According to The Wall Street Journal, miniskirts are over! I didn’t know that. I didn’t know they were ever “in”. I think I mostly associate them with Twiggy. And honestly, up until this moment, I thought we were living a place called Heaven where women could really just wear whatever length of skirt they thought suited them, and that was fine. Saying that one length is now out feels very “1850’s-sleeve-style-changes-perceptibly-and-universally-every-year-Anne-Shirley-must-have-puffed-sleeves-now.”

Admittedly, Heaven is a weird place, because it means sometimes I find myself walking behind a woman thinking she is 16 and then she turns around and I realize she is 60. And that is confusing. But I thought, hey, mini-skirts, wear them if you want to, every skirt length is essentially okay right now, embrace the midi, the mini, the maxi. But I was wrong! Here is how they are over:

Before a recent shoot for OK! Magazine, a publicist tried to coax Amber Stevens, a young, leggy starlet, into a short skirt. Nothing doing.

“A mini dress just isn’t something you go for right now,” says Ms. Stevens, who prides herself on her style. These days, the 24-year-old actress wears her skirts hemmed below the knee.


minis can come off as overdone and just plain old. “It just looks like you’re trying too hard,” says Sharon Graubard, senior vice president of trend analysis for Stylesight, a New York style forecasting service. “That whole if-you’ve-got-it-flaunt-it thing really doesn’t go right now.”

Huh. I’ve never loved mini-skirts until this moment, but now I feel strangely protective of them. How to do you feel about minis?

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