Minis Are Perfect Summer Skirts

1967. An iconic look. Dancer Kathy Gale wears a mini skirt dress with checkerboard tights and some mod cosmetics work. Photo via nydailynews.com.
1967. An iconic look. Dancer Kathy Gale wears a mini skirt dress with checkerboard tights and some mod cosmetics work. Photo via nydailynews.com.

Mini skirts are a fashion item that seem to have stirred up a lot of controversy and emotion (among other things) over the course of time.

Mary Quant receiving the Order of the British Empire Medal for designing the mini skirt. Well, for her 'contribution to British Fashion' (being, most notably, the mini skirt).... Notice she is also rocking a beret. Photo via nydailynews.com.
Mary Quant receiving the Order of the British Empire Medal for designing the mini skirt. Well, for her ‘contribution to British Fashion’ (being, most notably, the mini skirt)…. Notice she is also rocking a beret. Photo via nydailynews.com.

 

People will stare. An easy self-awareness while donning a mini skirt is something one needs to master. Photo via flashbak.com.
People will stare. An easy self-awareness while donning a mini skirt is something one needs to master. Photo via flashbak.com.
1960s models doing a creepy-good job of mimicking mannequins, rather than the other way around. Photo via flashbak.com.
1960s models doing a creepy-good job of mimicking mannequins, rather than the other way around. Photo via flashbak.com.

 

Even though mini skirts are not a new style, and we live in an era where Shoppinggirls should be free to dress as they wish, reactionary opinions, sometimes self-inflicted, may still influence a Shoppinggirl’s decision on whether or not to wear a mini skirt.

1970s. You can tell by the fact that every man in the photo has a mustache. And sideburns. Photo via flashbak.com.
1970s. You can tell by the fact that every man in the photo has a mustache. And sideburns. Photo via flashbak.com.
Mini skirts that zip up the front make covering up at the beach or poolside quick and easy, even if your skin is still damp. This one, in bright yellow twill, is a good choice; twill is cool, but has enough body to limit wrinkling when stashed in a beach tote. charlotterusse.com.
Mini skirts that zip up the front make covering up at the beach or poolside quick and easy, even if your skin is still damp. This one, in bright yellow twill, is a good choice; twill is cool, but has enough body to limit wrinkling when stashed in a beach tote. charlotterusse.com.

 

Going to the Tar Pits or the Badlands for some fossil hunting? Dirt won't be noticeable on this Dino Map print skirt. Wear it when you're visiting Sue T. Rex. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious. Modcloth.com.
Going to the Tar Pits or the Badlands for some fossil hunting? Dirt won’t be noticeable on this Dino Map print skirt. Wear it when you’re visiting Sue T. Rex. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious. Modcloth.com.

There are excellent reasons to embrace the mini skirt as part of a Shoppinggirl’s Summer wardrobe, and there are so many styles and options that it is now easy for anyone to enjoy the benefits of this fashion item.

 

Not news to Hipster, Retro, Rockabilly, and Nerd Shoppinggirls: There are so many places you can wear this Checkered Denim Mini Skirt by Tinsel. Nordstrom.com.
Not news to Hipster, Retro, Rockabilly, and Nerd Shoppinggirls: There are so many places you can wear this Checkered Denim Mini Skirt by Tinsel. Nordstrom.com.

 

As every Shoppinggirl knows, mini skirts are fantastic wardrobe staples during the Summer

season.

 

The beachy fringe on the Jadis Wrap Mini Skirt by Moon River has the look of a mini with a bit more coverage. Lulus.com.
The beachy fringe on the Jadis Wrap Mini Skirt by Moon River has the look of a mini with a bit more coverage. Lulus.com.

They are cool….

 

 

 

 

 

The '70s peasant look in soft, sandy natural tones was--and still is--an iconic Southern California Coastal vibe. Iconic retro details include the suspender straps highlighted with golden D-rings which are adjustable in the back. These suspender style mini skirts look great over a bikini. freepeople.com.
The ’70s peasant look in soft, sandy natural tones was–and still is–an iconic Southern California Coastal vibe. Iconic retro details include the suspender straps highlighted with golden D-rings which are adjustable in the back. These suspender style mini skirts look great over a bikini. freepeople.com.

They are light and airy….

