Monday, July 16, 2012

Magazine Monday-Harper's Bazaar "The Mini Turns 50"

In her article about the history of the mini skirt written for Harper's Bazaar online, Katie Pieri says "Fifty years after a small London designer, Mary Quant, debuted her head-turning, boundary-crossing, fashion-changing, societal barometer known as the mini skirt, it's still a hot commodity."  

Isn't that the truth! Since it's debut, the mini-skirt has exhibited unwavering popularity. It's shape has changed, as have it's colors, patterns, and overall aesthetic-but it's popularity has never changed. Women continue to want to show the world some leg, and I don't blame them. Most women feel better about their legs than they do about their tummies or their bums, which is why we see more women wearing mini-skirts than short-shorts and crop-tops. 

So, taking my inspiration from Pieri's article, I've compiled my favorite mini-skirt moments from her article and from other places. Then, I've found some great vintage skirts from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in Etsy shops in case you love the look of a decade so much that you want to buy it!

Lets see those gams!

The 1960s:
Jean Shrimpton- October 30, 1965

Twiggy- August 21, 1967

1960s minis

Fanciness Etsy Shop-Vintage 1960s Minidress

The 1970s:
1970s Minis

Bianca Jagger, 1974

BottegaVintage Etsy Shop- Vintage 1970s Skirt

The 1980s:
Madonna- May 18th, 1985

SemipreciousGarnetts Etsy Shop- Vintage 1980s Skirt 

The 1990s:
Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless, 1995

Decades Etsy Shop-Vintage 1990s Skirt

The Present:
Blake Lively-May 9th 2011

Diane Kruger- May 17th, 2012

I love the 1960s mini. Twiggy is the queen of the 1960's mini and it's super-short, young-and-fresh aesthetic;and I love looking at her pictures from that era.  I love little jumpers with a psychedelic print. 

However, the mini skirt in any era gives the woman wearing it an instant air of confidence that everyone can see.  Which mini skirt moment is your favorite? Or, maybe you have one of your own?

Elle Michele
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  1. This mini skirt history is so inspiring! Love your chosen photos/items. Feel so proud to be featured among such cute items! <3

    1. Thank you so much! I LOVE your skirt. I'll be shopping your store asap. :)

    2. ...a 70s mini skirt, I bet ;-)
      I'd be honored to have such a tasty customer!

    3. You're probably correct. haha ;)

  2. Love this post! Now we're investigative journalists? Nice!! Love the Etsy skirts too! Nice touch!

    1. I did write for the Collegian after all. ;)

  3. twiggy is genius <3
    honey, would you like to follow me back? I really care of your opinion.

    1. Isn't she? She's amazing. I will definitely follow you back :).

  4. thank you so much for featuring my leopard print skirt! it goes to show that the 80's weren't all that bad, there was some pretty hot stuff! lol

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for reading the post! The 80's definitely had some hot stuff! I'm all about mixing in some bright colors and animal print ;).