Saint Laurent and Valentino featured mini-mini skirts on their A/W catwalks
Charlotte Gainsbourg donned a mid-thigh showstopper at Venice Film Festival
Actress admits she's 'moving into that age of thinking, 'Is it still appropriate?''
Here, UK-based writers reveal their thoughts on wearing a mini skirt after age 50
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The five words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of any midlife woman are surely ‘the mini skirt is back!’
But it is — and not the sedate, conservative version that ends just above the knee. The trend this winter is something that stops suddenly mid-thigh, a mini-mini. Terrifying. They were the hemline length of choice on the autumn/winter catwalks. There were fur-trimmed minis at Saint Laurent, metallic skater styles at Valentino, office appropriate designs (yes, there is such a thing) at Versace — the list goes on.
Now they’ve taken over the High Street, too. Love them or loathe them, you won’t escape them. It’s easier said than done but maybe we should put those fears to one side and embrace this tiny trend. In 1926, economist George Taylor floated the idea of the hemline index — that skirts rise and fall according to the stock market. Whether or not the economics stack up, there’s no doubt the return of the mini skirt heralds a desire for post-pandemic fun.
Thanks to Mary Quant, they were almost mandatory in the Swinging Sixties and they spiked again in the 1990s. Of course, what we felt comfortable wearing then may not be quite so easy to pull off now.
Five UK-based writers debate if the mini-mini skirts trend is appropriate to wear after the age of 50 - including Rowan Pelling (pictured)
Even Charlotte Gainsbourg, the insanely youthful actress and daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg — whose skirt length of choice is ‘the shorter the better’ — is starting to question their appropriateness at the age of 50.
After donning a scalloped, mid-thigh showstopper on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival, she admitted this week: ‘I’m slowly moving into that age of thinking, “Is it still appropriate?” Or, “Am I looking like an old lady with a short skirt?” I know that one day I’ll have to stop.’
But will she? And do you really need to? Here five writers debate whether to raise their hems this autumn . . .
The fashion police haven’t arrested me so far...
By author and broadcaster Rowan Pelling, 53
When I was 13, my mother told me I had ‘funny knees’ like her and probably shouldn’t wear short skirts. Her words haunted me until my early 20s, when along came Kate Moss with her bandy legs and slight knock-knees.
I looked at my own pins anew and saw them as assets, suddenly my wonky Pelling knees were borderline fashionable.
From 1991, when I started my first job in London, I wore mini skirts with near-religious zeal — and have done ever since.
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