The New York Fashion Week showed us that the mini-skirt is back in 2022 and it will stay long. Keep reading this article to know more about this incredible fashion statement.
Throughout fashion history, mini skirt has been that “provocative” piece of clothing, which manages to both excite and offend each time it appears.
The mini skirt was a holdover from the early-to-mid ’00s dating styles worn by all the biggest names of that era: Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan among them.
Mini skirt first gained popularity in the ’60s and ’70s as a playful and even a cultural icon for society. It signified a political youth movement where teens no longer wanted to dress like their parents. It was a rebellious garment, representing the shift in societal dynamics. For instance, Mary Quant was the first woman who pioneered 60’s fashion in London. Super short skirts and dresses became her signature look, helping to popularize the miniskirt globally.
“Mary Quant is often credited as the designer who popularized the miniskirt in the late 60’s to early ‘70s, which is a great example of the 20-30-year trend cycle at play during McBling, and the resurgence we are seeing today,” said Mandy Lee, a trend cycle analyst.
The use of mini-skirts re-emerged and began picking up steam on the runways in 2021, when Miu Miu, Versace, Saint Laurent among others designers showed teeny skirts in embellished jewels and tweeds for fall 2021.
There’s no doubt that the mini skirt & micro skirt is everywhere now, leaping onto the spring 2022 runways at Blumarine and Miu Miu – and all the way down to fashion obsessives on Tik Tok and Instagram. For instance, the Celebrity Chiara Ferragni was quick to adopt the trend this year, posting some images of her wearing a mini-skirt with Y2K staples.
“There’s a combination of generational desire to go back to a time in fashion when it was fun and mindless,” said celebrity stylist and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Zerina Akers of the mini’s comeback.
“It seems like there’s a group of us who are super nostalgic, and then there’s this new younger generation who are exploring and are inspired by these archival images of pop stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera or Beyoncé.” He noted, “Not to mention they make your legs look longer!”.
In 2021, the emergence of the miniskirt and micro-skirt felt like a response to restrictions. It was like going back to the past, to a moment of societal rebellion when people covered their faces, but not their bellies or thighs.
The mini skirt of this moment presents a more structured silhouette. It can be low or high waisted without being afraid of colour.