With a fascinating past as an everyday women’s uniform essential to causing scandal as a fashion piece of controversy, vintage skirts in their various shapes and sizes are key pieces of fashion history, standing strong to date. From Paul Poiret’s movement-facilitating “trotteur” to Mary Quant’s decade-defining rebel the mini, hemlines have risen and fallen as a reflection of the times and rarely failed to stay relevant. Formal or leisured, floor long or just about covering the hips, skirts are style staples for women of all ages.
OfV says: From 1980s Christian Dior Haute Couture peplum maxi skirts with ruffles to office-friendly contemporary Celine pencil skirts in luxurious black leather – at Open for Vintage, we host decade-defining pieces and rare vintage skirts from some of the most prominent designers in modern history. Consider a 1980s Celine knife pleat belted skirt to smarten up your everyday office attire; or a vintage 1950s hand-painted Mexican souvenir skirt to add a retro spin to your vacation wardrobe. A conceptual lace and sheer maxi skirt by Comme Des Garcons lends smart appeal to the boho-nodding maxi skirt; and a statement metallic brocade vintage mini skirt from Miu Miu makes a perfect party piece still suitable for daytime teamed with a casual shirt. Whether you wish to make a head-turning entrance or opt for a discreet monochromatic skirt suit look; flowy fabrics or sculptural shapes, invest in a collection of vintage skirts that embrace both new and classic perspectives on elegance. Uncover enduring trends; retro prints, patterns and silhouettes; and ground-breaking conceptual cuts and volumes in our vintage skirts edit below.
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.