A leading economic indicator suggests that happy days are here again.
The Hemline Index is up — waaay up, according to the New York Daily News.
A popular economic theory holds that the country’s economic health can be measured by the height of its hemlines. When times are relatively good, as in the ’20s and ’60s, women show off their gams.
Similarly, the hemlines drop with the public morale during the bad times.
Times are apparently good as the Daily News reports that miniskirts are making a gigantic comeback in the fashion world this spring.
According to the paper, designers like Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote raised the pulse rate at Paris Fashion Week by leaving little to the imagination.
And apparently miniskirts are not only for the atrociously youung. The Daily News reports designers Rebecca Taylor and Alexander Wang are creating miniskirts for such withered old ladies as 40-year-old Kate Moss.
“It used to be a very young-person style, but that concept has disappeared,” fashion historian Valerie Steele of the Fashion Institute of Technology tells the paper. “Now the feeling is go for it — for better or for worse.”
There are some distinct trends this season.
“We’re seeing a high-waist trend this season, but as the waist of the skirt goes up, so does the hemline,” New York stylist Kimberly Garrett Rosen tells the Daily News.
She suggests pairing the largely hypothetical hemlines with men’s loafers or a tailored blazer.
British designer Mary Quant, one of the miniskirt pioneers of the ’60s, tells the paper the short hemline is a social statement.
“A miniskirt was a way of rebelling,” the 80-year-old tells the paper.