 

 

 

 

Collegiate Class Gingham Mini in Navy; it is also available in Red. The feminine diagonal ruffle provides flattering figure coverage and enhancement. Lulu.com.
Collegiate Class Gingham Mini in Navy; it is also available in Red. The feminine diagonal ruffle provides flattering figure coverage and enhancement. Lulu.com.

They are easy to move in….

The Modern Femme Denim Mini features shaped seaming front and back to flatter your curves. It is available in a whopping 21 colors and prints. Add dash to your Summer work wardrobe with an intriguing X-ray like shadow print. Freepeople.com.
The Modern Femme Denim Mini features shaped seaming front and back to flatter your curves. It is available in a whopping 21 colors and prints. Add dash to your Summer work wardrobe with an intriguing X-ray like shadow print. Freepeople.com.

 

 

Generate turbulence in the Stay Sassy Skater Skirt in Waves. The hip design gives a nod to iconic Japanese art themes. Modcloth.com.
Generate turbulence in the Stay Sassy Skater Skirt in Waves. The hip design gives a nod to iconic Japanese art themes. Modcloth.com.

They show off your Summer-glowing skin tone, whether you are deeply bronzed, sun kissed, or perfect-as-you-are….

 

Update your Summer wardrobe for only $5! On sale now, this mini features ALL of the Summer colors in a packable, comfy stretch cotton fabric. Charlotterusse.com.
Update your Summer wardrobe for only $5! On sale now, this mini features ALL of the Summer colors in a packable, comfy stretch cotton fabric. Charlotterusse.com.

They are easy to pack for a beach day, weekend trip, or to the office for going out after work….

 

 

 

 

Summer casual in a breezy, feminine and laid back style. The Sweet Lady Mini, available in five colors from freepeople.com.
Summer casual in a breezy, feminine and laid back style. The Sweet Lady Mini, available in five colors from freepeople.com.

They can be feminine….

 

 

 

 

Iconic temptress skirt made for dancing or posing. Vatanika Assymetrical Hem Skirt at shopbop.com.
Iconic temptress skirt made for dancing or posing. Vatanika Assymetrical Hem Skirt at shopbop.com.

Or sultry….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney works its sparkly magic on a pretty skater skirt with a starlit Lilo & Stitch design. The length falls between mini and midi, so you can throw on bike shorts underneath for coverage while getting on and off theme park and carnival rides. Torrid.com.
Disney works its sparkly magic on a pretty skater skirt with a starlit Lilo & Stitch design. The length falls between mini and midi, so you can throw on bike shorts underneath for coverage while getting on and off theme park and carnival rides. Torrid.com.

Or sweet….

 

 

 

For only $5 on sale, you'll be set for patriotic holidays forever. Comfortable, stretchy cotton fabric mini from charlotterusse.com.
For only $5 on sale, you’ll be set for patriotic holidays forever. Comfortable, stretchy cotton fabric mini from charlotterusse.com.

Or just plain fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini skirts can be worn by any Shoppinggirl. So-called “rules” about what age, size, shape or whatever else a Shoppinggirl “should” be in order to wear a mini skirt are nonsense.

Ms. Jane Pesch, 73, knows herself and, thus, knows how to dress authentically. Age need not limit your fashion self-expression. You're still You, aren't you? Photo via mirror.com.
Ms. Jane Pesch, 73, knows herself and, thus, knows how to dress authentically. Age need not limit your fashion self-expression. You’re still You, aren’t you? Photo via mirror.com.
Available in Ivory or Musk (a peachy wheat tone), the Power Play Linen Suit features two useful separates for your Summer work wardrobe that can do double-duty on dates. Freepeople.com.
Available in Ivory or Musk (a peachy wheat tone), the Power Play Linen Suit features two useful separates for your Summer work wardrobe that can do double-duty on dates. Freepeople.com.

The critical factor in what you wear is your understanding of yourself, your personal sense of style, and your activities and practical requirements from your wardrobe.

 

Talk of the Town Mini features batik abstract print highlighted with colorful embroidery motifs. Great for festivals, museums, happy hour, or anything else. Freepeople.com.
Talk of the Town Mini features batik abstract print highlighted with colorful embroidery motifs. Great for festivals, museums, happy hour, or anything else. Freepeople.com.

