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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
£530.00

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.
£205.00

Guy Laroche 1990s Tulip Print Cotton Vintage Skirt

Guy Laroche Vintage Tulip Print Light Blue Cotton Pencil Skirt, 1990s
£80.00

Nina Ricci 1970s Vintage Silk & Velvet Lamé Evening Skirt XS

A spectacular Nina Ricci evening skirt from the 1970s. The fabric is really unique and utterly divine - a fine black silk chiffon, flocked with the softest velvet and shot with metallic gold and silver lurex threads, forming a large-scale floral pattern in brilliant colours.
£490.00

Acne Studios White Cotton Midi Skirt

Acne Studios folded and shaped A line shite cotton skirt.
£185.00

Chanel Boutique 1980s Pleated Black Skirt

Chanel Boutique mid length black skirt with a transparent pleated lower half
£436.28

Moschino Jeans 1980s "Moschifo" Black and White Skirt

Moschino Jeans black and white gambling symbol print pencil skirt with button waist
£435.74

Prada Purple Leather Ostrich Skirt

Prada skirt in purple ostrich leather.
£759.00

Vintage 1990s Western Ranch Style Coral Orange Skirt

1990s pencil shaped ranch style coral skirt with snap button front
£134.57

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Silk Metallic Lame Evening Ensemble

A spectacular Yves Saint Laurent metallic silk lamé evening set consisting of a blouse and its matching pleated maxi skirt.
£1,060.00

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.
£285.00

Norma Kamali 1980s to 1990s Black Parachute Skirt

A spectacular calf-length Norma Kamali parachute skirt made from gathered black nylon featuring a high waist with front zipper and light boning.
£440.00

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970s Tweed Wrap Brown Vintage Skirt

YSL Rive Gauche knee length speckled brown tweed skirt with wrap style front
£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

Gianni Versace 1990s Wool Khaki Green Vintage Midi Skirt

Gianni Versace khaki green vintage skirt with wrap style straps
£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

Chanel Silk Chiffon Sea Green Vintage Midi Skirt

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

Pierre Cardin 1980s Floral Print Pink Vintage Midi Skirt

1980's Pierre Cardin midi pencil skirt in a large floral print of pink, purple burgundy and blue
£160.00

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