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Just like clockwork, when summertime rolls around the temperature rises, and so do skirt lengths. I confess I am relieved that the maxi dress and longer skirts are still hot trends, but when warm weather arrives on the fashion scene, it’s practically a fashion law for the miniskirt to follow.
I love miniskirts; on my fellow fashionistas, they are sexy, stylish, and obviously comfortable in the summer, but I prefer longer skirts, even in the summer heat. Minis are always in for summertime, so there is something for everyone for both skirt styles. You will find just about every trend for color and style translated onto the miniskirts for spring/summer 2012.
Summertime staple or not, you may want to take a few precautions with this warm weather favorite, as this simple little garment can be a bit tricky. I don’t think there is an official cutoff age for a woman to look good when she is wearing a miniskirt; it’s entirely possible for minis to work for little girls and mature fashionistas, but the saying “when in doubt, don’t” is a great rule to follow if you’re simply not sure. Minis are sort of like short sleeves; you simply may have your own reasons for not wearing them. You may be more comfortable or look better in another sleeve style.
This year we all lucked out. There are just as many options for miniskirts as there are for the longer, retro-style skirts we are seeing. Miniskirts come in A-line, ruffled, straight, tiered, and full. For a little variety, you can also choose from splits in the back front or side. But my advice for the sake of modesty is that you might want to skip the split altogether on a miniskirt.
In the right fabric and with the right shoes and accessories, miniskirts can go just as many places as longer skirts go, including to the office. Use your best judgment, as always. If you’re comfortable and not getting too much attention, go for it. Fabric is key as far as fabrics go; for work, you should stick with a fabric that isn’t too decorative, flashy, embellished, or bright. Denim, cotton, leather, and other fun fabrics are perfect for casual occasions and for some offices, especially in the summer. Save the sexy for nighttime; you can always go with black or a decorative fabric that has shine like sequins and satin, or go with a sheer fabric like silk and chiffon.