Skirts: how short is too short?


Putting aside for the moment the fact that Danielle Lloyd here (she’s a British glamour model, for those of you unfamiliar with her boobs, sorry, we mean face…) is ruthlessly flouting the "short skirt OR completely see-through top" rule of fashion in this photo, we want to ask you about her skirt. In fact, we want to ask you about skirts in general.

How short is "too short", do you think? Is there such a thing, or does it all very much depend on the age/shape/attitude of the wearer, or on what they happen to be wearing the short skirt with at the time? Do you draw the line at a particular length, or are you happy to go as short as Danielle here, for as long as you can get away with it?

So many questions, but do tell us your thoughts – it’ll help us police the fashion world that little bit more effectively!


  • November 18, 2008


    Too short: your skivvies show when you walk upstairs.

  • November 18, 2008


    Personally, I think there’s a “too short” mark, and I do not think a skirt this short would be appropriate at 12, 16, 20, 30 – any age. If you cannot lean forward or sit down without exposing what’s under the skirt, then it’s too short.

  • November 18, 2008


    Evelyn has an excellent point about stairs, too!

  • November 18, 2008


    Well, short doesn’t really BOTHER me…I don’t care for it, but it doesn’t make me mad or anything. I just think it’s getting stale again and we need to see more midlength skirts now. Dita Von Teese wouldn’t generally wear mini and she’s still sexy as hell. Sometimes it’s all about what you’re NOT showing.

  • November 18, 2008


    For me, too short is anything above my knee. For everyone else, too short is I can see things I’d rather not.
    This? Wouldn’t be leaving the house in it if my father had anything to say about it!

  • November 18, 2008


    I don’t think there’s such a thing as too short. As long as you have the body for it, of course.

  • November 18, 2008


    I can’t possibly complain about that skirt – I wear obscenely short ones myself. 😛 I’m truly dreadful, honestly, but I like my short skirts too much to give them up. I love short shorts, too, and was wearing a pair in town yesterday – yes! Short shorts, in freezing November! – but in my defence, I was also wearing a pair of tights under them.

  • November 18, 2008


    My way of buying dresses/skirts is to try it on and bend over. If I can see my knickers, then its too short. I prefer a couple of inches above the knees because I’m quite tall and a short short skirt makes me look a bit out of proportion.

  • November 18, 2008

    Agent Elle

    Personally? I think it all depends on the outfit. Showing too much can just look tacky, but short skirts can also look really nice. It all depends on how you can carry it off.

  • November 18, 2008


    the girl in front of me on the escalators at Chancery Lane Tube station this morning was wearing pretty much a long fitted t-shirt. She looked about 19, which is the only age you can really get away with that, and was wearing about a 40 denier tight underneath, but it still was just too short- it was just skimming her knickers, for goodness sake! At half eight in the morning!

  • November 19, 2008


    It really does depend on the age. (At sixteen, I can wear short-ish skirts whenever I want and not get funny looks. In 20 or maybe 10 years, I probably won’t be able to get away with it.)
    Also, you have to have semi-decent legs.
    There’s still such a thing as too short though, no matter your age/build.
    Danielle Lloyd, being a model, is obviously young, gorgeous and has great legs, but her skirt is waayyy too short.

  • November 19, 2008


    I have a very specific too-short rule. There’s that point where your thighs touch, and skirts should cover that. It will vary from person to person, but that seems to work well. I usually wear knee-length because I’m so tall that short skirts are a whole lot of leg.

  • November 21, 2008

    Amanda Nicole

    I’m a bit more liberal when it comes to the short skirt, and it’s solely because I’m proud of my legs. I said it. But when I do wear a short skirt, I wear a loose and all-covering top. Too short, for me, is when you sit down and your bare ass is on the chair, which I’d consider unhygienic.

  • November 22, 2008


    I think there are two important factors to consider: tights and the quality of the legs being showcased, lol. If you have fantastic legs, I think the bending-over-and-not-seeing-underwear rule is enough. But if you don’t have the greatest legs, then a super-short skirt just isn’t flattering and a knee-length would be sexier.

