The sun is shining and temperatures are rising making it ideal weather to rock a mini skirt. This staple piece is a fashionable way to show off your legs and stay cool on those scorching hot summer days. Mini skirts are one of the best types of skirts for petites because they can make your legs look longer and create the illusion of height. Now you might wonder how to rock a mini skirt without looking too short or exposed. Well, don't worry, because I've put together some tips and tricks to help you rock a mini skirt with confidence and flair this summer. Let's get started!

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Casual & Comfy

Comfort is key for the days you spend running errands, meeting friends, or chilling at home, so pair your mini skirt with a simple t-shirt or tank top and some sneakers or sandals. A mini skirt in a solid color or a classic print like stripes or polka dots works well for this look. If you opt for a printed style, select a smaller print as large ones can tend to overwhelm a petite frame.

Complete your casual and cool outfit by accessorizing with a cute hat, sunglasses, or a crossbody bag. Layer with a denim jacket or a windbreaker for some extra warmth and added texture. Voila, you are now ready to take on your day in comfort and style.

Stylist tip: Typically when you select your mini skirt, choose a length that is a couple inches above the knee or hits at the mid-thigh. More importantly, the key is to make sure you choose a length you feel comfortable in.

Feminine & Flirty

If you want to spice things up a bit, why not try a mini skirt with a puff sleeve top and wedges? This combination is sure to turn heads and make you feel fabulous! A puff sleeve top or blouse is a feminine choice that can add some volume and drama to your outfit. It is important to create balance on your petite frame when choosing this look so make sure you pick a top that compliments your mini skirt.

For example, if you are wearing a solid-colored mini skirt, you can go for a puff sleeve top with some prints or embellishments. If you are wearing a printed mini skirt, opt for a solid-colored puff sleeve top. Tuck your top into your mini skirt to define your waist and create a streamlined look. If you love feminine styles but don't want to show off too much leg, try a hi-lo style which provides coverage yet has a flirty side slit.

Sophisticated & Elegant

For all the hardworking fashionistas, you will need a more polished and refined look that's suitable for going from desk to dinner. In this case, select a mini skirt in a neutral color or a subtle print like plaid or houndstooth.

A mini skirt with pleats, buttons, or scallop detailing adds some unique interest to your look. Pair it with a blouse or a lightweight sweater and your favorite heels. Layer on a blazer or coat to add some structure, coverage, and sophistication. If you need some help leveling up your girl-boss vibe, make sure to let your Short Story personal stylist know!

Boho & Breezy

For all my boho babes who want to rock a mini skirt, think of prints, patterns, and textures. Embroidery, lace, and fringe all reflect this style too! These elements will add some personality and charm to your look and make it more fun and playful. Opt for a mini skirt that has a flowy or flared shape, as it will create some movement and volume. A crop top, a denim shirt, or a tank are some excellent options to pair with your mini of choice.

You can also tuck in your top or knot it at the waist to define your figure and accentuate your waistline. If you aren't ready to take the plunge with a mini style, try a tiered midi style which has a boho feel you will love. Whether you're heading to a festival, a brunch, or a girl's night out, following these tips and tricks will have you looking boho-chic.

Trendy & Edgy

If you want to appear edgy and current, find a mini skirt with some attitude. Look for skirts that have interesting and trendy details like zippers, studs, buckles, or fray hems. Focus on materials like leather, suede, textured animal print, or denim. Not committed to taking the leap with a mini skirt? Opt for a skort that gives you an extra amount of coverage and won't leave you feeling too exposed.

No matter what style you choose, the skirt should have some structure and shape, such as A-line, pencil, or wrap styles. These will hug your petite curves and accentuate your waistline. Rock your mini skirt with a graphic tee and accessorize with a chain belt, hoops, clear heels, or checkered vans depending on the vibe you're going for. Now you are ready to rock and roll wherever you may go!

The most important tip when styling a mini skirt for your petite frame is to have fun and be confident in your own skin. Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot wear based on your height or size! You are beautiful and unique and deserve to express yourself through fashion.

If you still need help getting a leg up on this trend, one of our Short Story stylists is standing by and will be more than happy to curate the perfect petite box for you!

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*Cover photo: Sydne Style