Call me a large square but the trend of the micro-mini is for me a few centimeters too much | Skirts

T.This season’s biggest fashion must-have is the smallest skirt you’ve ever seen in your life. In case you have somehow missed the micro Miu Miu that has gone mega, let me describe it to you. Imagine taking a pair of chinos with a pleat in the front and cutting both legs just above the crotch seam, so that you are left with the belt and the few inches of fabric ending at the exact height of the gusset of the panties, with the inside part of the pockets that pop out underneath. That.

The skirt is from Miu Miu’s spring collection and, despite its small size, you have probably seen it, because it has been everywhere. It was on the cover of iD, on the plus size model Paloma Elsesser. It was on the cover of Vogue Korea. Lara Stone wore it on Czech Vogue; Zendaya wore it in Interview magazine. Emma Corrin wore it to a New York Fashion Week party. In the season of the miniskirt renaissance, this is everyone’s homecoming queen.

Jenny Suet In Tsang with that Miu Miu miniskirt.
Jenny Tsang inside That Miu Miu mini skirt. Photo: Vanni Bassetti / Getty Images

I’m pretty mad about this skirt. It’s not that I disapprove, mind you. I’m not, to be clear, like one of those men from the 1960s who beat the umbrellas on the window of the Mary Quant boutique in disgust, inveighing for lack of morale. I have no objection to wearing any skirt, visible to the naked eye or not.

No, my disappointment is that when the miniskirt revival started late last year, I was a little caught. Yes, I thought to myself, I’m actually a little bored with my floppy skirts banging around my shins all the time. Long live the miniskirt! When this trend hits the city, I will definitely get on board.

But then the miniskirt revival turned into a micro-mini. And the invisi-mini doesn’t work for me, because – call me a big square, but basically I like clothes that look pretty normal. So the miniskirt I want is a skirt that ends somewhere in the middle of the thigh. A skirt that ends midway between the knees and the bottom. A mini macro, not a micro.

I realize this makes me look like 45 million years old, but it’s not entirely a matter of age. Nicole Kidman is 54 and wore this skirt on the cover of Vanity Fair. Each on behalf of her, but to me the micro feels cold and full of drafts.

I hope it goes without saying that I would fully defend the right of every woman to wear the most minimal of skirts. But the way I see it, clothes are a way of telling the world who you are and what you mean, and I guess I’m not sure I want to put the top of my thighs at the center of my public identity. So a slightly longer miniskirt is where my heart is. All the joyful energy of a mini, but with a little less singing and dancing.

I’m talking about Monica in Friends, who had a very good fit in A-line mini skirts worn with, say, a ribbed turtleneck and a pair of mid-heeled knee-high boots. So good. I’m talking about Alana Haim in Licorice Pizza, in the short, long-sleeved chocolate brown dress she wears on a first date, and again later in the film. Ali MacGraw in kilt in Love Story, never off the moodboard.

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The macro-mini was on the runway at Max Mara for this spring, in an adult version that has been dubbed the “mini boardroom”, and looks great on Fendi for fall in a robust check, with a flounce under a slip. which adds a couple of extra inches.

The smallest skirt of the season is the one that makes the most noise. But it’s the not-so-mini that has legs.

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