Dress length is a funny thing. There never seems to be a right or a wrong, even across many decades of fashion change the length of dresses has been a subject of much debate, deliberation, opinion and shock.
Of course it always tends to be the preserve of the short dress to attract the most comment and length is a sure-fire way for any designer to attract attention or create a stir. There's a typical cycle here that tends to repeat itself at regular intervals. A new design of shockingly short dress makes its appearance either on the catwalk or in a popular film, worn by an attractive and slim celebrity. The press makes a feature of it, commercial brands copy the style and the masses flock in their thousands to try out the style, hoping in some way to engender the same aura of said celebrity and create a similar look. As adoption increases, many less attractive wearers are seen out and about and the style starts to lose its appeal. Fashion leaders regard the style as having had its day and move on. All that is quickly forgotten and soon after the cycle starts again.
Even though this cycle continues to repeat itself today, the original lap of this well-worn circuit can be traced back to the 1960's, when post-war austerity had all but disappeared, living standards were improving and the general outlook on life by the masses was one of optimism, independence and happiness. Fashion was moving quickly into a new era of bolder colours, bolder fabric patterns, bolder dress designs and a bolder approach to dress length. The appearance of the very short dresses as worn by the likes of Twiggy, eventually made there way onto our screens, into our magazines and onto the shop racks fairly late in the decade, but they arrived soon enough to adopt the “sixties” name and will forever be remembered as such.
Although new versions of the slim-cut, colourful mini dress are still sold today, the way these dresses are worn now is different. Although many young women would claim to be confident enough to go out in such a short length, we are unfortunately tending to a slightly fuller body form these days. The streets are no longer awash with slim, leggy twenty-somethings as the problem of obesity affects our society. The mini dress is still popular though, even though the way it is worn may not include the pure sixties preference for bare legs and strappy sandals. The mini dress may be worn over woollen tights or even over jeans to bring a stylistic colour burst to an otherwise dull combination.
And nothing works better than dressing up a plain modern pair of jeans than a sixties original. Made from retro nylon or cotton fabrics, with bold, but slightly faded colours, the mini sixties can become a talking point, especially if it originates back to one of the popular designers of the day.
Retro fashion like 60s dresses
are always in demand and the best place to find them is in vintage clothing
outlets according to Rosie. She follows the vintage fashion trends and had all kinds of tips for retro fashion lovers.