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Designer and Vintage Skirt Suits

It could be argued that vintage skirt suits have a very long and illustrious history.  When we look back in time, we think of dresses being the chief garment for women of the 18th and 19th centuries.  However, some of the most dashing examples of women’s dress from these centuries have included a beautifully tailored jacket and skirt and we just need to see the historically inspired collections of designers such as Vivienne Westwood to see the proof.  In the 20th century skirts suits have been worn in every form to every occasion from office to everyday, evening to wedding (Wearing a perfectly sculpted skirt suit can give you and instantly stylish outfit which is disarmingly formal and yet retains a feminine edge.  We only have to look to cinema to see the full effect of a perfectly placed skirt suit from Kim Novak in severe late 1950s grey in Vertigo to Alicia Silverstone in 1990s tartan kitsch in Clueless.  

Tailoring cloth to the female form is a true art form.  Designer skirt suits can enhance, distort, reveal and conceal while maintaining a balance and control.  Power suiting is something often attributed to the 1980s with designers such as Thierry Mugler, nipping in waists and boosting shoulders to the max.  However, these shapes find their true origin in the 1940s when suits were de riguer as day wear for women.  Designers such as Hardy Amies used wools and silks to create ultra-wearable and practical, yet elegant skirt suits for their town and country dwelling customers.  Vintage skirt suits of this period feature vampish shoulder structure, shaped waists and moulded hips with neat, cloth saving, skirts.  When Christian Dior launched his ‘New Look’ in 1947 and the iconic skirt suit photographed by the Seine, the departure from the 40s style is clear with ultra-feminine soft shoulders, corseted wasp waist and a full pleated midi length skirt.  So whether you are looking for high glamour or figure enhancing elegance, the 1940s and 1950s have plenty to offer.

Having spent the early years of her career in the 1920’s battling against the corseted Edwardian creations of the past, for Coco Chanel, these 1950s suits were a step back.  Chanel was all about making clothes wearable.  Her jackets had arms specifically set higher than average with narrower sleeves.  As she said: ‘A skirt is made for crossing the legs and an armhole for crossing the arms.’  We are fairly certain that deportment guides of the period would have disagreed with the former (ankles only ladies) and questioned the latter but it shows the no-nonsense and independent attitude Chanel applied to herself and her customer.  Her simple collarless skirt suits with contrast braid trims were designed primarily with comfort in mind and always look impeccable with their chain weighted hemlines.  Today the most iconic, imitated and popular items of clothing ever produced by the brand.  Really great tailoring never loses style so take a look at the Open for Vintage skirt suit collection to find fabulous vintage suits from every decade.


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ALAIA Black Denim Moto Lace-Up Jacket & Skirt Set Size XS

A fabulous Alaia denim skirt suit comprising a jacket and matching mini skirt with lace-up details.

Andrea Odicini 1980s Tweed Green Vintage Skirt Suit

Andrea Odicini Italian Vintage Green Tweed Suit Coat & Skirt Set

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

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

Celine 1990s Cotton Striped Black and Yellow Vintage Skirt Suit

Vintage 1990s Céline striped yellow and black short sleeve button down shirt and wrap skirt suit.

Chanel 1970s Couture Horizontal Stripe Brown & Ivory Vintage Skirt Suit

Chanel Haute Couture 1974 suit with horizontal stripes and wrap sleeves.

Chanel 1971 bouclé wool blue vintage skirt suit

An Autumn/Winter 1971 vintage Chanel Haute Couture wool bouclé purplish blue checked jacket and skirt suit

Chanel 1980s Bouclé Wool yellow Vintage Skirt Suit

Classic circa 1982 Chanel suit with pencil skirt and multi pocket jacket with gilt CC buttons

Chanel 1980s Wool Cherry Red Vintage Skirt Suit

Chanel Boutique 1989-1990 wool skirt suit with a four pocket jacket with a single golden button

Christian Dior 1960s Numbered Black Vintage Skirt Suit

Vintage 1960s Christian Dior skirt suit in black with a flared jacket with a mandarin collar.

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

A stunning vintage Christian Dior two piece green skirt suit

Christian Dior 1970s Wool Crepe yellow vintage skirt suit Ensemble

Romantic pleated skirt mustard orange suit by Christian Dior - Tricots and Coordonnes

Christian Dior 1980s Pinstripe Cream and Black Vintage Skirt Suit

Christian Dior 1980s skirt suit in white and black pinstripe wool with a tuxedo style jacket.

Christian Dior Boutique 1960s Silk purple vintage Suit

1960s Christian Dior Boutique Silk Suit, Paris Number 84017

Christian Dior Spring-Summer 1989 wool navy blue vintage skirt suit

A timelessly elegant navy blue numbered Haute Couture jacket and skirt suit by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior from Spring-Summer 1989

Domitilla 1970s Italian Silk Vintage blouse & skirt set

A 1970s Domitilla vintage blouse and skirt set.

Donald Campbell 1980s denim blue vintage Skirt Suit

Blue denim skirt suit by Donald Campbell, 1980s

Escada 1980s Paint Splash Micro Dot Print Multicolour Vintage Skirt Suit

Escada 1980s silk skirt and top ensemble with a long button top and pleated skirt.

Genny Navy Blue vintage Blazer & Pencil Skirt Set

Genny Italian Vintage Navy Blue Suit Blazer & Pencil Skirt suit

Ginocchietti rainbow silk vintage skirt & top set

A wonderful pleated rainbow-coloured light silk skirt & top set by Umberto Ginocchietti

Giorgio Armani bright pink vintage skirt suit

A bright pop pink Armani two piece skirt suit

Hardy Amies 1960s Black Vintage Skirt Suit

Vintage 1960s hand tailored Hardy Amies skirt suit in black.

Hermes 1980s Double Breasted Wool & velevt trim green vintage Skirt Suit

Hermes skirt suit from the 80s in wool & velvet

Il Baco da Seta cream & black trim vintage skirt suit

Cream wool with black trim Il Baco da Seta two piece suit

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