Mid-thigh level, no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks – Mary Quant’s definition of a miniskirt, and that lady knows, since she is considered to be the one, who invented it! It’s a safe bet to call skirts a few inches above the knee mini.
Unlike the 60s when you had to wear tights underneath your miniskirt, and would cause a public uproar if you showed up without such, like did the British model Jean Shrimpton at Melbourne Cup Carnival of 1965, who disregarded all the rules of the proper dress-code of this Australian horse racing event and arrived wearing a minidress with no stockings, gloves or hat on! Today it’s a 100% stocking free zone for hot summer days, no matter where you take your bare legs to.
Separates are becoming a very popular evening-wear choice. Swap your minidress for a miniskirt-blouse ensemble this summer. With correct accessories and overall Victoriana style you are sure to be the queen of the evening.
The 90s favourite the denim mini is having a moment right now. Leave the rips and distressing in the past and opt for clean and neat designs. Sport the athleisure style and choose sneakers, slip-on trainers, t-shirts and backpacks.
Pay tribute to the era of the miniskirt this summer and draw inspiration from the style icon Audrey Hepburn: cat-eye sunglasses, mariniere, mini and some modern adornments like the cross-body camera bag and Mansur Gavriel sandals, whose Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur were named the 2016 CFDA Accessory Designers of the Year.
Despite the fact that 70s weren’t the decade of the mini, it’s exactly then when the leather and PVC models were invented. Thanks to Blondie’s Debbie Harry, who revived the style and the punk groups who stuck to it, we get to enjoy this leather version with a rockstar feel today.
Packing a suitcase for summer vacation? Don’t forget a mini! And of course the hottest pieces to go with it: off-the-shoulder top, oversized sleeves, round sunnies, artisanal accessories, wedges, straw hat and a statement beach bag.
by Olga Permyakova
Cover Photo: Backstage Fausto Puglisi FW16