70s Mini Dresses
Short skirts and dresses began to climb in popularity in the 1960s, when it wasn’t unusual to see everyone from a hippie to a high-fashion model sporting a dress that barely covered her back end.
It is believed that the mini dress first became fashionable on the streets of London, where women wore them to everything from a day at work to a night at an upscale party.
The trend soon made its way to the U.S., thanks to British models like Twiggy, who was one of the first to be photographed for magazines while wearing a mini dress.
By the time the 70s rolled around, mini dresses were still quite popular, especially with adults in their 20s. However, plenty of middle-aged women adopted the trend as well.
The mini dress was soon deemed appropriate for just about any occasion and bridal shops were even selling bridal dresses that were short in length.
The standard early 70s mini dress was usually made in a very plain A-line style with very few curves. A little later in the decade, the dresses became a little more ornate and may have been bell shaped at the bottom with long sleeves that were also flared.
Quite often, they were worn with a matching headband that completed the look. Another popular 70s mini dress accessory was go-go boots, usually in a shiny white vinyl, reaching all the way to the knees.
This was a very “mod” look and all these items were a must-have for anyone who wanted to look “groovy”.
For a short time during the middle of the decade, mini dresses were challenged by two new looks – the midi and the maxi. A midi length dress reached about mid-calf while a maxi dress went all the way to the ground.
Some say these were brought about because the mini dress couldn’t get any shorter; hence, designers were looking for something new. Others say it was a matter of modesty.
Nonetheless, neither the mini nor maxi lasted very long, and once again, by the final years of the 70s, mini dresses were once again in fashion.
As a matter of fact, during the disco era, mini dresses were quite popular. Still worn with a tall pair of boots or perhaps a glitzy pair of platform shoes, disco mini dresses came in a variety of styles, including everything form sleeveless halter dresses to more modest long-sleeve varieties, usually made from shiny, silky fabrics that flowed nicely while on the dance floor.