The running joke in the fashion community is that we see the Miu Miu mini skirt more than we see our families.
It was the look from Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2022 collection, heralding the return of low-rise mini skirts and solidifying the return of Y2K fashion. Yet the barely there skirt—once a hallmark of freedom, rebellion, and adolescent anarchy—has taken on a new life.
Who knew, six months after Miuccia Prada so innocently sent it down the runway, that we'd be in a tailspin?
It started, of course, with waif-chic 'It-girls' Emma Corrin and Hailey Bieber fronting the Spring/Summer 2022 campaign, followed by a slew of influencers and celebrities like Chiara Ferragni and Saweetie donning the Miu Miu skirt set for various public appearances.
For her 60s-inspired Interview Magazine cover, Zendaya opted for the grey variation with matching crop-top, before Nicole Kidman sent tongues wagging with her non-conformist—and school girl-esque—Vanity Fair cover.
Now the micro mini boasts not only a fast-fashion replica (a true marker that the skirt's reached desirable status), but also a dedicated fan account chronicling the activities of the travelling set.
With the exception of Paloma Elsesser's industry lauded i-D cover and Dazed Korea's gender norm-defying editorial feature, the skirt has sparked conversations around fashion, beauty standards, and whether we're returning to the dark times before body positivity.
The domination of the low rise mini skirt in the 2000s (which came off the back of the unfortunately named 'heroin chic' style in the 1990s) coincided with beauty standards upholding one body type as the golden standard: thin.
Long before we had body positivity, we had Kate Moss controversially saying that "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels".
"Growing up then I think most over a sample size felt excluded from all of fashion," Jessica Vander Leahy, the Australian model and author of Loved People Love People told ELLE Australia.
"But nowadays, I think there's enough diversity out there to encourage people to be bolder and just wear what they want confidently."
She said that while most of the images she saw on the Miu Miu runway were "ultra thin models", she also praised Paloma Elsesser rocking it on the cover of i-D.
"Trends are there but style means knowing you have your own identity and YOU decide what trends you want to participate in. If you feel bold and comfortable to rock a look, go for it. Honestly, if people don't like what you're wearing, they want conformity and that's boring as hell."
For Nawal Sari, a fashion influencer and Muslim woman based in Sydney the Miu Miu skirt on its own is far too immodest for her to wear—but that doesn't mean it's not for her.
"Growing up, I always felt excluded due to the look of the models in-store or the lack of modest options to shop from," she told ELLE Australia.
"I learnt to see trends that initially excluded people who look like me. In the early 2000s, it was mini skirts, but overall anything not maxi or long sleeved I thought was out of reach for me."
However, she learnt to layer clothing in a way that allows her to participate in trends like the Miu Miu skirt and still be authentic to herself. It's now her mission to redefine what modest fashion looks like.
"I love trends when I see everyone involved", she explained.
"At first, we only saw the micro skirts on modelesque bodies, but I remember seeing the look on the runway and definitely thought it was cute," she said.
"I haven't seen anyone wear it with a modest twist, which would look so cool and actually appeal to a large number of women around the world who partake in the modest fashion industry. I wouldn't rock a mini or micro skirt alone due to wearing the hijab, although I would 100% layer the skirt on top of pants."
"Unless it's totally not possible to style, which is rare, I don't think anything is not for anyone anymore".
The Miu Miu skirt has taken over. How we wear it is up to us.