Miniskirts Aren't Just For After Hours Anymore

We're not sure when exactly it happened, but somewhere between 2014 and now, I traded in my minis for skirts with hemlines that hover closer to my calves or ankles. For me, the greatest appeal of a midi is that it's functional and fancy. Unlike many other types of skirts, I thought they worked as well for daytime as they do for nighttime. But recently, I came to the realization that it's not just that midis are great — it's that I was just too blind to recognize how great other types of skirts could be, too. After my mini epiphany, I realized that miniskirts can pull off the same switcheroo as midis.
With the omnipresent DGAF attitude that's been dictating fashion, we're thinking of miniskirts less as the going-out piece to wear to the club and more of the cool-girl piece to pair with a hoodie and a pair of boots in the daytime. It's time to stop boxing your miniskirts into the nighttime-only category.

How should you integrate tiny skirts into your day wardrobe? Plan your outfits like you would. Then, swap out your go-to casual bottoms (like jeans or cropped trousers) for a miniskirt last-minute. The contrast between bare legs and chunky sweaters will usually create a strong look, even if the skirt is somewhat plain.
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If you're still not convinced to go mini, pop on a pair of tights underneath or go for a more structured skirt that is less likely to fly anywhere should a gusty wind happen upon you. In the slideshow ahead, you'll find 15 miniskirts to wear right now — and solid ways to style them. Get out there and show off those gams before it gets too cold.
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The contrast between a turtleneck and a miniskirt is what's up for fall. Pop on your favorite booties and you've got yourself a look.

Pixie Market Navy Pinstripe Ring Mini Skirt, $98, available at Pixie Market.
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Amp up all your casual long-sleeved tees. Seriously, picture this top with jeans, instead. Not as much fun.

& Other Stories Patent Leather Skirt, $245, available at & Other Stories.
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My personal favorite way to do a mini is with a cool, matching oversized blazer and a graphic tee. You won't have to think much putting this look together, but you'll look quite put-together.

Style Nanda Straight Check Print Mini Skirt, $35, available at Style Nanda.
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Just add a black sweater and black boots.

MSGM Fringed Houndstooth Mini Skirt, $314.49, available at Italest.
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The skirt may have a simple silhouette, but paired with your favorite graphic long sleeve, it serves as an even cooler base than your jeans.

BDG Corduroy Pencil Mini Skirt, $59, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Throw on a graphic T-shirt, a sweater, and a velvet skirt. Take the sweater off later for an entirely different look.

Mango Drapped Velvet Skirt, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Wear with your chunkiest grey sweater and a pair of ankle boots. Feel free to enjoy your Saturday and Saturday night without having to change.

Isabel Marant Red Anders Mini Asymmetric Wrap-Over Skirt, $530, available at Moda Operandi.
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Your fun long-sleeved tops won't look half as cool with any other bottom.

Topshop Punky Check Kilt Style Skirt, $65, available at Topshop.
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Keep the rest of your outfit simple. This wrap skirt will do all the talking.

Kye Denim Mix Tassel Skirt, $200, available at V Files.
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This H&M look is very important, because it shows the power of a miniskirt. Sometimes, our classic, chunky sweaters can feel a little tired. With a leather mini, it brings them back to life.

H&M Coated Skirt, $29.99, available at H&M.
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Loud, bright skirts aren't just for the nighttime anymore.

Saint Laurent Metallic Leather Mini Skirt, $2,290, available at Mytheresa.
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Can't you picture this skirt with a thin turtleneck tucked in and a long, wool overcoat on top?

3.1 Phillip Lim Velvet and Metallic Chiffon Mini Skirt, $750, available at Net-A-Porter.
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This is a simple look, but it's a good indication of exactly how we should style our miniskirts on the reg.

Vero Moda Zip Front Sudeste Mini Skirt, $43, available at ASOS.
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Cargo pockets are in. If you're scared of too much volume, try your hand at a cargo miniskirt instead of cargo pants.

Boohoo Valentina Jumbo Cord Pocket Front Mini Skirt, $24, available at Boohoo.
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Pop a loose sweater on top of an A-Line mini. No need to tuck the sweater in, the loose silhouette is part of the cool daytime appeal.

Acne Studios Prisca A-Line Midi Skirt, $380, available at Acne Studios.
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