  • July 27, 2009


    There’s one important thing to consider here. People are free to wear what they want. Because people are different and the world is free. Or at least it should be.

    • July 7, 2010


      That’s right, men are free to wear speedos so tight we can tell what religion they are, and women are free to wear skirts so short we can tell whether they saved a few dollars buying WalMart underwear. And the rest of us are free to point out the tacky, absurd, oh-no-not-that-again-you-aren’t-sexy-or-shocking-anyone-by-showing-off-your-cooch-BRITNEY (Shirley MacLaine did it first!) dresses that are TOO SHORT to even attempt bending over a hint to open a car door. Oh, and the purse is icky too. Way too casual to go with that outfit, and way too big.

  • July 28, 2009


    I don’t think it is too bad, but if you can see her knickers when she sits it is too short. My rule is you need to be able to walk up stairs, sit, and cross your legs without worry. Generally 3-4 inches above the knee, but this is only if it is a fitted skirt, a longer skirt should be 1-3 inches above the knee… they flare.

  • February 8, 2010


    For a skirt with no underskirt/slip or petticoat:
    Don the skirt or dress. Sit in a chair. Spread your knees as wide as the skirt will allow, or does not feel uncomfortable. Have a friend get down with eyes on the level of your knees and look toward your crotch. If the friend can see between your thighs, the skirt is too short.
    If an underskirt/slip is to be worn:
    Don the slip and the skirt or dress. Stand up. Raise your arms and bend over as far as you can. For a waist-supported skirt, the arms do not need to be raised. Just bend over as far as you can. If a friend, eyes on a level with your butt, can see your butt-creases, the dress or skirt is too short.
    A slip/underskirt should be a little fuller around the bottom hem than the skirt. This provides cloth to hang down between your thighs to prevent peeks if the skirt does not hang over your knees.
    Just imagine going without any drawers (panties, knickers, undershorts), full-commando, just like all women did until a hundred or two years ago. How long would you insist your skirts to be?

  • March 12, 2010


    what about with leggings? Provided they are not seethrough at all, and the skirt covers at least that area where the thighs touch?

  • April 21, 2010


    It depends, on where you would wear it. For work in an office I would say no, but if you are going out to a club why not.

  • April 25, 2010

    Tze Tze

    As long as my panties is not exposed…..i am ok with the length of the mini skirts.

  • May 8, 2010

    Sarah Anne

    Hmmm… I don’t think this skirt is too short. Short yes. Too short no. Shes a model. She gets away with it. But at the same time this is a picture. Maybe if I was standing behind her when she bends down to pick up something I’d have a different view.

    I wear short skirts. I have good legs. With tights or a bit of tan skirts are lovely. But if you can see my underwear then it’s a no-no. I’m tall with long legs. I hate when skirts are knee length or below the knee. I look like my Grandmother ( no offence to granny!) But at the same time I regard myself as a lady and don’t want to look “cheap”.

    You have to have a nice figure naturally enough. But no matter whether your a model or Mary Jane next door. You have to think ” I’m going here. People are going to see me. I want to be respected, therefore I should look respectable.”

    It also depends on where your going. Something that hot to trot on a Saturday night mightn’t be as suitable in Church or at the office…

  • May 15, 2010


    It depends, because super tall chicks and petite misses are going to have different builds and different legs.

    I’ve seen sixth graders wear shorts so short the insides of the pockets are longer, and are visible below the shorts. That’s both inappropriate and tacky at any age.

    A spaghetti strap top, super short clothing, tons of makeup, and a suggestive, flirty attitude makes for an inappropriate combination.

    However, tone down the attitude, put somethin’ over the spaghetti straps and take off a bit of makeup and you’ve got a flirty, fun outfit for any girl in middle school, high school, or a college-aged gal.

  • August 11, 2010

    cedrick mitchel

    i think that a skirt can be as short as you want

  • September 4, 2011


    Ankles lenght.