Mini Skirts: How Short Would You Go?

12/13/2006 at 01:00 PM ET

We’ve seen some alarmingly short skirts lately — skirts so short that they make raising your hands above your head a big no-no! But some people, like Katharine McPhee at the Billboard music awards, seem to pull it off without worry. Nicky Hilton opts for a safer, mid-thigh length in Miami, while Jessica Biel cuts it off just above her knee in this one-shouldered number. Now it’s your turn. Tell us: How short should mini-skirts go?

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Schotts on

Katharine is such a star. She looks the best of the three.

O'Wryly on

Why is it that most women that wear minis have thighs the size of giant sequoias?! The look only works well if you’re young, thin, and leggy. Otherwise, have a wee bit of class/style and keep it just above the knee. This way the general population won’t be subjected to your personal preference in undergarments or lack thereof.

Traci on

If I had legs like that I’d go the Katharine McPhee route!

Nicky on

It depends on the occasion how short your skirt should go.

but there are definite limits
when you bend over, or sit down, or lean over, your skirt shouldn’t show your business.

When standing your skirt shouldnt be higher than your BUTT!

What Miss McPhee is wearing is appropriate for an event like Billboard Music Awards. skirts should be FUN and Sexy
and NEVER Trashy! Katharine McPhee pulls it Off just Fine!
she looks Hip, Trendy and Fresh!

She sort of reminds me of a Young Catherine Zeta Jones!

I don’t really like what Nicky Hilton or Jessica Biel is wearing because it’s not very flattering to their figure.
It does Nothing for them.

Nicky Hilton’s outfit looks too baggy and she looks like she’s wearing something that you wear when you go to sleep.

and the Draping of Jessica Biel’s dress is awful!
She has a Banging BODY! but she ends up looking Lumpy and Frumpy in it!
Tsk! they should take style cues from te Youn Un’ Miss McPhee!

Queena on

I actually think that it’s a nice change to be able to pull off a miniskirt in a classy manner. Jessica Biel’s length is also good, but hers and Nicky Hilton’s dress look nowhere near as attractive compared to Katharine McPhee’s. I’d personally be more concerned about the overall design and style than worry about the length.

BR on

why do we have to come so close to seeing their cootchies?
In hollywood they either have no clothes on at all or they dress like they are homeless and have to wear all their clothes at the same time.
Mid thigh is ok anything higher than that is offensive. no matter what you look like.
People talk about girls wanting to starve themselves and be thin at all costs and the people that make comments on here are outraged, why can’t they just be happy.
the 3 women pictured above I am sure are very thin in person, thinner than the average person and someone commented their thighs are as big as sequoias, hmmmmmm maybe that is one reason girls are getting sick.

Heather on

Actually, if you look at the pic of Jessica’s dress in the little black dress section, it’s the same one and she looks stunning. But I agree, this photo is not the best! Good to know even beautiful women can take bad photos!!

Floret on

I’d totally go with Katherine’s!! that girl is beautiful.. she can wear anything she wants!

Charles on

As a middle-aged man I personally never go above mid-thigh with my skirts.

McPhee looks great, as usual, and the other two are in serious need a fashion intervention!

The one in the middle looks like a black hospital gown with football laces up the front.

And the one on the right would look great as a strapless but that sash across the shoulder simply does not work…Ms Biel is beautiful.

Jessy on

Nicky’s looks like a maternity dress, and Jessica’s just looks strange.

Katharine could wear a grocery bag and look good.

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