The shortened garment emerged in the 1960s as a symbol of rebellious youth culture – and endures to this day. Katya Foreman looks back at the style icon.
Guys, you can thank the tumultuous 60’s for the mini skirts girls wear today. It’s a common belief that fashion goes through cycles of popularity – wait long enough and anything will come back in style. But did the bold hemline of the mini skirt ever go out of style? The mini skirt broke out onto the scene at a time when women were gaining recognition in the workforce, challenging institutionalized gender roles, along with the coinciding emergence of the birth control pill. For the rebellious youth of the 1960’s, the iconic mini skirt provided a way for women to express all of these new freedoms and challenge more conservative societal norms.
Mini skirt designer Mary Quant explained “there was this sort of mood; rules were there to be broken”.
The mini skirt remains today as a symbol of youth. I’m sure we’ve all seen a forty-something in a mini skirt with a smidge of second hand embarrassment thinking that she’s ‘too old’ for a mini skirt. Why? It’s a completely arbitrary unwritten rule that has cemented the mini skirt as a rite of passage of being a youth. Before you feel bad for that forty-something remember that she was once an audacious leg baring mini skirt wearing youth pushing the limits just like you. You can’t blame her really – who would want to give up the mini skirt?