Is it time to retire the mini?

Post by TM

The mini is my skirt length of choice, purely because I have the legs to wear them. I’m not going to be modest about a true fact, or Irish about it and deny it; I have good legs and I’m going to show them off.

If I had a cleavage to speak of, I might wear a low-cut top from time to all the time, if I had a pretty face I might not bother with dressing up at all. So legs it is and legs I’ll show.


While wearing a short leather skirt today, with an unrevealing top because that’s what you’re supposed to do, guys, I caught a glimpse of myself in a shop window and I looked like Rose from Keeping Up Appearances. A woman with a slim figure, shapely pins and a hint of mutton dressed as lamb. F*ck.

anna della russo short skirt

Anna Della Russo is 52 and she doesn’t give any number of fucks over wearing skirts that her father, or maybe boyfriend of the same age, might describe as belts.

But Anna is Italian and editor-at-large of Vogue Japan. I’m twenty years younger, and an Irish writer of little importance or influence, and after traipsing around in skirts that fall about two inches from my crotch area since I was old enough to hide one under my longer skirt when I went out to teenage discos, I am starting to believe the mini has had its time.

I’m not the only one to think that; and so say all in style.

The skirt length du jour is, of course, the midi, and we’ve concluded that it suits everyone (except, maybe, an 18 year old going to Body & Soul), but no thirty something-year-old wants to end up looking like a mother-of-the bride on a night on the tiles with the gals.

Photo by Craig Blankenhorn J.C.C.

Of course, that’s easily avoided. Hemlines fall, style remains – and there’s a lot to be said about the slit, just saying’.

It’s a hard thing, though, to abandon an item of clothing that’s got so much attention given so much joy; baby steps must be taken. Remember, short skirts can be sexy, but a carefully put together ensemble can be infinitely sexier.

  • Skirts to wear when you’re weaning yourself off the mini.

Jenna Lyons (age 47)


Carine Roitfeld (age 61)

carine roitfeld

Diane Kruger (age 39)


Sofia Coppola (age 45)

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Upon further contemplation, I might follow Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lead, and just continue to get my legs out, open my shirt and smile. Because, f*ck it, why not?

(Age 44)





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