7/16/12

Mini Skirt Monday #120: 1980s Fashion Mags


Without question the high water mark for the miniskirt was the early 1970s in the US, and a bit earlier in Europe and college campuses. However, that's not to say the mini never experienced popularity in the subsequent years. The mid-80s had its fair share of short skirts.

So, while I prefer the 70s mini, here's a bunch of mid-to-late-80s minis. And while I prefer amateur photography, these are all professional photographs from magazines and catalogs. Preferences aside, these are still minis. And "miniskirt" = "good" any way you slice it. Enjoy. 






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18 comments:

  1. The 80s were such a fun time to be a girl. The clothes were flashy and colorful and women took the time to get dressed up just for the everyday. I never went to any of my college classes without a crisp new fashionable outfit (no sweats, no pajama bottoms, no flip flops), my makeup painstakingly applied, my hair done, and my perfume on. My nails and toenails done. Looking good was serious business back then, but at the same time, it was glorious good fun. I liked Laura in the 1980s. My favorite dress that I had was black velvet with multi-colored bows down the back. 1988. I bought it because it reminded me of Jane Wiedlin's dress in her "Rush Hour" video.

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    1. Don't get me started. I've got an entire post coming soon devoted to this entire principle - there is no fashion today. Or you could say a lack of fashion is the fashion today.... more on this soon.

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    2. Yeah - no one takes time for good grooming anymore. And when you do you get belittled for it. Apparently if a woman takes time to dress up she's somehow anti-feminist.

      Heck, I one got taken to task by a fellow Barry Manilow fan because I stated I always dress up for the concerts. They went on and on about how they'd never wear heels to a show because they wanted to be comfortable and basically asked me how I dared to wear nylons and all this crap. It was really discouraging to be attacked just because I view a concert - any concert - as a special occasion and I want to dress up for them.

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    3. My wife likes her short skirts, but only wears them in safe places (meaning where it doesn't matter a hoot if somebody's offended). When she's tan in the summer, she oils her legs and goes bare. When she's pale in the winter, she wears hose. She's 52, and she doesn't look 25, but she sure looks good in a short skirt. Matrons, and young women who should and could look good (but don't), offer dirty looks and the occasional snarky comment... while they're out with the girls. Hmmm. Older women can look great, too. Legs are the last thing to "go".

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    4. Tallwheel, I agree. I've seen women in their 50s and 60s in short skirts, and from what I've seen, get appreciative looks from men of all ages. You are a fortunate man, to have a wife who knows her legs are good, and enjoys wearing clothes to show them off. I can only hope that my next time at bat, my future wife feels the same.

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  2. Really a slit on a mini skirt. It is not like the mini itself didn't show enough leg?

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    1. Some minis were so tight a girl needed a slit to be able to sit down.

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  3. Brings back memories. I had a few bright colored Esprit miniskirts, and a dress for Christmas that featured a "bubble" skirt--that was a weird trend for sure, along with hideous shoulder pads and those long, boxy blazers.

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  4. Did I ever tell you I fell in love with my wife when I saw her in a denim mini-skirt?

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    1. Yes, and something tells me you aren't the only dude whose been gobsmacked by the thunderous power of the mini.

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    2. Retro HoundJuly 16, 2012

      Yeah, I'm sure I think of it every time you do a post on '80s minis.

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  5. Ouch. My eyes. I'm hoping the '80s won't be visited here again.

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  6. AnonymousJuly 16, 2012

    A GF I had in the 80s would wear miniskirts, hose and heels only for me, and she definitely had the legs for them. God, I miss those days, lol.

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  7. Oh wow! This brings back memories for me! I wore mini's throughout the 80s and I loved them! I must have had them in every color, with shoes and tights to match! When I was in college, I would spend hours just getting ready for school...the hair had to be high, as well as my hemline and and heels.

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  8. The divorce being final in Dec.82 it was nice to see the mini make a come back, just for me. };-) I shouldn't second guess you, but the picture to the left of the Escada add, looks more like 1974 that 1984 to me.

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    1. Minis might not be "in" but vintage clothing is. Go ahead and find some minis in a vintage store and wear them. That way no one can really fault you as you'd be following the vintage fad.

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  9. The old picture of Terry Farrell I have doing a cigarette ad probably would've fit in a post like this.

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  10. that gal in the skin-tight black tights in the German (?) ad looks like the delightful Joan Severance.

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