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Thursday, 19 October 2017

How to wear a Miniskirt over 40 | The 4 C's!

Chunky Statement Knit, Jacquard Miniskirt & Buckle Boots | Mini Skirts over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Should we be wearing Miniskirts over 40?
Hmmmmm.....

There are plenty of online articles (and opinionated people) that will tell you NO!
"Cover your knees."
"You're too old to have your legs out."
"Mini skirts are cheap and vulgar."
"You look like a desperate old slapper in that!!"

Luckily, I am just as strongly opinionated as the critics and (for me) age has NOTHING to do with whether or not you look good in a mini hemline.
Age is an irrelevance.

The only thing that matters is if you feel good wearing one.
Feeling good means looking good.
Anyone else's opinion doesn't matter a jot!


Chunky Statement Knit, Jacquard Miniskirt & Buckle Boots | Mini Skirts over 40 | Fake Fabulous

The 4 C's you need before you Wear a Mini Skirt

1. Confidence


If you don't feel happy and confident in your miniskirt (or minidress) step away.
Confidence is key.
If you feel awkward you will look awkward.
If you are pulling and tugging at the hem self consciously then forget about it!
There are plenty of other great styles to choose from.

2. Camouflage

If your legs are on the heavy side, have marks, discolouration, spider veins or a deathly blueish tinge (like mine) you may want to invest in some good hosiery.
{Don't even think about putting cheap tights on with your mini.... even perfect pins look bad in cheap tights.}

Spend as much as you can afford to get a good quality pair.
The difference is amazing.
Even opaque support tights are indistinguishable from regular tights nowadays.... long gone are those wrinkly granny tights.
Support tights might sound scary but they are perfect for any vein issues you may have, or if you suffer from tired and achy legs.

Be aware that patterned (and lacy) tights can visibly thicken the legs, great for me not so good if your legs are more athletic in shape.
If in doubt stick to block colours.... black is not always best, and there are some beautiful coloured tights out there to float your boat!

In warm weather why not go bare!?
All you need is de-fuzzing, a little lotion and some TLC before heading out in that mini skirt.

Use every means at your disposal to fake those gorgeous pins!

3. Care less (about knees)

Forget about the state of your (imperfect) knees.

Many people will tell you to cover your knees as you get older.
"Knees are ugly and wrinkly!"
Who really cares about your knees apart from you?
No one.
Knees are never pretty, even on the beautiful people.

I've had seriously knobbly ones all of my life but I'm not going to let them stop me enjoying wearing a shorter hemline.
Get your knees out if you want to!

4. Chill Out

If you're feeling too exposed and a bit too "sexy" in your mini, you may want to tone things down a little.
Try flat shoes (or boots) and a loose fitting top to add a carefree and casual vibe.

Having said that, if you want to wear a fitted top and high heels then bloody well go for it!
It's your life, and your body to dress how you please.

Today I paired this funky little mini skirt with a chunky knit (see this jumper in an all-pink look HERE), opaque tights and chunky ankle boots.

Chunky Statement Knit, Jacquard Miniskirt & Buckle Boots | Mini Skirts over 40 | Fake Fabulous
There is plenty of colour (and pattern) within this look so I kept my accessories to a minimum.
Earrings and lipstick.
Simple.

Chunky Statement Knit, Jacquard Miniskirt & Buckle Boots | Mini Skirts over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Do you love a mini hemline?
Are you getting your legs out regardless of age?

If not, what's stopping you?
Body confidence?
Peer and social pressures?

Please let me know in the comments.
I would love to hear your opinion on this.

