Can you guess the difference between long & short?
A skirt is a tube or cone-shaped garment
that hangs from the waist or hips and covers all or part of the legs.
A short skirt is one that is not long.
In other words, the hemline (lower edge) is far from the floor. The length
of the skirt from the waistline to the hemline is shorter than most
Another name for this type of skirt would be a mini skirt
or micro skirt.
A miniskirt (sometimes hyphenated as
"mini-skirt") is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at
mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 10 centimeters (4 inches) below the
A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a
miniskirt with its hemline at the upper thigh. The micro is shorter than
Short skirts come in many different styles, colors, &
fabrics. Although they all have length in common they come in many
different versions. Some are very classy and luxurious and others
unfortunately can potentially make it look like you have a night job walking the
streets (which is fine if that is the look you are going for).
The hemline is perhaps the most variable
style line in fashion, changing shape and ranging in height from hip-high to
floor-length. What is a fashionable style and height of hemline has varied
considerably throughout the years, and has also depended on a number of factors
such as the age of the wearer, the occasion for which the garment is worn and
the choice of the individual.
The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length
and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well
as the wearer's personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as
fashion and social context. Most skirts are self-standing garments, but some
skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings, shorts,
What are the other skirt lengths?
Dresses and skirts are generally classified in terms of
their length: mini, ballerina length, tea length, full length, maxi,
History of the miniskirt: You are
not the first one to freak your parents out by wearing an extremely short skirt.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they
were generally not called "mini" until the 1960s. Instances of clothing
resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as
far back as c.1390–1370 BCE.
One of the earliest known cultures where women regularly
wore clothing resembling miniskirts was a subgroup of the Miao people of China,
the Duan Qun Miao (Chinese: 短裙苗; pinyin: duǎn qún miáo, literally "short skirt
Miao"). In albums produced during the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) from the early
eighteenth century onwards to illustrate the various types of Miao, the Duan Qun
Miao women were depicted wearing "mini skirts that barely cover the buttocks."
In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker's
banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergère
was subsequently likened to a miniskirt. Extremely short skirts became a staple
of 20th-century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that
by Earle K. Bergey who depicted futuristic women in a "stereotyped combination"
of metallic miniskirt, bra and boots. Hemlines were just above the knee in 1961,
and gradually climbed upward over the next few years. By 1966, some designs had
the hem at the upper thigh. Stockings with suspenders were not considered
practical with miniskirts and were replaced with coloured tights. The popular
acceptance of miniskirts peaked in the "Swinging London" of the 1960s, and has
continued to be commonplace among many women, especially teenagers, pre-teens,
and young adults.
Towards the end of the 1960s, an even shorter version,
called the microskirt or micro-mini, emerged.
From approximately 1969, the fashion industry largely
returned to longer skirts such as the midi and the maxi. The industry and
consumers go back and forth from that point on. The short skirt comes in
and out of style from time to time.
From World War I to roughly 1970, women were under social
pressure to wear skirts near to the currently fashionable length or be
considered unstylish, but since the 1970s, women's options have widened, and
there is no longer really only one single fashionable skirt-length at a time.
It is the opinion of Apparel Search
that a women should wear any length skirt that she desires. As always, a
women should wear what she wants and wear it when she wants.
Is the short skirt in style this year?
Links of possible interest to help you learn more about
Clothing stores that may have short skirts for sale (not always):
ASOS - Discover mini skirts with ASOS. Shop a
range of mod, mini and short skirt styles with ASOS.
Express Mini Skirts
Nordstrom - Nordstrom
sells miniskirts as well as skirts of other lengths. They often have a
Mini Skirts - Latest trends for women's mini skirts at ZARA online. Find
white, black, denim, leather, suede, plaid, sequin, pleated and micro mini
skirts for women.
Their is something to be said for long legs and short skirts.
Yes, a skirt could possibly become too short.
Typically, it is best for your skirt length to cover your
lingerie underwear. Again, this is
entirely up to the wearer. Any skirt length is acceptable if the women
deams it so. Obviously this concept does not aply to school or for certain
You may want to also learn about tube tops,
tank tops &
g-strings if you are going for the
Learn about denim skirts which can be
short, mid, or long. Don't forget to also visit the
maxi skirts page for more information about
different skirt styles.
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