Victoria Beckham included the mini in her own fashion range, and at 35 can still carry it off They were the sartorial emblem of freedom for girls in the swinging Sixties and have been a fashion favourite of the young ever since. But now it seems women are happy to bare a lot of leg in a mini-skirt right up to the age of In , few women older than 33 would dare to venture out in a short skirt for fear of being labelled 'mutton dressed as lamb'. But today they are being worn for almost a decade longer before being consigned to the back of the wardrobe, according to Debenhams. They may come under fire for signs of ageing around the knees, but they do have generally flawless legs. The modern, image-obsessed culture means that women work hard to maintain a youthful appearance, spending hours in the gym and even undergoing plastic surgery.