The Mini Skirt: How it Stirred up the '60s - Cool History Facts

The Mini Skirt: How it Stirred up the ’60s

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The right to wear a miniskirt is easily one of the most controversial statements a woman could have made during the 1960s.

During those days fashion was never really a choice for women, especially teens as opposed to now where a woman regardless of being a misses, petite, plus or junior is allowed to freely shop in a variety of departments. This is a luxury women of all ages did not have during the 60s. Teenage girls suffered the most when it came to fashion as they were forced to wear clothes that were not of their choice like small girls having to wear the same clothes worn by grandmothers.

The notion of a piece of clothing having such a big impact on youth culture and society in general is definitely hard to conceive. More than just being a skirt that laid a few inches above the knee, the miniskirt was a symbol of youth, sexuality, and power especially during a time where the voices of young people were suppressed and they were forced to being fit into a certain category.

During the ’60s, young women found fashion to be boring as they were made feel like an old lady instead of like a fox. The miniskirt boldly defied conventional belief system according to which women had to be under the control of men without any power to express themselves. Other than that it allowed women to embrace their sexuality as they got to show a little more skin and without facing any cultural opposition.

We should certainly be grateful towards fashion designer Mary Quant for designing a miniskirt that marks the beginning of a modern era in fashion. Although this might sound like hype, miniskirt actually got its name from Mary’s favorite car, the Mini Cooper. The shortened hemline made the girls go crazy for these threads and the guys go crazy for the girls. In the truest sense who could keep their eyes off of some foxes walking down the street showing their legs? Certainly not the hunks in the 60s.

You might be wondering as to how a skirt became a symbol of sexuality? Besides showing more skin than usual the miniskirt came about at a time when the birth control pills were first invented. As being pregnant became less of a problem, the choice of dressing promiscuously became tempting. Keep in mind that putting on a miniskirt does not mean you are making a statement to the world that you can dress the way you want.

What makes fashion beautiful is the fact that it can embody a lot of things. This becomes obvious by the fact that although the miniskirt raised a lot of political concerns, it also took the couture houses by storm. Being something that could be spotted anywhere like a piece of item on display in the trendiest shops and a source of attraction on the biggest runways, the miniskirt left its mark in history and its inception and existence has raised a lot of controversy.

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