Classy women of the ’60s were still wearing the straight fitting sheath skirt or pencil skirt (think Jackie-O style). Some continued to wear full gathered or pleated swing skirts that came to knee length. The 1960s fashion world was in for a shock, however, when the 60s mini skirt first came out. The 1960s was the decade when skirts shortened up, slimmed down, and experimented with new colors and materials.
The short 60s mini skirt was quickly adopted by the young and rebellious, who wore them with matching bright colored tights or high knee socks. Plaid was the most popular print followed by big checks and large dots. The reversible wool plaid pleated skirt was an icon for many school girls. Corduroy, tweed, and denim were also a big deal in winter.
The ’70s saw the ’60s short skirt continue, but also saw long hippie skirts or Boho skirts with suede fringe or peasant prints. Long A-line wool skirts were worn at work and denim skirts on the weekends. Jumper dresses or overalls dresses were just as trendy as they are today. The decade was full of change. Scroll down or click here to jump to see pictures of vintage 60s and 70s skirts.
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