How The Invention Of The Mini Skirt Shook Up The 1960s

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The miniskirt is easily one of the most controversial statements a woman could make in the 1960s. Here’s why!

For many women, especially teens, fashion was never really a choice. In this day in age a woman can easily shop in a variety of departments such as misses, petite, plus, and juniors. This is a luxury women of all ages did not have in the 60s. It’s safe to say teens suffered the most when it came to fashion. It’s bad enough that you are forced to wear clothing that you don’t want to wear when you’re a kid but having to wear threads like your mom when you're old enough to have voice completely sucks! 

Introducing the miniskirt. It’s kind of hard to believe that a piece of clothing could have such a big impact on youth culture and society in general. The miniskirt was more than just a skirt  that laid a few inches above the knee, it was symbol of youth, sexuality, and power. At the time young people were sick of not having their voices heard and having to fit into a certain mold. 

For young women fashion was boring and made you feel like an old lady instead of like a fox. The miniskirt was a statement to society and "the man" that they could no longer be in a sense controlled giving women the power to express themselves. The miniskirt also allowed women to embrace their sexuality. For once women got to show a little more skin and was embraced by their culture for it! 

We have fashion designer Mary Quant to thank for for bringing us the the Mod era and more importantly the miniskirt. As made up as this may sound the miniskirt was actually named after 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, I mean who could keep their eyes off of some foxes walking down the street showing leg? Certainly not the hunks in the 60s.

Now you may be thinking, how did a skirt become a symbol of sexuality? Well besides showing more skin than usual the miniskirt came about at a time when the birth control pill was first invented. The hanky panky was less problematic so why not dress a little more promiscuous you had protection. Not to say that wearing a miniskirt made you promiscuous (because yes it was also a fashion statement) but it sure didn’t mean you were a saint. Let’s not forget putting on a miniskirt meant you were making a statement to the world that you can dress however you want, and show as much skin as you want all because you were young and legitimately could do whatever the heck you want.

The beauty of fashion is that it can embody so many things. While the miniskirt was very “political” it also took the couture houses by storm. The trendiest shops and the biggest runways were home of the miniskirt. This piece of clothing could be spotted on the streets and on the runways leaving its mark on history for stirring up some real...

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Brianna Quezada

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Historically Brianna has had a passion for all things social media and pop culture, no matter the decade. In the summer she can be found at the beach and in the winter, the happiest place on earth. The combination of these two places reflect her mellow-jubilant spirit. Can you dig it?