Skirt hemlines go up and down more often than the elevators in the Empire State Building. One thing is for sure, the miniskirt will always be a popular option for women regardless of the season. No one has championed the miniskirt movement more than Mary Quant; fashion designer and British fashion icon, who in 1964 introduced her own version and named it after her favourite car, the Mini. The style garnered global attention on October 30, 1965, when Jean Shrimpton wore a short white shift dress at Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and caused a sensation in the process. Perhaps no other garment in women’s apparel has revolutionised the fashion scene as much as the miniskirt.
Initially worn in the 60s by the ‘Swinging’ London teens, the aim was to rebel against fashion’s old conservative ways. It wasn’t until 1965 when André Courrèges and Yves Saint Laurent incorporated the mini into their collections, the garment gained some respectability. Today, the miniskirt is embraced by women of all ages.
There’s no doubt a mini worn by a confident woman is bound to attract attention, whether it be flattering or not. Let’s face it, how many bad miniskirt ensembles have you seen on a Saturday night? They don’t leave much to the imagination. The key is not to let it all hang out, so to speak. If you are showing some leg, make sure your upper half is conservative or vice versa. Fashion is about balancing the key elements; shape, colour, texture and form. The subject of today’s post has done this beautifully. I saw her walk along Christopher St in Manhattan’s West Village, strutting her stuff. Her miniskirt is complemented gorgeously by her flutter sleeve blouse, accentuating her killer pins. As the age-old adage goes: “if you’ve got it, flaunt it!”.
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