So, I came across this article in a 1968 issue of Movie Life magazine where they describe the miniskirt's new threat: the dreaded midi. (I've reprinted this article below.) It even asks the readers to vote! I know how Miniskirt Monday readers would vote, but I wonder what the results were of this poll.
Anyway, it got me to thinking about how the miniskirt weathered threats from moral objectors and evil fashionistas who tried to sabotage the high hemline.... until it finally folded-up and died before the decade of the 70s was even halfway through.
So, I thought it'd be nice to highlight images of yore where one or two gals hang tight in a mini, meanwhile the other ladies opt for midis, maxis, and (gulp) slacks. Let the contest begin...
The Movie Life Article:
The latest fashion threat to all the women who've finally resigned themselves to the mini, or who have learned to love it, is the midi. The midi, which ideally should hit right between the ankle and the knee, has made many girls burst into tears at the thought of all the labor wasted in their furious race to raise their hems each year, and, also, the money their brand new midi wardrobe is going to cost. But maybe they'll decide the heck with it, and keep their minis after all. Will the midi catch on? Who knows? It does have some advantages over the mini. For instance, you can sit down in it without demurely covering yourself with a pocketbook or letting your coat drape all over your knees. But then there's no need to ask whether a man would prefer to see shapely legs or not. We'd like to hear your views (and we've provided a coupon for your convenience) on whether the midi is going to win the battle with the mini. After all, it's you, not the fashion designers, who have the final say on what women are really going to wear next year. We'll tally your opinions in the next issue of Movie Life Yearbook.
Knee-length, pants, pants, pants, pants, and, finally, mini. Bless you.
Every woman's fashion decision... Ladies, I think you know what's right.
This from a yearbook - illustrating the clear and present danger of pants. It would only be a matter of time.
I'm not saying minis are appropriate for every occasion. A cap-and-gown mini would be a problem....
Then again, no. A mini cap-and-gown would be freaking awesome.
The magazine caption:
"Maxi contrasted with mini when Joy Phillips, in an Edwardian inspired dress of lime and black striped silk met Pam Noon, in a calf length gown of black velvet trimmed with swandsown at the Wool Fashion Awards."
It's as if the girl on the left is saying, "Look at all this extra fabric. Who needs it!"
All three girls are pitching their ideas. Whose idea is the dude going to choose?
If you guessed that he'll make his decision based strictly on hemline length, you'd be entirely correct.
Exhibit A: The miniskirt is just intrinsically superior to slacks on a woman. There are few objective truths in the world, but this is one of them.
The girl near the top in the miniskirt deserves a special commendation. Not only is she the only chick not wearing pants, but she's doing it on a ladder!
This is from an article about a shocking development: two girls have joined the college of engineering. Which one do you think got the most attention? The one with the long, dowdy dress or the girl in the micro-mini with go-go boots?
Drink up, miniskirt wearer. You've earned it.
I'm sure she's cold. But I'm also sure there's no coincidence that the lone guy decided to sit by her.
|Eaton's Christmas catalog 1973|
Certain body types should honorably exclude themselves from the miniskirt game. Perhaps that's one of the reasons the mini fell out of favor - females started gaining weight. (Just a theory)
This from 1988 - and the battle wages on. Thanks to the girl on the left for still keeping the torch alive.
And for more lone gals in minis standing strong, see Miniskirt Monday #179.
The mini - front row and center. As it should be.
Despite the massive strawberries, I still prefer the mini over the others.
Okay, now here's a valid experiment: Same girl (Sue Lloyd) in a knee-length dress and a miniskirt. Which looks better? (Note: This is a rhetorical question.)
Another objective study, lined up for your selection: Girl A, B, C, or D.
Okay, what's it going to be? The floor length dress, the polyester slacks, or the miniskirts?