1940s-1950s Skirt Suit

by Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A vintage skirt suit from the 1940s or 1950s is one of the key pieces in the wardrobe of any vintage aficionado and is a perfect acquisition choice for those just starting their adventure in building that dream vintage wardrobe. 

1940s fashion was all about the hourglass silhouette; broad shoulders, small waist and full hips, creating a very feminine and sexy, without being vulgar, look. The two-piece suit known as a Victory or Utility suit was born of this tumultuous decade, a now-forgotten casualty of war when raw materials were scarce and clothing factories were turned over to military purposes. It was incredibly popular; a simple design that utilised available fabrics and so was limited to cotton, wool, linen and some synthetics. You can read more about the clothing restrictions here.

The very flattering A-line skirt suit of this era, allowed women to mix and match skirts, jackets and blouses the way they wanted to; I often mix original vintage skirts with tops and blouses from modern designers, always favouring Wheels & Dollbaby along with Vivienne Westwood. This is precisely the reason why the skirt suit is my top-most contender when searching for vintage clothes. 

An even more feminine look, was brought to the world in 1947 by Christian Dior, who started the trend of using luxurious fabrics, in the vast amounts needed to make a full skirt hang just below the calves, mixing it with fitted jackets, thus making the waist appear to be extremely thin and, albeit with the help of a girdle, in all creating what is known as ‘The New Look’. It’s not the full skirt that I want to focus on here but rather the pencil skirt, which I’m incredibly fond of because it’s very comfortable, can be worn to every occasion, is easily dressed up or down with the help of right accessories and again is incredibly sensual, yet elegant. My favourite brand of the 1940s and 1950s that created the most mind-blowing skirt suits is Lilli Ann which, to those already passionate about vintage needs no introduction, for newbies I recommend an article written on the subject matter by the fabulous Jessica Parker of No Accounting For Taste!

The real beauty of 1940s and 1950s skirt suits is that, regardless of the season or current trends, which are of no importance to me but are still relevant to those who are in the process of finding their ‘look’, help to create a very sophisticated, sexy or reserved look, depending on what your aim is and they look great on everyone no matter what height or body shape you are!

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My dream Lilli Ann skirt suits.

1940s-1950s skirt suit- The Look

In the pictures taken by Gregory Michael King I’m wearing:

late 1940s, early 1950s grey suit from Savvy Spinter Vintage.

1930s brooch

1950s dark blue/navy bag

Wittchen brogues

Knee- high socks from Sock Shop UK

Make-Up:

Red YSL lipstick

YSL eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown natural brow shaper & hair touch up in auburn

1940s-1950s skirt suit

I’m a proud owner of this beautiful late 1940s, early 1950s grey skirt suit purchased from Melissa’s Etsy shop; Savvy Vintage Spinster. I pared it with a dark blue 1950s bag and Wittchen brogues. Photography: Gregory Michael King

1940s-1950s skirt suit

1940s-1950s skirt suit

1940s-1950s skirt suit

Wittchen shoes

Blue and white brogues by Wittchen.

1940s-1950s skirt suit

1940s-1950s skirt suit

You can find amazing 1940s-1950s  skirt suits from shops on Etsy listed here but word of advise, if you see something you like and it’s in your size don’t spend to much time thinking “should I or should I not click the add to basket button” because I can tell you from experience, that beautiful vintage suits sell really fast!

Here are few examples of what is still available to purchase or at least that was the case when I was writing this article!

1950s skirt suit

Beautiful 1950s skirt suit with four pockets and shoulder pads. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s not in my size you would not have the chance of buying it now. It’s worth mentioning that the suit is currently on sale! Click on the image to be directed to the shop.

 

1950s skirt suit

Lovely 1950s checkered skirt suit, which you can purchase from Canary Club Vintage shop by clicking on the image!

 

1950s skirt suit

Breathtaking 1940s beaded mauve jacket and skirt by Kline’s Amarillo, medium size. Click the image to be directed to the RagnBone806 vintage  shop!

 

1940s skirt suit

Beyond beautiful, purple 1940s skirt suit with silver studs on the skirt and jacket. It’s very Old Hollywood Glamour and whoever buys it will be one lucky lady! Click on the image to be directed to the Wear It Again Vintage shop!

 

 

1940s skirt suit

Gorgeous 1940s suit in black wool and build up neck-hugging collar. Click on the image to be directed to Vera Mode Vintage shop!

 

8 Responses
  • Karen
    March 2, 2017

    What an absolutely gorgeous suit – I adore the shape! Kx

  • Victoria
    March 1, 2017

    Love your suit and salivating over that purple one!

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      March 1, 2017

      Thank you Victoria! Yes, the purple suit is amazing and I don’t think it will be long until some very lucky lady clicks that “add to basket” button. 🙂

  • Rose
    March 1, 2017

    Love the article! Very helpful to all the vintage “newbies” like myself.

    Rose

  • Laura
    March 1, 2017

    Very well written article and beautiful styling! Love your suit and I’m definitely going to check all the shops you’ve recommended.

    Laura

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