Mini Skirt Monday #92: Cheerleaders

It's amazing that we're on Mini Skirt Monday 92 and I'm just not getting to cheerleaders - the embodiment of the miniskirt if there ever was one.  Prior to the latter half of the sixties, cheerleaders wore fairly long dresses - poodle skirt looking things that weren't impressing anybody.

Then, some unknown genius had the idea to put their cheerleaders in minis, and the rest is history.  And what's so amazing is that hemlines have gone up and down over the years, but the good ole cheerleader outfit has not once succumbed to the temptation of dropping the hemline.  Sure, they've opted for short shorts, hotpants if you will; but, they've always been the biggest ally of the mini.

What is going through this teacher's mind at this moment? Somebody get him a cold towel and a shot of Bourbon.
So, here's to you, cheerleaders. Lovers of the mini the world over owe you a debt of gratitude for never going maxi.  Since 1966-67, you've always kept it short with virtually no deviations from sea to shining sea.  Only tennis players come close to matching your admirable allegiance to the mini.  Airlines and the military have long since dropped it as a uniform, but there's not a high school or college in America that would even consider giving it up.  You are the champions of the miniskirt, and I would be remiss to not offer you a shout out.

So, in honor of the cheerleaders of this nation, here's a bunch of vintage cheerleader pics, and I ask all Retrospace readers to raise their Bics aloft as they read this post.


  1. Oh my...could the young lady in the center of the 12th picture row down be any cuter? And saddle shoes as well.

  2. Oh, wait---you said "BIC", right?

    Well, this is just so terribly embarrassing...

  3. What strikes me is how healthy these girls look, as opposed to today's stick insects.

  4. Um, black and white photo, "Coyote" in the background, striped top, barefoot...

    That's gotta be a record for a short mini.

    If fact, if you look closely, you see....

    ::oh nevermind::

  5. It's strange, but my high school's cheerleaders never did it for me. Their advisor, a 20 something PE teacher who would occasionally wear a mini, however, was another story.

  6. May we flick our BICs?

    "today's stick insects"? You mean today's hogs with their muffintops.

  7. 8th one down from the top. That was taken in Pittsburg KS. PHS Circa 1974-5. I know, I was the photographer!

  8. Barefooted cheerleaders:


    These girls were quite a hit with the Madison Sq Garden crowd back in 1971.

    UCLA's cheer girls danced barefooted and wearing short jeans during half time in the early 70s. I don't understand why this isn't done anymore as the crowds always appreciate beauty & pageantry during sports.

  9. AnonymousJuly 29, 2013

    I feel very fortunate. I was in high school in the late '70s and early '80s, AFTER cheerleaders dropped the ugly knee socks and went with shorter anklets, for maximum leg exposure! And this was in the days before political correctness, so they still had to wear their uniforms to school all day on game days! And they had to cheer at the games wearing just those short skirts no matter how cold it was! They didn't start wearing leggings or sweat pants to the cold-weather games until my senior year.