Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mini Skirts - 1972

At first glance, you may think these dresses from 1972 were shortened just to make an impact in the photographs. You may think that we didn't wear our mini skirts that short. You'd be wrong. Yes, Virginia, we did wear our skirts this short. And yes, we had to learn to move so as not to show more than we wanted. No bending from the waist, always from the knees. No crossing of the legs without first tugging at the hem of your skirt. In fact, we were always tugging at the hem of our skirts to keep our ba-donka-donks covered. And, yes, we froze in cold weather. We were slaves to fashion.

Teal green jersey mini dress with side buttons by Daniel Hechter is worn with a white rib knit turtleneck jersey and green rib knit tights. White boots by Jean Barthet.
On the right, orange and yellow striped dress by Daniel Hechter worn with orange opaque tights and platform shoes.

A printed jersey jumper with buttons at the shoulder straps by Get Gaston Jaunet is worn over a black rib knit turtleneck top and black rib knit tights.

Heavy blue wool tunic and mini skirt by Madd worn with a red knit turtleneck sweater and nude pantyhose.

7 comments:

Sal said...

Yow! Those are some scandalous hemlines. At least the models are wearing tights ...

Amanda #1 said...

When going through my grandma's old pictures, I stumbled across a picture of my mom, circa 1972, in a dress that short. I nearly had a heart attack--she would have never let me out of the house in a skirt that short. Her argument? "That was the style back then."

Coşkun Hürsel said...

Freezing in the cold is one thing I would NEVER do, even in the name of fashion! Today, Russian women love wearing miniskirts in winter, but then, they remember to put on a full length fur coat to keep them warm!

Gladys said...

I'm with Coskun that is why I had a maxi coat. ;)

Vix said...

Great pics but even better writing, ha ha ha!

laurakitty said...

These are the cutest dresses ever! I used to work for a designer who specialized in making the shortest possible dresses and I had to wear them for work, and after a year and a half of doing all kinds of tasks (and manual labor) in them I can honestly say that I feel much more comfortable in a scandalous mini than in anything else.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I had a maxi coat too, but those Boston winter winds would still whip through the long slit below the buttons in the front. In 1973, there was a short-lived trend to wear matching bloomers under your dress. Yeah, I'm sure we all looked really great in those. And, yes, I wore those too. (Insert rolling eyes smiley face here).

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