The Hemline Index – if skirt lengths could talk

Only The Donald knows for sure where this might take us.


Today’s post is about the lengths of skirts, a topic that came up during a conversation at the university where I lecture. Have you ever heard about the “Hemline Index”?

This index, originally from the 1920s insists that skirt lengths increase or decrease depending on the social, political and financial state in the world (or a part of the world, mostly Western). This theory was brought forward by the economist Prof. George Taylor who was at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Many researchers have challenged the index to prove it or disapprove of it and I’d say that the results are inconclusive.

Here is a lovely blog post about it from The Women’s History Network, which I am reposting. Enjoy!


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