This iconic (and tiny) fashion trend will be all over your office this summer

Miniskirts are coming back in a big – rather, little – way this spring and summer, the Guardian reported, with retailers already upping their orders.

Sies Marjan

Think spring. Now think short. No, shorter.

Miniskirts are coming back in a big – rather, little – way this spring and summer, the Guardian reported, with retailers already upping their orders.

“Asos, the online retailer, is stocking 165 miniskirt options this season, while Topshop has reported a 106% rise in searches,” wrote the Guardian. “In response, it has shortened the hemline of one of its most popular styles.”


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Grazia agrees, reporting that minis, “ever the eternal skirt length of summer, have shrunk to practically belt-like proportions” this summer.

Minis in the office

However, that doesn’t mean we have to keep them out of the office. “Micro-minis are made modest – practically office-worthy even – when teamed with a boxy tailored blazer or long collared shirt with the front tucked for effect.”

British designer Mary Quant is widely credited for inventing the miniskirt. She had a shop on King’s Road in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, and, inspired by street style, she chopped some skirts several inches above the knee – keeping it four inches below the bum – in 1964. She called her super-short skirts and dresses “arrogant, aggressive and sexy.”

The waify British model Twiggy became the poster child for the mini.

Around the same time in Paris, French designer André Courrèges was also experimenting with ultra-short skirts in his space-age dresses. It was hard to say who invented the mini first, and fashionistas debated for decades.

Quant settled the matter by saying, “It wasn’t me or Courrèges who invented the miniskirt anyway – it was the girls in the street who did it.”

Take a long look at this trend and here are some updated versions that are available now.

 

Sies Marjan Laminated Crinkle miniskirt

Sies Marjan
Sies Marjan

Tibi Linen and Viscose Removable Tie Miniskirt

tibi
Shopbop

Simon and Miller white & orange denim printed mini

simon miller
Ssense

James Perse wrap mini

james perse
Revolve

Self-Portrait printed mini with ruffles

self-portrait
Stylebop

Milly Crinkle leather miniskirt

milly
Revolve

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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.