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Mini Skirts for Grown-Ups

This piece can go way beyond the club.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Mini skirts deserve their time in the spotlight. We've seen a lot of midi and maxi skirts over the past few years, but I'm here to make the case for a classic mini. People often think of mini skirts as the belly-baring, low-rise, early '00s staple, but the piece has come a long way. Today, there are a wide variety of mini skirt options that aren't just for the club, ranging from fringe to denim. The beauty of the mini skirt is that it can be easily dressed up or down. Take a high-waisted leather skirt, for example: rock it with some strappy heels and a bodysuit for a night out, or pair it with a blazer, sweater, tights, and boots for a daytime outfit. Ahead, 10 skirts that solidify the mini's essential status.

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Mod Mini Skirt
Celia Belted Floral Linen Skort
FAITHFULL THE BRAND intermixonline.com

Channel your inner Brigitte Bardot with this mod little number. Style this vintage-inspired skirt with a sleeveless high neck blouse and some espadrilles. 

Slip Skirt
Slip Skirt
Cydnie Jordan New York cydniejordanny.com

This skirt might be a basic, but it's anything but basic. A little black slip skirt is a versatile piece that works for every season. This skirt can be dressed up for a night out with some heels or dressed down with a t-shirt and sneakers. 

Pleated Mini
Pleated Skirt
Zara zara.com

This purple pleated skirt is the perfect pop to a neutral outfit. 

Paper Bag Waist
Paperbag-Waist Mini Skirt
The Attico matchesfashion.com

Highlight your waist with this Attico mini skirt that cinches you in. The neutral color will make this piece a go-to in your wardrobe.  

Denim Mini
Parker Wrap Denim Miniskirt
Free People nordstrom.com

It's time to give the boring denim mini skirt an upgrade. This skirt has an asymmetrical wrap front that gives the classic piece an edgy feel. 

Animal Print
Zebra Print Mini Skirt
Andamane farfetch.com

A great way to incorporate animal print into your wardrobe is by rocking a printed mini skirt. Pair this funky piece with a black turtleneck and black tights to let it shine. 

Fringe Mini
Michael Michael Kors Fringed Mini Skirt
Michael Michael Kors farfetch.com

Fringe is about to be one of this season's biggest trends, so I suggest getting ahead of the game by buying a fun fringe mini skirt. 

Cotton Mini
LoveShackFancy Emilia Cotton Miniskirt
LoveShackFancy mytheresa.com

The perfect beach skirt: found. This cotton miniskirt will look amazing thrown over your favorite bikini paired with some shell jewelry.  

Fall-Approved Floral
Naomi Ruffled Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Mini Skirt
Isabel Marant Étoile net-a-porter.com
$104.00 (60% off)

Floral skirts are a summertime staple, but many feature light colors that are only wearable three months of the year. This burgundy skirt is a fall-approved color allowing you to incorporate the feminine floral into your autumn wardrobe. 

Leather Mini
Paloma Skirt
RtA shopbop.com

A great leather mini skirt is a night out must-have. This one in particular is high-waisted which is super flattering and looks great with a bodysuit. 

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