The Return of the Micro-Mini Skirt

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Just when you thought clothes couldn’t get any smaller, they got smaller. One of the trends taking over fashion week this past fall was micro-mini skirts, another Y2K fever dream that you thought was over. This barely-there bottom has been seen on numerous celebrities and has caught on in big ways since its debut in September in Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection for fashion week. The trend has even made its way to magazine covers with celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Zendaya rocking the look on the covers of Vanity Fair and Interview.

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More recently, other designers have taken notice of the micro-mini skirt’s popularity. Brands such as Diesel and Dion Lee have debuted their own versions of the tiny skirt at their Fall/Winter 2022 Fashion Week shows. Shown in many different fabrics, styles and prints, the micro-mini skirt’s success continues to be reinforced by new designs. 

The tiny skirt made its debut in the 1960s. It was associated with the youthquake movement and aligned with the FDA approval of the birth control pill. During the 60s, the original knee-length skirt inched upwards, ultimately ending in what we today call the micro-mini. The trend has cycled in and out of popularity in the decades since, hitting a resurgence in demand during the early 2000s and now gaining recognition in 2022. The return of the micro-mini skirt seems like the perfect response to pandemic-caused restrictions. Since we™ve spent the last couple of years in sweats, it’s a perfect time to start baring some skin again. 

Realistically, you might be wondering how to style this ultra-tiny trend. It’s difficult to think about walking to class, or even down the street, without being worried about something coming out. VALLEY is here to help with some wearable micro-mini skirt options that are tiny, but manageable. While some of these options are on the longer end, if you feel like it’s not short enough for the trend, you can always use a pair of fabric scissors to make it your own.

If you’re only interested in the top-of-the-line aspect of the trend, let’s just start with the original Miu Miu design. Both low-rise and incredibly short, this stand-out piece from the spring 2022 runway in October made its way onto numerous magazine covers and has been spotted on a number of our favorite celebrities. Although the runway version is sold out, you can check out sites such as Modesens and Moda Operandi, which offer resale prices of the design.

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Want to get in on the trend but not drop a fortune? There are a ton of affordable options to try. Fashion Nova was one of the first sites to offer a knock-off version of the famous Miu Miu mini-skirt. Their thigh-skimming version comes as part of a matching set with a cropped tube top accompanying the micro-mini skirt.

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If you’re looking for something with a little more coverage, several brands sell the mini-skirt with built-in shorts underneath, that way you don’t have to worry if a sudden gust of wind comes out of nowhere (which is very likely in Happy Valley). Free People offers a pleated micro mini skort and Urban Outfitters sells knit mini skorts in a variety of cute colors and patterns.

Mini-skirts don’t have to be just for going out, there are a ton of sportier options available as well. If you’re interested, check out sites such as Outdoor Voices, Lululemon, Halara and Athleta. These brands offer a range of skirt/skort options in various colors and lengths. Ranging from $25 to $70, these skirts are perfect for the gym or everyday use!

Other brands such as Zara, Revolve and Garage offer some great affordable options as well. They also showcase the ultra-tiny style in denim, leather, knit and many other fabrics, as well as many different colors, so you’re sure to find a micro-mini that works best for your style.

Are you hopping on the micro-mini skirt trend? Tag us on Instagram @VALLEYMag with photos of you rocking the micro-mini.



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