I'd Previously Sworn Off Miniskirts, But These Styles Have Changed My Mind

Our wardrobe preferences have changed dramatically over the past few years. Slippers replaced high heels, and joggers became a staple in the lives of many. But now, things are changing. We might only be a few weeks into spring, but we can already feel our sartorial appetites returning, with a real need to wear something that makes us feel empowered, and, dare we say, sexy. Cue miniskirts.

Midi hemlines have been all the rage in recent years, with miniskirts waiting patiently for their time in the spotlight to return. That time is now. People often associate miniskirts with the belly-baring, low-rise '90s staple worn by the likes of Britney Spears. But the divisive piece has come a long way and was easily one of the chicest and most prevalent items on the S/S 22 runway circuit. Even I, who had previously sworn off miniskirts, have come to see how polished they can be. 

"Over the past few years, it has been all about the midi dress. However, there has been an increasing focus on the female form, with a return to body-con, cut-outs and rising hemlines," explains Who What Wear's UK style expert and editor Emma Spedding in our biannual trend report. "Designers such as Jacquemus, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton all had several miniskirts in their collections, with '60s-style micro-skirts and mini slip dresses."

Influencers have also started to welcome the miniskirt back into their closets, wearing them with everything from shackets and knee-high boots to loafers and slogan tees. As for the skirts, while cult variations are doing the rounds (think Marcia's cut-out sides and Paco Rabanne's chain mail), if you're looking for something tamer to ease you back in, you might consider a pleated tennis mini or a classic tweed iteration.

Scroll below to see how some of our fashion friends are wearing micro hemlines, and then shop our edit of the best miniskirts around.


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Camille wears the Marcia skirt that's been dominating Instagram. 


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Ada adds a hit of colour to her monochrome ensemble by way of a miniskirt. 


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You can't go wrong with a mini kilt. 


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Aimee uses a black miniskirt to neutralise her statement blouse. 


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Miniskirts always look their chicest paired with blazers.


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They're also ideal for showcasing your favourite boots, as evidenced by Emmanuelle. 


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Don't save your party skirts for best—wear them with chunky books and printed tees like María. 


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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.