The College Trend I Have to Break Up With

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You guys, I tried. I tried SO hard. When I saw all those cute little mini skirts on American Eagle’s website I was SO EXCITED because they look exactly like the skirts I used to wear way back in college. I’d wear them with a cute little tank or baby tee, add some heels (Exhibit A), and head out.

I was so happy to see them back in style I couldn’t resist ordering a bunch of them to try. I was going to wear mini skirts with everything: with graphic tees and sneakers, sweaters and strappy sandals, hoodies and Birks…I legit thought they’d become my go-to easy, comfy, substitute-for-shorts option this summer.

Pleated, Tier & Ruffle Mini Skirts: Am I Too Old For This Trend?

But…then I tried them on. I tried mini skirts with all the sneaks and the tees and the sweatshirts and…no matter what combination I wore them with–nothing worked. Something always felt weird and just…off. After trying on way too many combinations to make them work, I turned to my husband, mid-try-on, and said, “I think I’m…too old…for these skirts?”

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | cami | jacket (similar) | sandals

I said it like it was kind of a question. Like maybe there was some other explanation. Because that is something I never thought I’d say–I’ve always vowed never to say I was “too old” for anything. I’ve always prided myself on the belief that anyone can wear anything they want at any age they want to. There are no rules! Wear what you want! Age is just a number! But I’m turning 40 next month and apparently, 40 is the age at which I am officially too old to wear these skirts. Damn.

Tried: American Eagle Floral Tiered Mini Skirt

Outfit 1 | Tiered Mini Skirt + Sneakers & A Beachy Sweater

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | tank | sweater (similar) | sneakers

This wasn’t horrible. But on the spectrum of how I want to feel when I walk out the door, “not horrible” isn’t exactly high up there. I mean this skirt was incredibly comfortable…and it also comes in red. So…there’s that.

Outfit 2 | Tiered Mini Skirt + a Graphic Tee & Converse

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | tee (similar) | jacket | sneakers

This shirt says Haters Gonna Hate…kind of like how I hate this outfit.


Tried: American Eagle White Eyelet Mini Skirt

Outfit 1 | White Eyelet Mini Skirt + a Knotted Tee & Cropped Denim Jacket

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | tank (similar) | jacket (similar) | sneakers

An easy white eyelet skirt? Perfect for summer, right? But…again, something just felt weird. Unless maybe I was going to play tennis? But I don’t, so…🤷🏼‍♀️

Outfit 2 | White Eyelet Mini Skirt + a Sweatshirt & Sneakers

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | sweatshirt | sneakers

Just no. Love this sweatshirt, but not so much with the skirt. Swap skirt for denim shorts, yes.


Tried: American Eagle Skirt Rock ‘n’ Ruffle Mini Skirt

Outfit 1 | Rock ‘n’ Ruffle Mini Skirt + A Cami & Heels (aka the Original College Look)

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | cami | jacket (similar) | sandals

I mean, I love everything about this skirt…just not on me. My mom was over when I was trying this outfit on and she said “There’s nothing I like about this.” 😂

Outfit 2 | Rock ‘n’ Ruffle Mini Skirt + a Turtleneck, Leather Jacket & Boots

I turned to my husband, mid-try-on & said, "I think I'm...too old...for these skirts?" Pleated, tier & ruffle, I'd ordered & tried them all. Nope.

skirt | turtleneck | leather jacket (similar) | boots

I thought maybe if I mixed it all up and added tougher details like a leather moto and sock boots I might be able to save it…but nope. All the skirts are going back.

Shop Pleated, Tier & Ruffle Mini Skirts (I’m Too Old to Wear)

If you’re braver than I am, younger than I am, or shopping for your daughter…here you go. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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XOXO,

Scotti