Style counsel: Eighteen inches high and rising

Must have a mini-skirt? Well, that's up to you. We've chosen four of the best from the high street, and a bit of Stella.

If only Stella Tennant's legs were available in the shops too. Then the mini-skirt revival would really be worth getting excited about. Nevertheless, women of every shape and leg length are getting excited (well, a bit), and tentatively trying them for size. From Christian Dior where they are little more than exaggerated belts, to Warehouse who have at least ten versions, there is a mini-skirt to suit everyone.

Mini-skirts should not only show the knees, but also a good portion of the thighs too. A good length is 18 inches; 14 inches is strictly for teenagers. Don't worry, it's not compulsory.

The last time there was this many mini-skirts available on the high street, you can bet your bottom dollar there was a jacket featuring gilt buttons and shoulder pads to match. Fashion historians will say "oh yes, whenever there is a boom in the economy, hemlines rise". This may well be true, but the fact is mini-skirts are a designer's way - however subliminal - of saying that we want our clothes to somehow represent our sexual nature.

Ask any man about mini-skirts and he will admit to taking a second look at a woman wearing something that shows a bit of leg. Then ask if he would approve of his partner wearing one. Not all would say yes. Whatever, if you want one in leather, in tweed, in black, red, or even embroidered with a dragon (one split or two Madame?), you can find it at a suitable price on the high street. The Miu Miu skirt modelled by Stella Tennant (left) has already sold out at Harvey Nichols (but they're expecting another delivery soon).

Luckily, mini-skirts don't cause the same kind of moral and social panic they did in the Sixties. Back then British models halted traffic in New York wearing Mary Quant minis. This wouldn't happen today. In fact, a woman wearing a see-through dress would barely raise an eyebrow. Stella Tennant's legs ... well, that's another story.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Trainee Field Sales - OTE £30,000

    £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a rapidly expanding offi...

    Recruitment Genius: Support and Development Engineer

    £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The leading provider of Employee Managem...

    Recruitment Genius: Creative Designer

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Kent based design consulta...

    Recruitment Genius: Contract Inspection Engineer

    £230 - £250 per day: Recruitment Genius: Ensure that all testing procedures co...

    Day In a Page

    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
    10 best statement lightbulbs

    10 best statement lightbulbs

    Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
    Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
    Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

    Dustin Brown

    Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
    Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
    Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

    Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

    Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
    John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

    Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

    'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
    Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

    Forget little green men

    Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
    Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

    Dying dream of Doctor Death

    Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy