Most people, if given the choice of things they love, would choose a maximum amount over a mini amount. Large candy bars over fun sized bars, big gulps over little gulps, three scoops of ice cream over one scoop, one million dollars over one dollar, etc.
Where is this universal concept reversed? With the miniskirt!
Whether you’re one who adores wearing a fashionable miniskirt, or whether you’re a person who loves to see a great pair of female legs walking in a miniskirt, the fabulous miniskirt is a garment where the less material, the better! Yes, longer skirts can be just as beautiful and certainly have their place in fashion, but it is the miniskirt that remains a constant signature fixture of mainstream culture.
A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress. A micro-miniskirt, or microskirt, is a miniskirt where the hemline stops at the upper thigh.
My oh my, your to-die-for skirt is thigh-high! Such a pleasure to the eye!
Miniskirt Fashion Tip: While the miniskirt looks visually appealing with any shoe (even flats or bare feet) the short skirt is such a show stopper that a high heel or high heeled platform shoe adds extra glamour, allure and oomph. A high heeled boot ramps the sexiness of the miniskirt to even higher levels of posh pizzazz.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was linked to a miniskirt.
How to be an unassuming, silent flirt? Strut your darling diva self in a magnificent miniskirt!
Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London-based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian Andre Courreges. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first to offer fashionable miniskirts.
From 1969 and onward, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the ‘midi’ and the ‘maxi.’ A longer skirt hemline coincided with the feminist movement. In the spring of 1982, short skirts began to reemerge. By the mid-1980s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century.
An extremely popular miniskirt is the denim skirt. Denim skirts are always in high demand, whether the skirt is long or short. Denim miniskirts? A diva dream girl’s dazzling desire!
If you tend to dress fancier than denim, and feel denim skirts need some glamming up, add bedazzled jewelry for accessories, perhaps a rhinestone necklace and a pearl belt! Or, better yet, add gems, stones and jewels to the denim skirt to bedazzle that already pretty skirt to over-the-top fashion flair and fun!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K. Bergey, who depicted futuristic women in a “stereotyped combination” of metallic miniskirts, bras and boots. The “sci-fi miniskirt” was seen in genre films and television programs as well as on comic book covers.
Major ‘max’ appeal: the miniskirt!
Miniskirts make for some fun, modern, eye catching garments. Whether you prefer a tight, pencil miniskirt, or a flared, A-line hem, the miniskirt is by far a sensual style gem!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: In 2003, Tom Ford, at that time described as one of the few designers able to effortlessly dictate changes in fashion, stated the micro-skirts would be the height of fashion for the Spring/Summer 2003. At this time, an even briefer version of the micro-miniskirt emerged, creating a garment sometimes described as a ‘belt-skirt’.
Miniskirt Fashion Tip: For summer wear, the miniskirt look great when worn with a bare set of legs. For those more modest, or during cooler weather, miniskirts worn with opaque stockings or leggings look particularly fashionable and avoid revealing too much!
Peek-a-boo! But don’t peek. The miniskirt will tease to please!
Despite the miniskirt’s popularity, the skirt is still seen as controversial by some people. The miniskirt remains subject to bans and regulations, many times in office dress codes and school dress codes.
Not sure what to wear? A miniskirt will do the trick. Always a trendy fashion pick!
“Pardon me, but I believe that you lost a good chunk of your skirt.”
“You’re showing your lack of fashion sense. I’m wearing the fabulous miniskirt.”
“Do you find it difficult to bend or to walk in such a short dress?”
“Golly gee, I really don’t. Let’s put your question to the test.”
“I believe a girl of your radiant class and charm would move with style and grace.”
“You have guessed correctly. I have exquisite panache and glorious fashion taste.”
The miniskirt: A staple of here-to-stay fashion for the entire human race!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846