Mini Skirt Monday #77: Minis of '71

The year was 1971, and miniskirts were omnipresent in the U.S.  The Swingin' London era of the mini had been going on for years prior, but it took a few years for the States to latch on to the trend.  You started seeing them in colleges and in trendy metro areas in 1968; but, by '71 they were in full swing everywhere you looked - from the boob tube to the high schools. Even bridal dresses were often super short.  Those were the days.

Let's take a look at the year that was one big leg show - 1971. Enjoy.

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  1. I LOVE Mini Skirt Mondays :)
    1971 mini skirt... Man I wish I lived this year!

  2. Don't lose hope my friend. Those days may return in our lifetime. Keep the flame burnin'.

  3. AnonymousJune 20, 2011

    Great nostalgic post! I love the girl in green standing in front of the "Governmental" steps and columns. I wonder what she looks like today?

  4. It's so funny the different standards for men and women. I changed into shorts at my Insurance company last Friday before I left and I felt naked walking to my desk and then out the door. Yet woman walk around like that every day. My female coworkers whistled at me and said I was sexy. It was creepy.

    I guess it's hair. Men have hairy legs, can't really show them. Men have hairy chests, so we have to wear ties to make sure we are buttoned up right to the neck. Our arms are hairier, so we wear long sleeves for formal wear. So funny.

  5. AnonymousJune 26, 2011

    It seemed in '71, my first year of high school, that nearly all the female teachers there wore miniskirts or mini dresses. It was a wonder that I got through freshman English, since I spent more time ogling my teacher's legs than learning about grammar, lol.

  6. AnonymousJuly 28, 2011

    I love that one picture with the gorgeous blonde in purple and the one guy with sitting across from her, with that look on his face: "Must...focus...on...ball...of...yarn..." lol

  7. In the first pic, the third girl from the right looks to be wearing hot pants, which would be kind of advanced for 1971. Hot pants would be a worthy photo-essay on their own. They had such a brief vogue. I'm lucky to have been 16 when they were popular.:)

  8. The first photo looks like it could have been of me and my high school classmates as late as 1974. I came googling for photos because, when I posted a photo of myself in a dress like that, my current friends seemed to think that I was unusually risque. Nope; all the gals dressed like that! Thanks for posting.