70s Mini vs. 70s Maxi: Which Seventies Trend Would You Choose?

May 29th, 2015

Mini skirts and maxi dresses are two of the biggest summer trends of the 1970s. Both tres stylish – but completely different in vibe – these trends contradict each other. So the big question is; are you a 70s mod gal or a 70s boho chick?

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The Rise of the Mini Skirt

Mary Quant was the genius behind the iconic mini skirt. This short skirt / dress style was first seen in the 1960s when English model, actress and singer Twiggy was at the top of her game. She claimed, “I was a mod long before I even became a model” and her slender “twig-like” figure made her the perfect mannequin for Quant’s short and daring designs.

By promoting the mini skirt and hot pant, designer Mary Quant taught the world to dress for themselves and liberate their wardrobe from the rules of the 40s and 50s. So you could say that the mini skirt is designed for the rebel inside us; even late into the 70s, girls were rocking the mod mini skirt or mini dress and it’s a look that we’re still loving to this day!

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70s mini skirt minidress

70s minidress

The 70s Maxi Dress

Flowing maxi skirts and dresses were also a big hit in the 1970s, so there really was something for everyone. The seventies was a very fun era,  bringing the best of the sixties and perfecting it. So the hippie look was still very much on trend. 70s maxi dresses were perfect for boho girls; there were elements of crochet, plenty of florals, fabulous prints, and more tie-dye than you could shake a stick at.

Singers such as Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin were certainly no stranger to the long, behemian style maxi. And we love that the maxi dress and maxi skirt is still very much appreciated in today’s fashion world.

70s maxi skirt dress

70s maxi skirt dress

70s maxi skirt dress

So are you a mod mini skirt or a boho maxi wearer? Whether you consider yourself to be a classic 1970s rebel or a care-free hippie, we think both styles are a an essential part of today’s wardrobe.

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SBP Team x


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