Besides, there are so many mini skirt variations, you aren’t limited to just one vibe. Lengths vary, starting from longer skirts that are only a few inches above the knee, and up from there to the micro-mini styles. There are all kinds of looks for all kinds of Shoppinggirls, from demure to sporty to nerdy to wild.

So nice we posted it twice.... The Talk of the Town Mini also comes in a Black & Natural Tribal print with brown embroidery. Same design as the Indigo one, but it has a totally different vibe that is great for outdoorsy Summer adventures. Freepeople.com.
So nice we posted it twice…. The Talk of the Town Mini also comes in a Black & Natural Tribal print with brown embroidery. Same design as the Indigo one, but it has a totally different vibe that is great for outdoorsy Summer adventures. Freepeople.com.

 

Every Shoppinggirl can use a mini like this Navy ditsy floral with a button front. Buy the matching top to make a cute set. Minkpink Shady Days skirt at tobi.com.
Every Shoppinggirl can use a mini like this Navy ditsy floral with a button front. Buy the matching top to make a cute set. Minkpink Shady Days skirt at tobi.com.
A denim mini, sparkling with a galaxy of shining star studs, makes for a perfect Summer Night outfit.... You'll probably want to rock the Dolly Parton T-shirt, too. MOTO Star Studded High Waist Skirt by Topshop is available at nordstrom.com.
A denim mini, sparkling with a galaxy of shining star studs, makes for a perfect Summer Night outfit…. You’ll probably want to rock the Dolly Parton T-shirt, too. MOTO Star Studded High Waist Skirt by Topshop is available at nordstrom.com.

Summer weather calls for being cool as well as fashionable, and layering isn’t much of an option in hot and humid conditions. A mini skirt has a certain presence that offers a lot of style in a small package.

This Dolly Parton T-Shirt is a great choice to wear with your Summer denim mini skirt to a music festival or Dollywood. Nordstrom.com.
This Dolly Parton T-Shirt is a great choice to wear with your Summer denim mini skirt to a music festival or Dollywood. Nordstrom.com.

 

Going to the zoo, wildlife rescue center, or just love God's creatures? Dress for the (likely hot and humid) scene in an airy skirt. Share Your Flair Skater Skirt is available at modcloth.com.
Going to the zoo, wildlife rescue center, or just love God’s creatures? Dress for the (likely hot and humid) scene in an airy skirt. Share Your Flair Skater Skirt is available at modcloth.com.

Summer activities are often playful and free in spirit, and mini skirts highlight this mood. This is probably the best season to cut loose and wear a skirt with a fun element, such as a pattern or detailing that winks at your day’s outing to a zoo, aquarium, water park, or other recreational venue.

Under The Sea. And sharks...lots of sharks. Wear a pretty skirt, that's not too short, to the aquarium, water park, or on a cruise. Make Summer even more fun. Style Study A-Line Skirt in Sharks. Modcloth.com.
Under The Sea. And sharks…lots of sharks. Wear a pretty skirt, that’s not too short, to the aquarium, water park, or on a cruise. Make Summer even more fun. Style Study A-Line Skirt in Sharks. Modcloth.com.

 

It’s also a great season to have fun with fads or something you wouldn’t usually wear. Because it’s easy to find Summer fashion bargains, you won’t have to expend a lot for a quirky addition to your wardrobe that you might only wear for a few months. But those kinds of seasonal purchases can be just the thing to keep your wardrobe fresh and exciting to wear and enjoy.

Nautical done right, with tattoo-ish, colorful baleen whales and mermaids adorned in heart pasties. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious, available at modcloth.com.
Nautical done right, with tattoo-ish, colorful baleen whales and mermaids adorned in heart pasties. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious, available at modcloth.com.

 

So, embrace your Summer self and add a mini skirt to your wardrobe. Remember, women in the past actually engaged in protests for the right to wear mini skirts, it’s a Shoppinggirl’s right!

Summer is for the Nerds. Brew up an incendiary chemical reaction, hit the Science Center, or discover new worlds at Summer-night astronomy parties in this Periodic Table print circle skirt. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious. Modcloth.com.
Summer is for the Nerds. Brew up an incendiary chemical reaction, hit the Science Center, or discover new worlds at Summer-night astronomy parties in this Periodic Table print circle skirt. Lively Vibe by Retrolicious. Modcloth.com.
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