I recently received an excellent Ask Fashion Sensei question from Candy regarding denim mini skirts for women over 30.
I’m 30ish and have the hankering to wear a mini blue jean skirt. First, are they hot right now or so, so?? A friend of mine mentioned that she was going to pair a jean skirt of hers with leggings. I think we’re too old to do that trick. What do you think??? IF I can rock a jean skirt, any tips/ideas on how to make it fabulous? Thanks
Jean skirts are as timeless as jeans themselves. Like denim pants, they can be dressed up with a blouse and heels or dressed down with a pair of flip flops and worn over your swimsuit to the beach.
With regard to your question on wearing leggings with a mini skirt, I would pass. I agree with you Candy, I think that look would be better suited to the 18 and under crowd.
How Old, Is Too Old?
Your query provokes another question that many other women have. When are you too old to wear a mini skirt? In considering the appropriate hemline for women over 30, my general advice is to limit the length of your skirts to 2-3 inches above the knee. Notice I said general advice—there are countless caveats to this recommendation. For example, if you have long legs, you will want to stick to a slightly longer length than someone who has very short legs.
You should also take into consideration the proportion of your legs. If you have heavy legs, the most flattering length for a skirt is at the narrowest area of your leg—which is just above or just below your knee.
Take a look at these pictures of mother of three Heidi Klum, who will be 36 in June.
Photo Source: People.com
Frankly, I think the first skirt is too short. For the average woman over 30—and especially over 35—a micro mini is a hard look to pull off. The third picture has a perfect length; it’s sexy without having to worry if one of your butt cheeks are hanging out.
Jean Skirts—In or Out?
As I mentioned before, I think jean skirts are always in. Like denim pants, it depends on the cut and what you pair with the skirt. The other great advantage to owning a jean skirt is that you can wear it during all four seasons. You can wear a jean skirt in the summer with sandals; or with a sweater, thick tights and a pair of boots in the winter.
I did a little shopping online—here are a few jean skirt looks that I would suggest.
Shopping Info: J.Crew skirt; J.Crew top; Salvatore Ferragamo Scuderia Satchel; Laser Cut Sandal Peep-Toe Bootie by Nicholas Kirkwood for Pollini; Miu Miu Shoes; More-Than-Half Clutch by Lisa Perry; Callouge Ring by DANNIJO; Merona printed shrug by Diane von Furstenberg.
Shopping Info: Gap White Denim Skirt; Limited: flowered top, Rayon Wrap, Indian hinge bracelet, Shell Disk Earrings; Nine West Sorcer, Piperlime.com; Gap: Denim mini, Striped Summer T; kate spade Caprice; bright lights, big city charm bracelet;Alena Stud Earrings, Forever 21.
Thanks for your inquiry Candy, I hope this information helps. If you have a question regarding style, click on the Ask Fashion Sensei tab and leave a comment. Your question may be used for a future Fashion Lesson.
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