South Korean fashion mavens said miniskirts in the country are likely to shrink to no longer than 9.8 inches long during the coming summer season.
Chung Il-chae, chief merchandiser for Shinsegae Department Store, said skirt length is tied to the state of the global economy, The Korea Times reported.
"Women's skirts are going to get shorter as the economy continues its downswing cycle," Chung said.
He said the trend in women's fashion will likely not stop with miniskirts.
"Everything is going to shrink," he said.
Kim Sun-ae, a shop manager at Lotte Department Store, said the coming of shorter skirts is likely to increase the sales of shoes with heels more than 4 inches high.
"Don't think about lowering those heels," Kim said. "There's nothing that complements a miniskirt better than a pair of power heels."