As we all know, fashion regularly runs full circle, and the full skirt is no exception! Here’s our lovely Gina’s take on the full skirt and how to wear it!
One of the 2014 trends us vintage ladies are going to love is the full skirt. Taking a big leaf out of the 1950s fashion book, 50s full skirts are back and whether you’re going midi, mini or maxi – the more fabric the better. Fitting high on the smallest part of your waist, this is a curvy girls dream, hiding a multitude of sins. The fit – n – flare of the midi skirt accentuates your best bit and looks ultra feminine with a dramatic and flattering silhouette. We saw this shape on the most glamorous 50s girls such as Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall and modern day pinup Dita Von Teese, so we are thrilled to see that it’s back with a vengeance.
The catwalks at Dior, Peter Piletto and Mary Katrantzou were all awash with stunning prints and shapes, but the full skirt was a common theme throughout fashion week. Even Ellie Saab went to town on this shape with the most beautiful floral creation as part of her Haute Couture show.
But (of course) we don’t expect you to nip to the shops in a couture gown – so how do we make this trend wearable? Due to the flounce of the skirt, you must keep your top half simple and sleek. Well fitted blouses, shirts or thin jumpers. If you’re skirt of choice is floral, opt for a plain top, if you’re sticking to a black skirt, stick to a monochrome colour scheme. Don’t overcomplicate the look, after all.. the volume of the skirt is the focus. The high street are already stocking up on S/S14 trends so now is the time to go shopping.
Sadly a 50s staple, original vintage circle skirt can be a problem for us modern day girls. The ladies of the time were still recovering from their post war rationing bodies and sizes are often incredibly small. So don’t be put off by going to vintage repro stores or seeking out 70s/80s repros too! However, we did a little bit of research for you to see what we could find…
We just love Beyond Retro’s choice of fab skirts so do be sure to check them out for your summer wardrobe staples! Why not finish off your elegant ladylike look with a pair of mid heeled court shoes, a box bag and of course, a voluminous petticoat! Voila! A vintage inspired, on trend look ready for the year ahead.
We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x
(and of course Gina)