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Women's 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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Bellville 1970s Hippy Luxe Pants & Dress Suit

Bellville Sassoon Vintage Hippie Luxe Satin Palazzo Pants & Dress Suit, 1970s

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Blue Wool Vintage Skirt Suit

YSL Blue Wool Blazer & Skirt Suit with Heart Buttons, 1980s

Thierry Mugler 1990s Black Satin Vintage Skirt Suit

Thierry Mugler Black Satin Jacquard Vintage Two Piece Skirt Suit, 1990s

Rifat Ozbek 1990s Checked Cotton Plaid Vintage Pant Suit

Rifat Ozbek Vintage Women's Checked Cotton Plaid Pant Suit, 1990s

Hermes Printed Silk Coat, Waistcoat and Maxi Skirt Ensemble - 21st Century

Hermes Printed Silk Coat, Waistcoat and Skirt Ensemble.

Chanel Runway White Trouser Suit With Pearl Cabochon Buttons - 2001

Vintage Chanel White Trouser Suit with Pearl Buttons. Size : 38 (Fr) - 10 (UK) / 6 (US)

Oscar De La Renta Pre-Fall 2011 Cashmere Vintage Beige Jacket and Dress Suit Set

Vintage Oscar De La Renta dress suit set from Pre-Fall 2011 comprising of a beige and grey jacket and dress.

Genny Navy Blue vintage Blazer & Pencil Skirt Set

Genny Italian Vintage Navy Blue Suit Blazer & Pencil Skirt suit

Andrea Odicini 1980s Tweed Green Vintage Skirt Suit

Andrea Odicini Italian Vintage Green Tweed Suit Coat & Skirt Set

Dolce & Gabbana Slip and Wrap Dress and Overcoat Black Vintage 3 Piece Set

Vintage Dolce & Gabbana 3 piece set comprising of a brown lace trimmed slip dress, a black wrap dress, and a black buttoned overcoat.

Giorgio Armani Black Label Peach and White Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani Black Label trouser suit comprising of a peach blazer with a matching fringed scarf and a pair of ivory white wide leg trousers.

Giorgio Armani Black Label Grey Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani Black Label trouser suit in grey comprising of a single buttoned blazer and a pair of trousers.

Givenchy 1980s Monochrome Quilted Two Piece

A 1980s Quilted Dress & Boxy Jacket Vintage Set

Celine 1990s Green & Black Silk Pant Suit

A 1990s Celine Pure Silk Two Piece Pant Suit

Frederick Starke 1960s Brocade Evening Dress & Jacket

A 1960s Frederick Starke Gold Lamé Dress Set

Versace Silk Top and Satin Pants Blue Vintage Trouser Set

Vintage Versace trouser set in blue comprising of a silk top and a pair of satin trousers.

Versace AW08 Silk Floral Pattern Multicolour Vintage Coat and Dress Suit Set

Vintage Versace dress suit set from AW08 comprising of a short sleeve dress and a coat in multicoloured floral pattern silk.

Versace 2007 collection Wool turquoise blue vintage Bustier Dress & coat set

Versace Turquoise Wool Bustier Dress & Coat Set Suit 2007 Fall Collection

Versace Wool Medusa button 3 Piece ivory vintage Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit set

Versace Ivory Wool 3 Pieces Set Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit

Prada Embellished Sleeveless Tunic and Pants Pink Vintage Trouser Suit Set

Vintage Prada trouser suit set in light pink comprising of an embellished tunic and a pair of white and pink trousers.

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Green Velvet Evening 3 Piece Set

An incredible and very rare Yves Saint Laurent evening set from the late 1970s, c. Russian Collection era.

Max Mara 1990s Green Wool Skirt Suit

Max Mara jacket and skirt, in pure wool green , jacket with buttons closure with two side pockets

Egon Von Furstenberg 1980s Ivory Lace Embellished Dress Set

Vintage Egon Von Furstenberg dress and jacket wit lace detail

Egon Von Furstenberg 1980s Red Skirt Suit

Vintage 1980s Egon Von Furstenberg suit with a red jacket and skirt made from warm cotton with gold-coloured buttons

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