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Designer & 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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1980s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Colour Block Pleated Tiered Silk Skirt With Sash

A 1980s exceptional Yves Saint Laurent YSL Colour Block Pleated Tiered Midi Skirt with original sash
£525.00

Alberta Ferretti 1990s leather green vintage top & skirt set

Amazing hooked green leather matching skirt & corset style top
£666.56

Antique Silk & Net Embroidered black vintage skirt

An Edwardian Black Silk Skirt with Net and Embroidery
£260.00

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

Bellville Sassoon 1980s Embroidered Silk Skirt

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

Bill Gibb 1970's Box Pleated Wool Crepe black vintage skirt suit

A rare and stunning vintage Bill Gibb skirt suit in a pleated wool crepe with breathtaking brocade matching jacket, 1970s
£1,000.00

Bill Gibb 1970s wool black vintage Skirt

A super skirt by British designer Bill Gibb in black wool with contrasting over stitching in turquoise and orange
£235.00

Bill Pashley 1960's Hot Pink Shot Silk Mod Two Piece vintage Skirt Suit

A vintage hot pink shot silk Bill Pashley skirt suit in a luxe mod look, 1960s
£75.00

Bogner 1980s belted wool ivory vintage skirt

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

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

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

Celine 1980s Button Front Black Vintage Skirt

A 1980s vintage Céline black skirt with high waist and button down front
£125.00

Celine 1980s vintage wool & chain detail coral orange vintage skirt

1980s wool skirt in Coral by Celine with gold chain detail
£125.00

Chanel 1980s Pleated silk cream vintage Skirt

Cream Chanel pleated skirt in silk
£340.00

Chanel Silk Chiffon Sea Green Vintage Midi Skirt

Chanel sea green skirt with chiffon layer and flounced hem
£240.00

Christian Dior 1970s Soft Suede Fringed Brown Vintage Skirt

100% goat skin Christian Dior fringed festival style skirt
£480.00

Christian Dior 1970's Two Piece Knit green vintage Skirt Suit

A stunning vintage Christian Dior two piece green skirt suit
£420.00

Christian Dior Velvet black vintage Skirt

Christian Dior London Black Velvet Skirt
£160.00

Dolce & Gabbana Lace & Pleated Cream Vintage Skirt

Cream lace silk and cotton mid length skirt by Dolce & Gabbana
£310.00

Dries Van Noten patterned silk vintage skirt

Multi patterned Dries Van Noten silk skirt
£155.00

Emanuel Ungaro 1980's Silk Accordion Pleated green vintage Skirt

An incredibly beautiful green silk vintage women's skirt from the 1980s by luxury French designer, Emanuel Ungaro
£200.00

Emilio Pucci 1960s Printed Silk Skirt

A gorgeous Emilio Pucci silk skirt from the 1960s with the most beautiful print in vibrant shades of turquoise, blue and purple.
£280.00

Emilio Pucci 1970s Printed Cotton vintage Skirt

Classic pastel coloured Pucci print skirt
£175.00

Gianfranco Ferre silk Lace & velvet pink vintage skirt

Ferre rose silk underlay skirt with black lace overlay
£100.00

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