It was in 1964 when Mary Quant introduced the world to the mini-skirt and everything, including (obviously) hemlines, changed. The skirt reached several inches above the knee and was a major power play for women (especially if worn with tall boots and no stockings.) With fashion icons of the time like Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Ali MacGraw and Goldie Hawn in all her Laugh In glory it was more than a trend, the mini-skirt was now a fashion staple, making its way into so many women’s closets over the next 60 plus years. The mini-skirt will always be there, but there is a new skirt as well as general aesthetic you will be seeing in offices this fall.
The oversized look will be big this fall and will permeate into the next seasons. It isn’t a direct reaction to the #MeToo movement, but it is definitely inspired by it. Designer Matthew Adams Dolan, who often dresses Rihanna in his oversized suits, told The Wall Street Journal, “It’s about the idea of being comfortable and not pleasing someone else, wearing something that makes you feel good and also sexy at the same time.”
The tight, short, skimpy look is just not on trend right now. Fashion dictator Anna Wintour said recently in a video, “the idea of anything that’s overly sexy, or overly clinging or overly look-at-me has simply gone out the window.” This is why we are also seeing midi skirts (calf length) pop up all over, especially in offices. Just as the mini-skirt was a rebellion against oppression, the midi-skirt is a rebellion against violation. We’ve already seen this as with pants as skinny jeans have been slowly phased out in favor of a wider leg.
Wearing a large coat or oversized suit is not a deliberate attempt to cover up but to show that you are confident even if there is more material involved. The woman is focused. Lady Gaga recently opened up about her choice to wear a very oversized Marc Jacobs suit from his 2019 collection at the Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood event on Monday. She wore it instead of a dress to “resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice.” From her speech:
“They were all dresses. This was an oversized men’s suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me.”