Ahhhh…memories of one of my favorite 1990’s trends – the short skirt. What we girls did, and still do, for fashion. One day, when I was a sophomore in high school, there was a big snow storm and the bus never came to our stop so, my friends and I decided to walk to the only house where parents who could give us a ride to school were still home. Trudging through snow that reached my thighs, which were exposed because I was wearing my short skirt and Keds, it never even occurred to me that I should be wearing anything else.
As I left my teens and entered the workforce of the booming 1990′, it was a time when our
economy was soaring and the internet seemed to afford infinite opportunities for businesses to make obscene amounts of money. While I left the jean short skirts of my youth behind, I replaced them with Generation X’s version of the power suit: a short skirt and long jacket.
My 50-something boss at a high energy, glossy dot-com was dismayed. When she not-so-tactfully tried to persuade me to lengthen the hems of my skirts I was perplexed; everywhere I looked I saw highly successful, professional women wearing skirts as short, or shorter, then mine.
There was Lois Lane, an acclaimed journalist on the TV show, "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," who bared her legs while writing meaty news stories and helping her superhero boyfriend fight bad guys. Ally McBeal was an attorney who managed to win cases, earn oodles of money and date hot guys all without ever having to cover up her quads. Last but far from least was my favorite 90’s short skirt wearing yuppie power broker, Amanda on Melrose Place. Why would my boss deny me one of the tools so obviously needed to be a successful woman in the 90’s – the short skirt?
As the 90’s came to a close and Clinton’s free-wheeling, sex filled presidency was replaced by an abstinence touting conservative administration, skirt lengths seemed to magically lengthen and all of my favorite TV heroines disappeared from prime-time.
The bare legged, money making, no-nonsense women of the 90’s was encapsulated by Cake in their hit song, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," which was released in 2001. "She is fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack. She is touring the facility and picking up slack. I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnnnnnnnn…lonnnnnnng jacket." That 90’s girl is still here, she’s just in a longer skirt.