Why has it taken me until my sixties to wear a mini skirt? Is this the time to put those fears to one side and embrace this “tiny” trend? This is an item I never thought I would wear at my age (62). Going back to when the mini skirt was first introduced, 60 years ago, it was then heralded as a symbol of freedom, for women to throw off the tailored constraints of their parents’ generation. There was no ‘are my legs good enough’ nonsense, the short skirts were a symbol of throwing off the shackles of the former generation.
Nowadays, I like to think the mini is doing the same for my generation. We are free to wear what we want, how we want, at whatever age.
Now, before anyone accuses me of being self-deluded, or thinks I may be having a midlife crisis moment, this is something many women my age are discovering, too. We are finding that, beyond a certain age (and with a little bit of maintenance), our legs can become our best asset.
I recently read an article by the 58-year-old fitness expert, Lucinda Meade, which spurred me on! Lucinda said,
“…the loss of that subcutaneous fat from our legs means it is the perfect time to build an outstanding pair of pins. Though muscle wastage also hits at this age, it is never too late to work on strength and shape.”
For the first time, I have found I can ‘get away with a miniskirt’ which will probably be my go-to cooler-weather staple from Autumn to Spring. I never wore them in my youth – the nearest I got was wearing “hot pants”, as they were known back then. But, I always opted for the longer length. If you are a certain age, you may remember them.
Around this time (1980 ish), I bought a great suit from Miss Selfridge. It had a long, cream, boxy jacket with thigh length shorts to match. After applying fake tan to my pasty white legs, I would wear this suit with a little tee. My footwear would be either strappy high or flat sandals…. and, off I would go dancing the night away to KC and the Sunshine Band in either “Julies” or “Annabel’s. These were the two “happening” nightclubs of my youth in the North East of England.
Anyhoo, getting back to the topic at hand – how have I styled my two new shorter skirts …… without feeling a touch muttony?
First of all, I will give you a quick description of both skirts which I, coincidently, purchased from H&M. I noticed the checked skirt, immediately, and thought the feel of the wool and pattern looked more expensive than the £24.99 price tag. There is also a matching blazer which I am very tempted to buy. Let’s see if it’s reduced in the winter sales.
The second skirt is cream with a silver stud effect. This skirt caught my attention while having a browse around the store. I tried it on and, immediately, started to imagine wearing it with a white oversized shirt, stomping boots and my Barbour jacket. The possibilities are endless. This skirt is £29.00.
Both skirts are a simple “A line” shape. I have experimented with various looks. I find that the footwear, shirt, or jumper along with outerwear are all key styling in making this look work. Of course, everyone is different. But, I wear mine with either a flat shoe or a low block heel. I do not suit over the knee boots (my legs are not long enough to carry them)!
But, below the knee or ankle boots, work for me – making the look more streamlined. In all of the photographs, you will notice I am wearing either “lace up” or “Chelsea style” boots, which have a block heel. The Chelsea boot has a slight platform which elongates my legs and gives me a little bit of a lift. I am also wearing my black opaque tights which are perfect for these chilly days, and they finish the look off. I hope you have enjoyed this post and have found some inspiration if you are wanting to give the mini skirt a go.