Given my well-documented love of the midi skirt, you might find it hard to believe, but there was once a time when I was all about the pelmet skirt.
Of course, I didn’t actually know they were called “‘pelmet skirts” back then. I thought that was just what my mum called them when she said, “You can’t go out in that! It’s not even a skirt: it’s a pelmet!” I COULD go out in it, though, and I DID. In fact, for part of my teens and early twenties, my only real criteria in buying skirts or dresses was that they be super, super short. I even wore pelmet-length skirts to my weekend job in a call centre. I shudder to think of it.
I don’t think the pelmet skirt (Which is basically a micro-mini, by the way, for anyone wondering what on earth I’m talking about here) ever really stopped being popular: I do know, however, that I finally reached a point at which skirts shorter than my fingertip reach stopped feeling comfortable to me, and I started to reach for (much) longer hemlines. I’m not a fan of the idea of “age-appropriate” dressing – I firmly believe that if you like something, and feel comfortable in it, then you should feel free to wear it, whatever your age – but it’s definitely true to say that pelmet skirts are mostly the province of the young. Even when they weren’t strictly “in fashion”, young women were still wearing them – and they’ll probably continue to wear them long after the current trend is over.
Will YOU be wearing them, though? Pelmet skirts are a big trend for autumn/winter: the three skirts above are all from Topshop, and just a small (no pun intended) selection of the super-short skirts currently available on the site – and from many other high street retailers. While my younger self would be thrilled by this news, and would be stocking up as I write this, my current self is simply breathing a sigh of relief that the midi-length skirt is still around, too. I just don’t think I could pull off something this short (I probably couldn’t in my teens either, to be completely honest!), although I admire those who can. With thick tights, a turleneck and flats, for instance, this kind of skirt can have a nice, 60s-inspired feel to it, which I like – just not enough to actually try and wear it!