Yes, You Can Wear (These) Miniskirts During the Winter

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During the winter, our outfits tend to get pretty formulaic. (It’s too cold to think.) They usually consist of T-shirt or button-down, a sweater or sweatshirt, some high-waisted pants and ALL the winter accouterments (scarves, beanies, thick-ass socks and, on particularly punishing days, thermal understuff). But in 2018, things will be different. Congressional seats will shuffle and we’ll break out our all-weather miniskirts.

We know what you’re thinking. Miniskirts? Mid-January? Have faith, kind readers. We’ve already given you the tools you need to warm your legs sans pants. (See: the absolute best tights to shop right now, several of them knitted or fleece-lined). Now, all you need is a nice, inexpensive miniskirt to wriggle on over ‘em.

Miniskirts are like a dose of vitamin C for your cold-induced wardrobe slump. Shorter hemlines break up your silhouette, making your upper half — be it covered in an oversized chunky sweater or even a plain turtleneck — appear much more interesting. (Side note: We nonetheless recommend layering a half-tucked button-down, tucked-in cardigan or patterned V-neck knit over your turtlenecks. Even with an abridged hemline, T-necks are still pretty bland solo.)

Miniskirts on the Spring 2018 runways. Gucci Spring 2018, Chanel Spring 2018, Christian Dior Spring 2018

Gucci Spring 2018, Chanel Spring 2018, Christian Dior Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Take a page out of Alessandro Michele’s styling book and pair a zigzagging, thigh-skimming pencil skirt with a floral peplum top, waist-cinching fanny pack, metallic nylons and Mary Janes. Or, per Karl Lagerfeld, try the miniskirt-suit look. (In the colder months, trade that tube top for a sweater and the plastic thigh-highs for more insulated footwear.) Or, follow Maria Chiuri Grazia’s lead and team a pleated tennis skirt with a patterned button-down, ankle-grazing duster, lace-up boots and sassy, peekaboo knee-socks.

Warm takes on miniskirt dressing.

Mentally add on tights and overlayers; Image: Christian Vierig/Getty Images, Edward Berthelot/Getty Images, Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Let’s take a look at how miniskirts work out in the wild. Note how blogger Tiffany Hsu (right) balanced out her hyper-high hemline with a chunky fair isle knit, an extra-long poncho and platform boots. (The check-on-check layering was a nice touch.) Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert (center) went the suit route, adding extra maximalist flair with cheetah print boots to match her blazer sleeves and a bright red shoulder bag to complement her tartan skirt. The more subdued Miroslava Duma (left) added interest to her throwback denim mini with a strong-shouldered outsize blazer and shiny white boots.

Some final tips:

  1. Wear full-coverage underwear. To keep in warmth and avoid wardrobe malfunctions.
  2. Leave your ankles exposed and your heels at home. This will create a longer, more alluring line. Plus, with minis, flats feel chicer — more stylishly insouciant.
  3. Cover your arms. To balance out your exposed bottom half.
  4. Mini skirts call for mini handbags. Again, because balance.

Ahead, 26 miniskirts you can comfortably live in all winter.

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