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Instagram Top 10: Legs

As temperatures continue to drop, hemlines (surprisingly) begin to rise. Legs - and more legs - were on display all over Instagram this week.
“She's got legs, she knows how to use them.” That’s the opening line from the 1984 song by ZZ Top. In the video, which won an MTV Video Award for the group, three women (wearing very short skirts and very high heels) arrive in a vintage Ford truck to give a shoe store salesgirl a complete makeover after she’s been harassed by virtually everyone in the strip mall where she works. Thirteen years later, Douglas Keeve, who also directed Unzipped (all about his then-boyfriend Isaac Mizrahi), used the video as inspiration for a short film to honor Manolo Blahnik when he was bestowed The Stiletto award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1997. Douglas’s version features supermodel Carolyn Murphy (as the made-over salesgirl) showing off her legs and prancing around the Manolo Blahnik boutique on 54th Street in New York City wearing decidedly much better shoes than in the original.
Jean Shrimpton caused an international scandal when she arrived at Derby Day in Melbourne, Australia in 1965, wearing a white shift dress that ended 4 inches above her knees (reportedly because her dressmaker had run out of fabric to make it any longer). “The day of the races was a hot one, so I didn’t bother to wear any stockings. My legs were still brown from the summer, and as the dress was short it was hardly formal,” The Shrimp reminisced in her 1992 autobiography. Mary Quant, the fashion designer who epitomizes London’s Swinging Sixties, has long been credited with inventing the miniskirt and naming it after her favorite make of car (the Mini Cooper). Today, miniskirts and minidresses still represent freedom and defiance - and they are also a great way to show that you haven’t skipped “Leg Day” at the gym like these A-listers certainly never do.
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Jean Shrimpton attends Derby Day in Melbourne, Australia in 1965.
Jennifer Aniston took her dog, Clyde, to work in a very short floral-print dress that highlighted her perfect pins. Jennifer’s The Morning Show co-star, Reese Witherspoon, rocked Versace at the Country Music Association Awards. At the Latin Grammy Awards, Rosalía wore a custom Carolina Herrera dress with a train while Sofia Carson opted for a dramatic high-low gown from Giambattista Valli. Leomie Anderson posed on the Grand Canal in Venice in a one-shoulder minidress just days before the island was hit with some of the worst flooding in the past 50 years. Kéla Walker got leggy on the rooftop of the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills and Camila Morrone taught us all a lesson in monochrome chic when she stepped out in a Max Mara miniskirt paired with Tamara Mellon knee-high boots. Vanessa Hudgens shined in Thom Browne at a screening for The Knight Before Christmas, her latest flick for Netflix. Ella Balinska commented that Naomi Scott, her co-star from Charlie’s Angels, is “a truly, truly beautiful human being inside and out” when Naomi wore Givenchy to their film’s premiere. And Pixie Geldof updated her #oldoutfitoftheday with Gucci tights and white cowboy boots in West Hollywood.
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Jean Shrimpton and her companion, British actor Terence Stamp, attend a press conference in Melbourne, Australia in 1965.
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Legs for days. And nights. Vogue CS edits a selection of the best miniskirts and minidresses because, as Dorothy Parker once cracked, “If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you.”