakers, or elevate your look with strappy sandals and a sleek designer bag in hand.

Sporty Pleats

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Mini skirts are not just reserved for a night out on the town—it’s also a convenient silhouette in the world of sportswear. Whether you’re hitting the tennis courts or the pilates reformer, the casual simplicity of the tennis skirt makes it a staple easy piece to style and dress up for when it’s time to sweat it out. You can opt for edgy sneakers or swap out the chunky kicks for something feminine and sleek, like satin pumps. If the balletcore is calling you, turn the dial up even more with a pair of ballet flats or Mary Janes and leg warmers.

Sleek Leather

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Leather skirts, regardless of length, have an effortless ooze of sexiness built in. But there’s something about a good ‘ole leather mini skirt that gives any outfit a rebellious vibe. Once you establish your base (basic T-shirts are highly recommended), give your leather skirt a sexy spin by layering a matching biker-inspired jacket. If you dare, add a pair of sky-high pumps to become a true femme fatale.

Mini with a Side of Colorful Tights

These days, there’s no better way to style a mini skirt than with none other than a pair of colorful vibrant bright tights. Tights are functional, fashionable, and foolproof—plus, they mesh seamlessly with nearly any mini skirt of your choice. Zhuzh up to your look without breaking the bank with a set of statement-baring stockings—you can go for a monochrome look or switch it up by mixing and matching colorways.

The Lower the Rise, the Better

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Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

The Y2K movement/resurgence hasn’t ever really left our style radar—First, it was micro-minis, then skirts over pants, and now, the inevitable return of the low-rise skirt. Regardless of whether you’re a Y2K aficionado or not, the polarizing silhouette doesn’t require as much as you’d think—all you have to do is bring your confidence. Throw on a figure-hugging tank and add a thin scarf into the mix. While you’re at it, you might want to dust off your rhinestone sunnies.

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