According to designer Mary Quant, short skirts originally became fashionable in the 1960s as a display of rebellion; however, they are also often worn as a means of keeping cool in hot weather. They have been popularized in recent times by stars of music, film and television, such as Madonna, Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" and Calista Flockhart in "Ally McBeal."
Short skirts have also been popularized by a number of other celebrities, such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, particularly when paired with short tops to expose the midriff.
Meanwhile, high couture fashion designers, such as Giambattista Valli, often consider short skirts to be a good way of drawing the garments in their collections together, using legs as their common focal point.
Many women opt for short skirts as a way of exposing their legs in this way, thereby expressing confidence and pride in their bodies. Contrary to popular belief, this fashion choice is not limited to the under-30s; in fact, according to a survey by a British retailer, women in their 40s are more comfortable with this exposing garment than women in their 30s.
Short skirts are also popular for their versatility. Some examples of garments to pair them with include formal blazers, long jackets, bodysuits and casual T-shirts. They also lend themselves to a variety of footwear, including flats and thigh-high boots.