Will you be trying the new mini skirt trend?

A model walks the runway at Prada Credit: Getty Images 

When it comes to hemlines, we’ve gone full circle, returning, after a brief fling with midis and maxis, to the mini. On the spring/summer 2019 runways, skirt edges rose at Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Chanel and Hermès, while the street style set embraced myriad minis, from printed to patent leather. 

Opinions differ on who invented the miniskirt, but in London Mary Quant, who founded the King’s Road boutique Bazaar in 1955, was the driving force behind this Sixties trend. With her Vidal Sassoon haircut, Quant’s uniform – short skirt, flat shoes and tights – soon epitomised a generation.

Quant’s effect on fashion was so extraordinary that an exhibition opening next month at London’s V&A will explore how she kick-started a sartorial revolution. 

Early miniskirts had hems that fell just above the knee. That sounds quite tame now, but at the time it was seen as outrageous. Coinciding with the launch of the contraceptive pill, miniskirts became inextricably linked to the Swinging Sixties, free love and the women’s liberation movement.

Hemlines continued to rise year by year until 1965, when the standard hemline hit 4in above the knee. There are tales of men crashing their cars and blaming women for distracting them. When the model Twiggy arrived on the scene, super-high minis in bold Crayola hues became de rigueur. 

By the end of the decade, the mini had become somewhat normalised, with even the Queen wearing a skirt that fell above her knee during a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970. 

Corduroy mini skirt, £59, Arket; Miniskirt with belt, £69.99, Zara; A-line mini skirt, £29.50, Marks and Spencer

The 2019 mini revival can be attributed largely to the Willoughby Effect. When TV presenter Holly Willoughby swapped her usual midis for minis, Marks & Spencer reported they sold 300,000 mini skirts over the winter months. Unsurprisingly, one of M&S’s hero pieces for spring/summer is a button-through denim mini. There are also a plethora of styles in Cos and Arket. Add a collared shirt and a loafer or brogue-style shoe for a thoroughly modern take on Quant’s iconic look.



Mary Quant kick-started the mini revolution in London, selling skirts with super short hemlines from her London store Bazaar on the King’s Road. 


Credit: Hulton Royals Collection

The Queen arrives on a royal tour to Australia wearing a dress cropped above the knee. Even to this day, members of the Royal family rarely expose any flesh above their calves, so this was somewhat of a radical monarchy look. 


Credit: Getty Images 

Miuccia Prada raises hemlines high for her spring/summer 2019 collection. 

Will you be trying the new mini skirt trend or will you be sticking to midi and maxi skirts?  Tell us what your favourite skirt trend is in the comments section below.