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Vintage Midi Skirts

Probably the most versatile of skirts, the vintage midi skirt has a history just as intriguing as that of the mini. Entering the scene in the 1920s, the dance-friendly midi skirt frequented the new, decadent post-war party scene with a little help from designers like Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. In the 1940s and 1950s, the more formal tea-length midi skirt and the pencil skirt became popular, reflecting times of hardship and modesty. Fast forward a couple of decades and influential WWD editor John Fairchild declared 1970 “the year of the midi”, in an attempt to ban the “immoral and unladylike” mini skirt. Much to the customers despair, the fashion world obeyed and designers sketched skirts with hemlines of more “respectable” lengths. As women loved their newly found freedom with the mini and weren’t happy with being told what’s appropriate to wear, the “war of the hemline” began. In the 1990s the below-the-knee skirt made a brief return with the classic 1990s slip dress, and in later years the midi has gained a more lasting momentum in more imaginative styles.

OfV says: Looking beyond the ladylike 1950s New Look A-line skirt, the vintage midi skirt is a versatile wardrobe must-have catering for formal events and leisured days alike. A one-coloured pleated midi skirt lends a dressy element to a leisured t-shirt; a figure-hugging pencil skirt is the hero piece of power dressing; and a floral midi skirt is a recurring essential for summer. At Open for Vintage, we host decade-defining pieces and rare vintage finds from some of the most prominent designers in history. Consider a 1980s Celine knife pleat belted skirt to smarten up your everyday office attire; a 1970s Yves Saint Laurent evening ensemble with a statement skirt in metallic silk for an eye-catching party look; or a vintage 1950s hand-painted Mexican souvenir skirt adding a retro spin to your vacation wardrobe. Couple your favourite vintage midi skirt with an oversized shirt (tucked in on just one side) and slides for a contemporary fashion feel. Uncover enduring trends; retro prints, patterns and silhouettes; and ground-breaking conceptual cuts and volumes in our vintage midi skirts edit below.

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KENZO abstract print skirt ensemble

KENZO abstract print skirt ensemble
HK$3,379.18

KENZO VINTAGE abstract print skirt & top

KENZO VINTAGE abstract print skirt & top
HK$3,379.18

Istante by Gianni Versace 1990s Vintage Leather & Lace Skirt

Istante by Versace Vintage 1990s Italian Leather & Lace Black Fishtail Skirt
HK$3,583.98

Claude Montana 1980s Vintage Cream Wool Skirt

Claude Montana Vintage 1980s Chunky Thick Wool Cream Cable Knit Pencil Skirt
HK$2,047.99

Issey Miyake 1980s Vintage Grey Pinstripe Skirt

Issey Miyake Vintage 1980s Dark Charcoal Gray Women's Long Midi Pinstripe Skirt
HK$2,047.99

Gucci 1980s Vintage Floral Summer Wrap Skirt

Gucci Vintage 1980s White Silk Floral Print Wrap Skirt
HK$4,095.97

Givenchy 1970s Vintage Silk Midi Skirt

A beautiful vintage skirt from th 1970s by luxury French designer, Givenchy.
HK$1,638.39

Jean Paul Gaultier 1990s Vintage Jean Skirt

Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Jeans Tapestry Pegasus Flying Horse Skirt, 1990s
HK$2,559.98

Moschino 1980s Vintage Brown Suede Skirt

Moschino Vintage Women's Brown Suede Skirt with Crochet Fringe Tassels, 1980s
HK$3,071.98

Norma Kamali 1980s Striped Peplum Skirt

Norma Kamali Vintage Grey & White Cotton Jersey Avant Garde Peplum Skirt, 1980s
HK$1,228.79

Bellville Sassoon 1980s Embroidered Silk Skirt

Belville Sassoon Asian Embroidered and Beaded Green Pure Silk Skirt, 1980s
HK$2,047.99

Ara Modell 1980s Black Velvet Pencil Slit Skirt

Sophisticated black velvet pencil skirt with white satin lined slit by Ara Modell from the 1980s.
HK$2,047.99

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