Chunky Statement Knit, Jacquard Miniskirt & Buckle Boots | Mini Skirts over 40 | Fake Fabulous

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21 comments

  1. You’ve certainly nailed the look Samantha. The colours are fabulous.
    I think opaque tights are the best thing ever I’d live in mine all year round. Hmm I mainly have this year the weather has been so bad
    LYNN xx

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    1. Hahahaha, it has certainly been tights weather Lynn!
      I LOVE my collection of opaques, in all colours.
      They're such an easy way to complete a look, aren't they?
      Thank you for your kindness.
      XXX

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  2. YAY!! So glad you posted this Samantha .I'm nearly 45 and I feel my happiest and most like me when I'm wearing a dress or skirt above the knee with opaque tights and flattish boots. So there Trinny and Susannah! (I believe they said you shouldn't wear a dress above the knee once you hit 40.. or was it 35.. any way its poppycock. Get your pins out! I have shortish legs and they are athletic and not super slim but I don't care :-D

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    1. YES!
      Get those pins out.
      Mine are like knotted in strings.... none of us are perfect and why should we have to be?
      Enjoy wearing your minis and lets stick two fingers up to the "not over 35" brigade. :oP
      XXX

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    2. knotted strings or knots in strings.... not knotted in strings! LOL

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  3. What a fantastic look! I love it! Just yesterday's I was in a shop and had a mini skirt in my hands. I love mini skirts in Autumn and winter but never wear then anymore. I think they don't suit me. But now I'm thinking: why not try it! Okay, I will, you convinced me. Should I wear knitted tights, we call then maillots, with a tweed skirt? And are you recommending 60 denier, or thicker, tights?

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    1. Go for it Nancy!
      What are you waiting for? As for tights... knitted looks quirky and cool, especially with boots or brogues.
      Personally, I like the look of 40 denier and above. Whatever floats your boat really! 40 denier looks nice if the quality is great, higher deniers are more practical in colder weather.
      Why not try some coloured 40-60 deniers, for something light looking but still making a statement.
      Tweed skirts look great with heavier deniers.... pick out a colour in the pattern and have fun!
      XXX

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  4. It has nothing to do with age. And you're superb in mini skirt.

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  5. you look (particularly) fabulous in this outfit, I love those cute booties, the pullover with pompoms, and the print on the mini skirt, those details that make everything looks so cool and interesting!
    Great advice on wearing whatever you like!, you rock!
    besos

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  6. Definitely an outfit I would wear, and it suits you so well!

    My legs always have been, and still are, my best feature, so I'm not hiding them away any time soon! I tend to stick with knee-length in summer, as I am more conscious these days of my knees being past their best, but I love being able to wear a shorter skirt with thick tights in autumn and winter.

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    1. I've given up on worrying about my knees Fran.
      They're not great but hey ho things could be worse.
      I'm glad to hear that you enjoy rocking a mini too!
      XXX

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  7. Love the whole look and the details are perfect!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  8. Yep, even though I am nearing the end of my early fifties, I still have and wear mini skirts, mainly in winter though! My fave is a red black & white giant houndstooth pattern from M&S, usually worn with a red cardi over a black l/s t-shirt and black opaques with flat black patent knee boots.

    I tend to wear mine with flat / chunky boots, either knee or ankle and opaques. I'm not comfortable in heels & short skirts nowadays.

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    1. Keep enjoying your minis Floss.
      That houndstooth skirt sounds perfect with patent boots!
      XXX

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  9. I don't tend to wear mini skirts, although I have worn a couple with black tights - thick black tights too! You look great in this and the colours really suit you. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jacqui!
      Maybe you could give them another go this winter? :O)
      XXX

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  10. Good grief! I seem to have missed a big ol bunch of your postings Samantha!! I've been following you via Bloglovin but perhaps they aren't serving my interests as well as I'd assumed.
    The color of that sweater and your hair color are SO wonderful together. I think I love the shot of you and your lovely grey dog best. The contrast of his grey fur adds to the richness in your sweater and hair.
    I'm going to have to check on your blog more diectlh from mow on to make sure I'm updated!

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  11. Good grief! I seem to have missed a big ol bunch of your postings Samantha!! I've been following you via Bloglovin but perhaps they aren't serving my interests as well as I'd assumed.
    The color of that sweater and your hair color are SO wonderful together. I think I love the shot of you and your lovely grey dog best. The contrast of his grey fur adds to the richness in your sweater and hair.
    I'm going to have to check on your blog more diectlh from mow on to make sure I'm updated!

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