I know all the magazines are telling us to wear longer skirts, but I'm quite taken with the idea of 1960s-style minis - the ones that don't have frills or flares and just come in an A line. Know what I mean?

Short Notice, Jardine's Lookout

The Dictator rules: Oh, I know. You, apparently, know very little. Admittedly, the autumn-winter 2016 runways pushed the hard-to-wear midi skirt, but real women in fashion are loving A-line miniskirts. You don't even have to go totally retro to get the look. In fact, you shouldn't. Let Carven's online lookbook guide you to how miniskirts are worn in 2016. Its Hong Kong boutique is overflowing with them in various colours and forms, including classic crepe, tweed and eyelet lace, and with laser-cut hem details (HK$2,850 to HK$3,990). Or follow the inimitable style of Marni, where the versatile, textured black or red minis offer countless potential combinations (HK$6,300). Trust Dolce & Gabbana to bring some decorative glamour to the look with everything from bold yellow and white stripes to daisy motif lace to multicoloured tweed (HK$7,500 to HK$12,900). Gucci, too, plays with the silhouette, going from a subdued black tweed to its recognisable metallic bee jacquard from the current collection (HK$7,500 to HK$10,500). Budgeters and cheapskates will be pleased to learn they can mix affordable versions with designer pieces they already own. H&M has a front-buttoned denim skirt in light or medium indigo (HK$199). Gogo boots are not acceptable.

I never got into those lace-up ballerinas that were big last year. I'm more of a high-heel girl. I'm looking for heels that have those string or ribbon ties around the ankles. Does such a thing exist?

High Maintenance, Kennedy Town

The Dictator: Hello, haven't you heard? It's all about the ankle for autumn-winter 2016! I'm joking. Well, sort of. The ballet-inspired ankle tie continues to be a favoured style and it has gone to new heights for both spring-summer and autumn-winter 2016. The current selection at Gianvito Rossi includes the suede Femi pump with thin suede laces criss-crossing up the top of the foot and tied around the ankle (HK$6,600). Visit the store for more balletic designs, from sandals with low block heels to sky-high stilettos (HK$5,900 to HK$7,100). Aquazzura has created a whole series of whimsical, high-heeled sandals that tie around the ankle, including the Pom Pom in white leather adorned with colourful raffia poufs (HK$6,200; Lane Crawford) and the Midnight in mirrored gold leather with a moon and star motif (HK$7,300). Like the pom-poms but not the price? Sam Edelman's silver Azela sandals have laces running up the front that end in pink and orange knotted balls with blue tassels for only HK$1,300 (Lab Concept, Queensway Plaza, Admiralty, tel: 2118 6169). Or splurge on Rene Caovilla's crystal butterfly swirl high-heel sandals (HK$9,900; On Pedder, 16 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2118 3489). Try before you buy. It's not just about cankles; they don't look right on skinny minnies, either.

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