Mini Skirt Monday #159: The Mini Stands Out

To say the miniskirt stands out in a crowd would be stating the obvious.  In a room full of people, the male eyeball is instinctively going to hone in on the miniskirt - this isn't subjective, this is biology. It's almost as if the color and vibrancy of the rest of the room is dulled, while the mini stands alone in full splendor.

To play on this concept, I found some old B&W photographs and colorized the gals in minis   This is how the world looks in the presence of the mighty mini.  Enjoy.

Please excuse my poor colorization skills.  I know it's an art form to the process, and I've new at this.  Some are certainly better than others - I got better as I went along (and these pictures are not in the order they were created)..

Still, no matter how amateur the coloring; the point is made.  The mini stands alone.

Okay, sometimes there's multiple minis within your field of vision.  In this scenario, the highest hemline generally gets the attention.

But it's much more complicated than just skirt length.  This is the human brain we're talking about - what makes your neurons fire for one skit versus being dormant for another? The answer isn't so easy to explain.  Why does the Mona Lisa resonate where similar portraits seem dull?  It's an intrinsic beauty that's at work here.

I'm quite sure my colorations are a lot more colorful than reality; but if you're going to colorize - make it colorful.

I've discovered that colorizing can be a bitch when doing skin tones.  It's not as simple as you'd think.  Plus, these gals all wore hose back then, so the tone has to be slightly different.

Yes, I know.  I have too much time on my hands.  Retrospace is a hobby, and Photoshop fun is part of the joy.  It's my creative outlet (where my day job has none).

You didn't have to be a supermodel to make the miniskirt look good.  Back then, the ladies wore hosiery - so that helped.  Plus, there wasn't an emaciated, jagged, pre-pubescent ideal to contend with.


  1. Thank you for sharing your new found skill. You did a fantastic job. This encourages me to look into what it would take to do similiar photoshopping. Also the pictures were the usual charming blast from the past.

  2. AnonymousJuly 01, 2013

    I think you did a fine job. And I love the Mary Jane/Baby Doll shoes the girls wore back then. Keep up the fine work, my friend

  3. The colouring is just right, just the right type of colours. I'm sure they are close to reality.

  4. AnonymousJuly 01, 2013

    Hey man, this is exactly how I saw things back in high school 1971- 1975, which was three fourths of the classic mini-skirt era. Thanks for this and for ALL of the GREAT postings in your Mini Skirt Monday files!
    RH, NJ

  5. Great stuff. Too bad you can't Photoshop-in the sound of the singing angels that always seemed to happen in my head, as well.

  6. AnonymousJuly 04, 2013

    Your Photoshop skills are awesome - mastery of layers, the alpha channel and the magic eraser! Well done!

  7. I agree with you that the colors are probably too bright; my memories of 71-74 are mostly of subdued earth tones and darker saturations. (For clothes, anyway.:)) But your technical mastery of the medium is amazing, especially as you've just started.