The mini skirt tops a list of women’s most iconic fashion staples of the last 50 years – along with skinny jeans, the Little Black Dress and Dr. Martens (but how many do YOU own?)
- Mini skirt has topped a list of the most iconic fashion items of past 50 years
- Number two on the list of timeless fashion items were classic Levi’s 501 jeans
- Dr Martens boots were voted number three, and the denim jacket in fourth place
- The research from Peter Hahn looked into British women’s attitudes to fashion
The humble mini skirt has topped a list of the most iconic fashion items of the past 50 years in a new survey.
Half a century after emerging as a symbol of rebellious youth culture in the 1960s, it has beaten the little black dress to be named as the best loved wardrobe staple for British women.
The mini’s invention is widely attributed to designer Mary Quant, with supermodel Twiggy as its unofficial poster child.
Number two on the list of timeless fashion items were the classic Levi’s 501 jeans, with Dr Martens boots stomping in at number three, and the denim jacket in fourth place.
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The mini skirt (as seen on Kendall Jenner at Paris Fashion Week, September 2018) has topped a list of the most iconic fashion items of the past 50 years in a new survey
The top 50 iconic fashion items
1. The Miniskirt
2. Levis 501s
3. Dr Martens
4. Denim jacket
5. Knee-high boots
6. Pencil skirt
7. Maxi dress
8. Skinny jeans
9. Leather biker jacket
10. Bell-bottom jeans
11. Stone-wash jeans
14. Boot cut jeans
15. Black stilettos
17. Shift dress
18. Trench coat
19. UGG boots
20. Ray-ban aviators
21. White T-shirt
22. Chelsea boots
23. The flip-flop
24. Hoop earrings
25. Boob tube
26. White shirt
27. Jump suit
28. Fishnet stockings
29. Barbour jacket
30. Halter neck top
31. Converse All Stars
32. Ra-rah skirt
33. Black leather trousers
34. Channel tweed suit
35. Hunter wellies
36. Cut-off denim shorts
37. Bardot top
38. Navy blazer
39. Wrap dresses
40. Red stilettos
42. Burberry scarf
43. High top trainers
44. Black tuxedo
45. Puffball skirt
47. Leopard print flats
48. Cricket jumper
49. Romper suit
50. Bandage dress
The research, which looked into British women’s attitudes to fashion, found skinny jeans, bell bottoms, pencil skirts and knee-high boots made it into the top ten most iconic items.
The enduring nature of retro fashion trends is highlighted in the findings, with 91 percent of the women polled saying that following fashion is not the same as being stylish.
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The study of 2,000 women commissioned by European fashion retailer Peter Hahn, also revealed that half of British women over the age of 50 believe they are still fashionable.
A further 50 percent of the women polled believe fashion rules have completely changed in recent years, with nearly one in five (19 percent) claiming fashion for the over fifties is now much sexier and more alluring.
These shifting fashion goalposts mean 78 percent of women confess they don’t feel pressured to dress ‘conservatively’, with 72 percent saying they regularly wear denim, and 68 percent believing it’s fine to keep hair long into your 50s.
Number two on the list of timeless fashion items as voted by Peter Hahn were the classic Levi’s 501 jeans (as seen on model Kaia Gerber in Hollwood, May 2018)
On the list of iconic fashion items, Dr Martens boots stomped in at number three (as seen on Bella Hadid in New York, March 2018, left), and the denim jacket in fourth place (on Gigi Hadid, pictured in New York, July 2018, right) came in at fourth place
The study also found over-50s claim they are confident with their fashion sense because they no longer dress for other people (30 percent), they simply don’t care about what other people think (29 percent), while 26 percent say they now know how to dress for their age.
One in five said they now have more disposable income to spend on looking good, and another 20 percent said they have come to terms with their body imperfections and know how to hide and flatter them with carefully chosen clothes.
‘This research proves that there’s no reason why the over-50s can’t stay in style,’ says a spokesperson from Peter Hahn. ‘We know that women today in their 40s and 50s seek out fashionable clothing and are aware of what looks good.’
The research, which looked into British women’s attitudes to fashion, found that knee-high boots (as seen on Chrissy Teigen, pictured in New York earlier this month) also made it into the top ten most iconic items as voted by the public
Some 95 percent of the women polled said fashion for over 50s had changed dramatically over the last 50 years, with 74 percent saying it was more liberating and empowering, while 32 percent said it was more daring.
Only 6 per cent thought that fashion was not a force for empowerment, while 68 percent said it had changed their social lives, 26 percent said it had affected their careers for the better and 8 percent said it had given them more confidence in the bedroom.
And despite feeling stylish now, 73 percent of respondents said they look back and cringe at some of the things they used to wear.
The majority of women (30 percent) thought the 60s was the best decade for fashion, followed by the 70s and the 50s.
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