My fondness for short hemlines dates back to late-elementary school, when my amazing seamstress of a mother was making me a jumper for my fifth-grade graduation. “Can you make the skirt shorter?” I asked, fully aware that 1) I was 11 years old and had absolutely no business wearing short outfits, and 2) the answer would definitely be no. (It was.) I ended up with an age-appropriate pinafore that hit an inch above the knee, and I loved it (it was custom—Mommy Couture!) But still, years later, when I finally was old enough to wear legitimate miniskirts, they were pretty much the only thing I wanted to put on my body.
Things haven’t changed much. I think super-short pieces are perennially cool and far more comfortable than pants, and I love that so many women before me chose to wear them at a time when they were deemed scandalous and inappropriate.
The best miniskirts of summer 2016 come in A-lines and tiers, splashy prints and bold solids. They’re denim, leather, and jersey; and best of all, they’re all ahead for you to shop right now.
Appliqué Suede Skirt, $79.99; at Mango
Amalya Scuba Gingham Box Pleat Skater Skirt, $12 (was $22); at Boohoo
Embroidered Mini Skirt, $49.90; at Zara
Gathered Waist Skirt, $50 (was $99) at Cos
Topshop Rio Leopard Print Miniskirt, $38; at Nordstrom
Iro Gaetane Skirt, $119.60, (was $299); at Shopbop
After Party Vintage Gold Moves Leather Skirt, $168; at Nasty Gal
A-Line Skirt, $24.99; at H&M
Mini Skirt with Pep Hem in Texture, $30; at Asos
Red Valentino Floral-Print Taffeta Miniskirt, $395; at Net-A-Porter
Rosalie Button Skirt, $178; at J Brand
Striped Wrap Frony Miniskirt, $38.50; at Torrid
Adidas Originals Pleated Mesh and Ponte Miniskirt, $70.40; at The Outnet
A Jour Le Jour Miniskirt, $263; at Yoox
Rebecca Taylor Amanda Floral Silk Tiered Skirt, $177 (was $295); at Neiman Marcus
Alexander Wang Leather-Fringed Miniskirt, $169 (was $695); at Barneys
Rivet & Thread Embroidered Japanese Denim Skirt, $118; at Madewell
Milly Camo Print Modern Miniskirt, $225; at Revolve
Authentic Miniskirt, $30 (was $40); at Levi's
Parker Bergen Stripe Knit Skirt, $198.75 (was $265); at Bloomingdale's