Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ or recognized as a fashion trend until the 1960s.
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 (garters) were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with colored tights.
The popular acceptance of miniskirts peaked in the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s, and has continued to be commonplace, particularly among younger women and teenage girls. Before that time, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.
Here below is a set of cool photos showing young ladies in short skirts during the 1960s.