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Mini is the New Supersize

Great fashion comes in 12" packages. Mini is as mini does. Just do it.

Great fashion comes in 12" packages. Mini is as mini does.

Lately, I’m all over the mini. I have been saying that we have to squeeze in as many mini’s before I am forced to put the the style into retirement. Teardrop. Clinton & Stacey advise ‘no miniskirts after 35′ but if your legs are hottt, I’m sure this rule is bendable. The mini skirt came into popularity in the swinging 1960’s when models such as Twiggy & Jean Shrimpton wore them in the streets of London.  Growing up my evening attire had a mini-rule. Upon reading an article in Vogue about some fabulous socialite, I was convinced that short skirts weren’t short enough unless they measured less than 12″ on a ruler (mind you, I am petite so it’s not as outrageous as it sounds). Ignorance is bliss. This fave collection of after dark/going-out mini’s included a braided multi-colour knit, a green and white micro houndstooth and a navy blue pinstripe. Oh carefree youth!

This fall, my love of the Mini has returned with a vengeance.  But now that I’m older and a bit wiser, I am opting for more classic styles with a twist.  Designers have come up with new designs that will convert any naysayer.  These styles will be quite popular for the Fall.  And if you’re shy, just give it a whirl because one of them might be what you didn’t realize your heart was always longing for…secretly.

  • The Tulip – Shaped like a lovely tulip (duh), I think this style is just as underrated as the bubble.  It’s not for everyone as there is fullness in the hips and the hem tapers.  The most interesting tulip mini’s have two panels which overlap like the flower. 
  • Banded Mini – Let’s reserve this one for the SB (skinny bitches). Heavily influenced by Herve Leger’s fitted band dress, designer Max Azaria is bringing this style back with both Leger and BCBG.  It’s a no carb mini as it reveals all.  For a going out look, this would be cute paired with a fitted tank and a looser casual sequin blazer.
  • Sequined Mini – If you have been keeping up with the LC, you know how I feel about sequins.  Ob-sessed.  And like the double-denim rule, it’s a no-no to wear sequins on the top & bottom.  Keep it classy by doing something less mirrorball on the top.
  • Leather Mini – This can either go rocker chic or hooker, not that there’s anything wrong with either.  The leather mini has some interesting details like zippers, ruching, cutout, etc, etc.  Remember when Cher from Clueless was practicing driving in a black leather mini and white chiffon blouse?  I think that’s a fun way to contrast tough with lady-like.  Still translates. 
  • Puff Mini – I use the word puff to describe any mini with volume – be it excess material gathered at the waist or a circle skirt cut short.  I often wear with a simple tank and pull up my mini a bit higher than my natural waist and cinch with a elastic vintage buckle belt.  I feel very Alice in Wonderland.
 Cynthia Steffe Gathered charcoal mini with killer SS. Sick.

Cynthia Steffe Gathered charcoal mini with killer SS. Sick.

 Perfect for the SB. Delightful in coral.

Perfect for the SB. Delightful in coral.

One important note, since you’re showing leg, you probably want to be more demeure on top or risk looking like an SH (silly ho). Sure it’s getting cold so pair with some bright hued contrasting tights or nude fishnets.  Mini’s are also killer gorgeous with statement shoes (the bondage-gladiator-stiletto is best) or slouchy suede boots. Choose your poison.  You won’t be sorry.  High ROC (return on compliment) guaranteed.



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