By Janet Kelly
WE HAD all but dismissed the thought of ever wearing a miniskirt again. But last weekend’s Wall Street Journal story, in which an-over-40 soccer mom gave it a try, rocked our complacency.
At Moda Operandi, minis are selling out at a rate that’s 10% higher than other categories, according to a buyer. Moreover, the online retailer is “increasing miniskirt supply for the rest of the year by about 20%.” Fashion historian and director of NYC’s Museum at F.I.T. Valerie Steele, who notes minis cycle in and out of fashion, refers to them as “a kind of dopamine dressing.”
To see whether or not the mini would work for her, the WSJ writer borrowed a few styles from fashion designers and experimented with ways to wear them. She paired one Max Mara denim mini with a cashmere sweater and low-top sneakers, and another (in a cotton stripe) with knee-high boots. She tried on a Tod’s print with a matching jacket for the look of a suit set. Results were mixed, but overall, minis received her thumbs-up.
Could women in their 60s and 70s, the generation that wore the first miniskirts, wear them again? Must you be as young as your knees, as Mary Quant, the inventor of the miniskirt, attested?
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