Return of the Mini Skirt
Short Skirts for Women are In Again
The mini skirt is back and fashion designers have shown updates of the mini on the runway. But we know that it's never really left. It might linger in the background during some years but only to come back with a vengeance in times when we really need it, like during a recession. Designers are interpreting mini skirts as short versions of a wrap skirt, a blue jean skirt, and a plus size denim skirt. They are using fur to trim, new materials that are based on plastics for decoration, and a variety of sewing techniques in order to interpret the mini skirt for the 21st century.
These short skirts for women function as a fun distraction. Women like it because they want to be flirty and admired; the reveal of shapely limbs as a way to tease and catch men's attention has never been easier. Why worry about paying for their next bill when they can look cute. Men love it because, well that's fairly obvious.
The Modern Mini
The modern mini started in the Sixties era with Mary Quant and Andre Courreges. Prior to the 1960s, long skirts ruled the day; pencil skirts, circle skirts, A-line skirts -- they were all below the knee. People had started to forget about World War II and were recovering from its devastations. In the United States, the impact of two events set the course for the postwar generation to a sexual revolution.
The first event occurred in 1948, Alfred Kinsey published his report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. It caused an immediate sensation; many found the report to be shocking, titillating, and dangerous. The findings challenged the conventional beliefs about sexuality and other, considered at the time, taboo subjects.
The second event was the FDA approval in June 1960 of the birth control pill, Enovid. For the first time in the modern era, women and men were able to engage in sex without worrying about the consequence of pregnancy.
Young people who had never been touched by the war and grew up in a time of relative stability and prosperity were able to explore their sexuality with fewer societal restrictions. It prompted them to question the way things were done, to examine the roles of women and men in society and how they interact towards each other, to test the rules of conduct, and to question authority. The sexual revolution influenced fashion designers to search for a new look that reflected this awareness and boldness that young people felt.
The first time that designers showed the mini skirt as a fashion revolution to complement this new attitude towards sex, people were shocked because it was too revealing by then current standards. By this time many writers of the "Beat Generation" encouraged sexual exploration and this was echoed in the music of the time. But what made young women wear the short skirts was pantyhose. Pantyhose gave a smooth feel to the leg and didn't have any unsightly stocking tops. Pantyhose made it possible to throw away those cumbersome garter belts. The mini skirt and panythose, worn together made young women feel daring, free, and confident – part of the new sexual revolution.
A Fashion Staple
Nowadays every woman has at least one mini skirt in their closet. And they come in many different styles and many different materials: corduroy, denim, silk. They can be made to look corporate or casual, fun-loving or elegant; the most popular style of mini skirt is a mini denim skirt. They are not a fashion statement of sexual revolution anymore; mini skirts are now more of a fashion staple. They are a popular choice for women when they go out dancing at a nightclub. For men these shorts skirts are still about titillation and the shorter the better. It still comes with a sense of the forbidden, one of the popular types of mini skirts is modeled after the catholic school girl uniform. Placing his hand on a woman's knee and caressing the leg up to her thigh is what every man wants to do when he sits with a beautiful woman wearing a mini skirt.
So the recession is here and we are not very happy about it, but we can forget it about it for awhile when we go out on a date and a pretty girl wears a mini skirt.
Nancy Sinatra's song "These Boots are Made for Walking" is, to me, the perfect song that captures that confidence a woman feels when wearing a mini skirt. And there are a ton of these short skirts here.
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