Buzzfeed first got a look at Silk Spectre's original costume back in May and users were quick to vocalize how ridiculous it was. Who fights crime in a miniskirt? People in the 1960s, duh.
Artist Amanda Conner talked about the difficulties of depicting women in comic books without hyper-sexualizing them in her interview about drawing and writing for Before Watchmen. She talks about how it's okay for superheroines to be in eyebrow-raising costumes as long as the clothing behaves properly and it's in character:
For instance, there's a lot of controversy about Power Girl's boobs. Frankly, her big boobs are part of her whole persona. People asked me, "Why didn't you give her smaller boobs?" I said, "Then it's going to become all about the boobs." We wanted to acknowledge that she looks the way she looks and move on to the story. She just happens to be a character that has gigantic boobs.
Given that Laurel is kicking ass and there's not one gratuitous panty shot and her outfit isn't any more outlandish than office apparel from the time period, I'm giving it a pass. Plus, she eventually figures out pants. Kind of.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #2 co-written by Darwyn Cooke and Amanda Conner with art by Amanda Conner and will be in stores Tuesday, July 17th