Ever wondered when women suddenly started wearing mini skirts? You knew it happened in the swinging 60s, but you probably didn't know who was responsible? Meet Jean Shrimpton. In 1965, Shrimpton caused a sensation in when she arrived for an Australian Derby wearing a white shift dress designed by Colin Rolfe which ended 10 cm above her knees. She wore no hat, stockings or gloves and wore a man's watch, which was unusual at the time. This looked caused a sensation worldwide, and fashion has never quite been the same since.
But Jean did so much more than make it acceptable to wear skirts above the knee - she was the world's very supermodel, she created the babydoll look with heavy mascara, bows and low cut dresses - she also was the first famous woman to rarely wear heels. Her outfits propelled us into the swinging sixties; Here are a few of my favourite pictures/outfits of hers:
She makes put a whole new meaning on the word 'sophisticated' and was the lady who created the motto 'legs or tits' that so many girls stand by. Shift dresses, feminine shirts, monochrome patterns, eyeliner, mini skirts, flat shoes and many a celebrity (and characters like Blair Waldorf) owe "The Shrimp" a thank you.
Get her look
These are everywhere, but to get them Jane Shrimpton style they need to be either one colour, or very boldly patterned - and always very well tailored. Marc Jacobs is an expert at making the shift into the ultimate sext dress, like this one above.
These are a staple anyway, you probably won't need to buy any. Buy them either patterned or plain - the bolder the better, either in design or brightness. Don't be afraid too splash some money on these - you'll wear them every day.
Firstly, have a look at my posting on Zara's SS11 coloured minis as these really do fit the bill nicely here. Here is a picture of them below, and I am seeing a lot of these around!
A well tailored mini skirt should be an essential in every girl's wardrobe. It can be worn to any occasion if paired with the right pieces. You can add a shirt and tights with it to work, or go bare legged and strap on some heels for some instant 'wow' in the evenings. So, it should be chosen with care - you could justify spending some cash on it if you wish...
or for a slightly more feminine look try this one in Broderie Anglaise fabric...
Steven Alan - £135
For high street options, ASOS once again has some winners:
Also check out my post on Sunday Girl, whose bows and feminine Vs tailoring screams Jean Shrimption. Also, for her watches check out Michael Kors for some strong, masculine time tickers. Or check out Calvin Klein's current range:
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