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Vintage Suits

The earliest women's suits were riding habits which appeared from the 1660s, worn both for horseback riding, travel and the everyday. Much later in the 19th century, skirt suits started to appear on a broader scale, and in the first half of the 20th century, the skirted suit became a top fashion for women in the city, in the form of dressmaker suits and the more formal cocktail suits. The trouser suit was first introduced around 1910 with cross dressing style icons like Vesta Tilley and Hetty King – and popularised in the 1960s through Yves Saint Laurent’s pioneering androgynous suit Le Smoking. The working woman’s skirted suit uniform (or “power suit”) a la Melanie Griffith in Working Girl evolved in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, women wear suits not just in the office or the odd formal occasion, but make full use of the versatility and sartorial-lifting credentials of the co-ord.

As for most womenswear, the women’s suit comes in a vaster array of colours, patterns, silhouettes and materials than the men’s suit. The most common material for men’s ensemble, wool, is also found in the womenswear equivalent, be they two- or three-piece, single- or double-breasted. For women, however, the choice extends beyond the men’s-nodding trouser suit in classic black, stripes or herringbone to skirt suits and dress suits in all sorts of exquisite fabrics and eccentric patterns – allowing for stress-free, sartorially savvy looks for any occasion.

OfV says: Whether you’re a hyper-feminine Jackie O or a dapper Dietrich, invest in a carefully curated selection of vintage women’s suits that mirror your style and purpose. Open for Vintage hosts designs from some of the most prominent women’s suitmakers in fashion history including Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent with their classic black, nude and pinstripe numbers; alongside decade-defining designers like Biba and rare vintage statement gems in bold prints. Elevate a classic black vintage women’s suit with a pair of luxurious patent brogues or team a bolder patterned vintage women’s suit with barely-there stilettos. Summer suiting it? Make one of Chanel’s immortal contrast collar nautical vintage skirt suits your vintage wedding suit, or give your office line-up a seasonal update with a vintage trouser suit with cropped bottoms.

At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.

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Vintage 1940s Western Embroidered Brown Blue Shirt and Trouser Suit

Vintage 1940s Western-inspired trouser suit in brown wool gabardine and blue with embroidered detailing.

Chanel Runway S/S 1994 Boucle Wool Hot Pink vintage Suit

Vintage Chanel Runway Hot Pink Boucle Wool Suit

Oscar de la Renta 1980s Floral Print Purple Vintage Lounge Set

Oscar de la Renta for Swirl lounge suit with large floral lounge suit with side legged trousers and straight necked blouse

I. Magnin and Co. 1960s Double Breasted Check Red Vintage Skirt Suit

1960's skirt suit by I. Magnin & Co. with a box pleated flared skirt and double breasted jacket

Givenchy 1960s Plaid Rayon Silk Pink Vintage Dress Suit

Vintage 1960s Givenchy dress suit in pink plaid patterned rayon silk comprising of a dress and a jacket.

Chanel 1990s Wool Velvet Collar & Cuffs black vintage skirt suit

Chanel 1990s Wool Velvet Collar & Cuffs black vintage skirt suit

Prada melange patterned monochrome vintage skirt suit

Prada melange patterned monochrome vintage skirt suit

Loius Feraud 1980s StripeD BROWN VINTAGE Skirt Suit

A 1980s vintage skirt suit by Louis Feraud

Vintage 1930s Asian Embroidered blue Jacket & Pants Suit

A 1930s vintage asian embroidered silk jacket & pants suit

Adolfo 1960s plaid Red & Blue vintage Skirt Suit

A 1960s /1970s vintage skirt suit by Adolfo

St John 1970s Sweater Knit purple vintage Skirt Suit

A 1970s vintage sweater skirt suit by St John

Albert Nippon 1980s Velvet red vintage Skirt Suit

A 1980s vintage skirt suit by Albert Nippon

Elinor Gay 1960s Boho Burnt Orange vintage Dress & trouser Set

A 1960s vintage bohemian style dress / top with matching pants by Elinor Gay

Oscar De La Renta 1960s multicolour patchwork Vintage Ballgown Skirt & Vest

A late 1960s vintage ballgown skirt & vest set by designer Oscar De La Renta

Givenchy 1970s Gold Button Navy Blue Vintage Short Legged Jumpsuit Suit

Givenchy Couture suit with a short jacket and short legged jumpsuit

Lanvin 1970s Toile de Joie Red Vintage Skirt Suit

Lanvin numbered skirt suit with Chinese toile de joie print top and scarf and red wrap skirt

Balmain 1960s Diagonal Check Orange Vintage Dress Suit

Balmain dress and jacket ensemble in orange and ivory check with a sleeveless dress and jacket with detachable bow

Juliet Dunn 1980s Silky Check White Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage 1980s Juliet Dunn white silky mandarin collar shirt and palazzo pant suit.

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.

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.

Thierry Mugler 1980s Electric Blue Vintage Skirt Suit

Thierry Mugler 1980's 'Power Suit' with a collarless neckline and rounded lapels.

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.

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s Lace Edge Black Linen Vintage Skirt Suit

Vintage 1990s YSL white linen skirt suit with a tuxedo style short jacket and black lace edged short skirt.

Louis Feraud for Rembrandt 1960s Pleat & Swirl Pink Vintage Dress Suit

Louis Feraud for Rembrandt hot pink dress suit with pleats and swirl stitch detail.

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