STYLE GURU STYLE: Rising Hemlines

The fall 2015 runway shows were peppered with tweed, leather, graphic, printed, appliquéd, flouncy skirts and a whole lot of legs on display. The Carven fall 2015 show in particular, showed bright mini skirts paired with simple accessories that resulted in ensembles that were thoughtful and wearable. Mini skirts are representative of sex appeal, femininity and flirtation, but it is interesting to see that as the hemlines continue to go up, the rest of the outfit is being styled to be more prim, ladylike and demure, creating a contrast that is interesting and fresh.

In the same line of thought, I kept my skirt appropriate for the weather (and for a day at school!) by pairing it with tights and a warm coat. I’m wearing a fuchsia mini over sheer black tights and black stilettos. My basic black T-shirt does not compete with the bright skirt, and the purple coat completes the look.

They’ve come a long way from their time in the spotlight in the ’60s, and now mini skirts have taken on a new role. Not an idea of shock value anymore, miniskirts are great transition pieces when paired with a silk top and heels in the work environment, and just as much at a concert when paired with sneakers and a tank top. However, there’s no skirting around this; miniskirts are best worn when the mood is effervescent. Paired with a slinky crop top and towering heels, they form the perfect outfit for a night on the town.

Get My Look: 1. A cheeky mini skirt in a whimsical jewel tone. 2. A basic, no frills top. 3. Stilettos to up the ante.