No.1 Fashion Icon

Mini is No.1 Fashion Icon

The mini skirt has been named the most iconic fashion item of all time.

The classic garment beat more recent styles like combats, trainers and ponchos to the number one spot.

Created by designer Andre Courreges and popularised by Mary Quant, the mini skirt became the ultimate symbol of the swinging Sixties.

But it has stood the test of time and today remains an essential part of any woman's wardrobe.

Jeans were the nation's second favourite garment in the poll for posh store Harvey Nichols.

For many years, jeans were only used as work clothes but they gained youth appeal and became cool in the 1950s thanks to stars like James Dean and Marlon Brando.

Third in the list was the timeless little black dress.

Created by Coco Chanel in 1926, the LBD has evolved with each decade to remain as fashionable as ever.

Cowboy boots, recently brought back to prominence by the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, took fifth place in the chart.

Flares completed the top five, remaining popular despite the brash varieties worn in the 1970s.

But the trousers were one of a number of pieces of clothing to appear in both the most popular and most detested lists.

The bell-bottomed pants also finished fifth in the worst fashion chart.