Part of the female uniform for centuries, vintage maxi skirts in varying shapes and sizes are a key piece of fashion history standing strong to date. In the 20th century, master couturier Paul Poiret revolutionised women’s dress by the introduction of more naturally fitting skirts. His creations, the slim “hobble skirt” followed by the “trotteur”, were sharp contrasts to the movement-impeding styles worn by women at the times (and for centuries before it). With the popularisation of the mini and midi skirts in the post-war era, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the maxi skirt gained a new momentum with the bohemian look popularised by the hippies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s the “boho chic” maxi skirt was trending once again, and later years have seen the garment repositioned back into formalwear and partywear through pleats and eye-catching colours and luxurious fabrics.
OfV says: A vintage maxi skirt may be the epitome of boho, but its elegant sensibilities should not be overlooked. From conceptual lace and sheer maxi skirts by Comme Des Garcons to 1980s Christian Dior Haute Couture peplum skirts with ruffles, Open for Vintage boasts an array of eye-catching maxi skirts suited for the most formal of events. Those looking to enjoy the leisured benefits of a maxi will be delighted to find iconic 1970s-nodding knitted vintage maxi skirts from Missoni and relaxed petticoat style vintage maxi skirts in cotton. Whether you’re after ball-like opulence or a comforting piece to slip over a swimsuit, trust in vintage maxi skirts to fulfil your sartorial needs. Uncover enduring trends; retro prints, patterns and silhouettes; and ground-breaking conceptual cuts and volumes in our vintage maxi skirts edit below.