Fash­ion stand­off

Miniskirts: would you or wouldn’t you?

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So­phie War­bur­ton For

I love a miniskirt – with bare legs in the sum­mer and opaque tights come win­ter (I like 80 de­nier). And no, it’s not be­cause I’m tall. I be­lieve there is a miniskirt shape for ev­ery fig­ure. I like an A-line, with just enough of a nod to the ’60s, in a hound­stooth or a tweed. Or draped styles, like this one from The Kooples, where the ma­te­rial hides a mul­ti­tude of sins. The trick is not to skimp when it comes to qual­ity (try The Out­net and Yoox for dis­counted de­signer styles), and to avoid any­thing with elas­tic. It will

not be for­giv­ing. I tend to go a size up, so that the skirt sits on the hips, rather than the waist, and falls a lit­tle lower on the leg. See? I told you it was easy.

Char­lie Gowans-eglin­ton Against

Can any­one wear a miniskirt? Of course there are no for­bid­den fash­ion trends, no mat­ter your fig­ure. But here’s the big­ger ques­tion: why would you want to? You can’t ride a bike in a miniskirt with­out flash­ing your knick­ers, or take a seat on the Tube or at the cinema with­out wor­ry­ing that you’ll get a rash where your bare thighs touch the fab­ric. Midi-skirts, on the other hand, re­ally

do suit any oc­ca­sion. Fluid or A-line, printed or plain, light­weight or cosy. Wear yours on that bike, to the of­fice, at the week­end, with train­ers, heels or boots. Since midi-skirts be­came a ‘thing’, I haven’t even given mi­nis a sec­ond thought.

So­phie wears Wool jumper, £240, Is­abel Marant Etoile (lib­erty­lon­don.com). Silk skirt, £200, The Kooples (thekooples.co.uk). Tights and boots, So­phie’s own. Char­lie wears Cot­ton skirt, £175, LK Ben­nett (lk­ben­nett. com). Shoes, £285, Lo­ef­fler Ran­dall (lo­ef­fler­ran­dall.com). Blouse, Char­lie’s own

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