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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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Loewe 1980s Black Leather High Waist Skirt

Loewe 1980s Black Leather Ultra High Waist Women's Vintage Pencil Skirt
£220.00

Gianfranco Ferre Tapestry Pattern Brocade Pencil Skirt

Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Embroidered Lame Tapestry Pattern Brocade Pencil Skirt
£300.00

Vintage 1960s Hand Beaded & Sequinned Evening Skirt

A glam vintage hand beaded & sequin Asian inspired silver, pink and red evening skirt from circa the 1960s.
£200.00

Istante by Gianni Versace 1990s Vintage Leather & Lace Skirt

Istante by Versace Vintage 1990s Italian Leather & Lace Black Fishtail Skirt
£350.00

Claude Montana 1980s Vintage Cream Wool Skirt

Claude Montana Vintage 1980s Chunky Thick Wool Cream Cable Knit Pencil Skirt
£200.00

Issey Miyake 1980s Vintage Grey Pinstripe Skirt

Issey Miyake Vintage 1980s Dark Charcoal Gray Women's Long Midi Pinstripe Skirt
£200.00

Givenchy 1970s Vintage Silk Midi Skirt

A beautiful vintage skirt from th 1970s by luxury French designer, Givenchy.
£160.00

Jean Paul Gaultier 1990s Vintage Jean Skirt

Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Jeans Tapestry Pegasus Flying Horse Skirt, 1990s
£250.00

Moschino 1980s Vintage Brown Suede Skirt

Moschino Vintage Women's Brown Suede Skirt with Crochet Fringe Tassels, 1980s
£300.00

Bellville Sassoon 1980s Embroidered Silk Skirt

Belville Sassoon Asian Embroidered and Beaded Green Pure Silk Skirt, 1980s
£200.00

Ara Modell 1980s Black Velvet Pencil Slit Skirt

Sophisticated black velvet pencil skirt with white satin lined slit by Ara Modell from the 1980s.
£200.00

Valentino 1990s Miss V Velvet Button Front Black Vintage Skirt

Valentino Miss V skirt in black silk velvet with a 7 button down front
£200.00

Vintage 1970s Gathered Black Evening Skirt

Vintage 1970s evening skirt from John Charles Evening Wear
£195.00

Lolita Lempika 1970s Pleated Yellow Vintage Midi Skirt

Lolita Lempika yellow skirt pleated from the zip close waistline
£175.00

Valentino 1980s Smocked Layered Wool Black Vintage Midi Skirt

Valentino black wool skirt with smocked waistband and two tier skirt
£240.00

Burberry 1980s Tartan Wool Navy Blue Vintage Midi Skirt

A Burberrys 1980s vintage red white and blue tartan skirt with a front pleat
£200.00

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1980s Leather Blue Vintage Skirt

1980's YSL Rive Gauche knee length blue leather skirt
£250.00

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1990s Woven Ribbon Beige Vintage Bubble Skirt

YSL Rive Gauche woven striped beige vintage bubble skirt
£240.00

Caroline Charles 1970s Striped Silk Layered Multicoloured Vintage Midi Skirt

Caroline Charles 1970's full gathered striped skirt with layered skirt and flounced hem.
£155.00

Antique Silk & Net Embroidered black vintage skirt

An Edwardian Black Silk Skirt with Net and Embroidery
£260.00

Christian Dior Velvet black vintage Skirt

Christian Dior London Black Velvet Skirt
£160.00

Vintage 1960s Floral Trim Petticoat

White single layered petticoat with blue lace trim
£95.00

Bogner 1980s belted wool ivory vintage skirt

Stylish and simple skirt from the 1980s by Bogner
£185.00

Dries Van Noten patterned silk vintage skirt

Multi patterned Dries Van Noten silk skirt
£155.00

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