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Skirts in classic retro and vintage style

I Mondo Kaos we are very happy with skirts in all shades, because the different models do something special to the silhouette. And most can be used both for everyday life and for more festive occasions, depending on which blouse or shirt you style the skirt with.

Retro and vintage skirts in 1940s style

In the early 1940s, fashion was influenced by the war, and skirts were simple, high-waisted and predominantly cut in knee-length A-line cuts, because it was convenient to move in and because it saved on material (as opposed to floor-length skirts of the 30s and dresses). They often had no pockets and were closed with buttons or zippers. However, the various restrictions of the war also created creativity, and therefore several new types of skirts were seen in the early 1940s, i.a. skirts with peplum skirt and sarong effect that managed to create shape and fullness with a minimal consumption of material. After the war, the skirt evolved in two different directions, becoming the two dominant types of skirts in the 1950s: the swing skirt and the pencil skirt.

Retro and vintage skirts in 1950s style

In 1947 and 1948, Dior created two cuts that became dominant in 50s fashion: the full swing cut from the 'New Look' collection Corolle and the narrow, body-hugging pencil skirt from the Ailee collection.
The swing skirt was a high-waisted, round-cut skirt with a very full skirt, which for evening use was made even more voluminous by means of a crinoline or a petticoat. This made the woman get a stunning silhouette with a very defined waist, the famous hourglass silhouette. Due to the full skirt, the swing skirts were also used to dance in, especially for Jive, Jitterbug and Rock'n'Roll, where there was a really high tempo and the opportunity to get a kick in the skirt!
The pencil skirt was high-waisted and sat from hip to knee in a straight line without excess fabric, creating a stunning silhouette that framed the entire lower body in the most beautiful way. Often the pencil models had a small slit at the back so that it was possible to move in them, but some models were made without slit and these became known as 'wiggle' models because it required her woman to move her legs elegantly in a saw tight outfit! The pencil cut is close-fitting and revealing, and in the 1950s they were specifically designed for adult women - teenagers were simply discouraged from wearing pencil skirts because they were 'too sexy'! However, this did not deter the young people from wearing the tight-fitting skirt, and today the pencil skirt is one of the most popular cuts because it can be both formal and sexy, depending on how you wear it.

Retro skirts in classic 1960s style

In the 1960s, the A-line cut came back, however, in a completely different version that later became iconic: the mini-skirt or 'the mini skirt', which was characterized by the fact that there must not be less than 10 cm. between the knees and the seam line, which meant that there was full focus on highlighting the legs! The fashion of the 60s was also affected by war (the Vietnam War), for the horrors of war made the common people want to return to their childhood and youth, to innocence and peace. The playful, innocent expression came i.a. another expressed in London, where the young English women began to shorten their skirts and dresses so that they resembled school uniforms, and in addition they showed off their legs with brightly colored tights. The English designer Mary Quant noticed this new trend in the British street scene and it inspired her to make a collection with both the small skirts and colorful tights, and both designs have become iconic! The mini skirt gives a playful, youthful and innocent look that is perfect for dancing Go! Bark! in, whether you're into the innocent Mod Girl look à la Twiggy or the more raw Beatnik look à la Edie Sedgwick! 

Our selection of feminine retro and vintage skirts

I Mondo Kaos we have a solid selection of different skirts in classic retro and vintage style. We have A-line skirts from Very Cherry, Emmy Design & Heart Of Haute, classic pencil skirts from The House Of Foxy & Daisy Dapper, swing skirts from Miss Candyfloss, sexy wiggle skirts from Retro Revival and not least the iconic mini skirtfrom Green fashion!
We have skirts in assortment all year round, in the summer we have skirts in light, breathable materials such as cotton, viscose and rayon and in the winter we have skirts in heavier materials such as velor, wool and velvet that keep you warm while the skin can breathe. Whether you are looking for a feminine skirt in a specific cut or from a specific decade, you can find it with us!

Styling your skirt in retro style

The great thing about skirts is that they can be styled in a myriad of ways, with many different tops, shoes and accessories, so you can create really many different looks with the same skirt.
An A-line skirt in 1940s style fits well with a shirt or blouse and a blazer with a lapel collar, and gives a formal look that can be used for everyday and work. If you want to create a classic early 1940s look, you can for example wear the skirt with a shirt blouse with shoulder pads and 'pussy bow' tie bow, a blazer, nylon stockings with seams from What Katie Did and a pair of lace-up boots from Nordic Shoepeople. Complete your wartime pinup look with set hair and a makeup in dark shades.

See all our retro skirts in our store in Copenhagen

You can look here at our webshop and see what we offer of feminine skirts and other feminine clothes, but if you have the opportunity to stop by our store in Copenhagen, we would recommend that you do so, so that you can see our full range of amazing skirts. 
We will be happy to welcome you and give you guidance and tips for your very personal look.

Do you have any questions regarding our skirts?

With Mondo Kaos our first priority is always happy customers. If you have any questions, whatsoever, about our range of skirts or other clothing, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us all weekdays on 60 95 11 36 between 10:00 and 18:00 - however, on busy days it may be difficult for us to answer the phone, as we are usually busy taking care of the customers who visit us in the store. Therefore, it would be advantageous to write your question to, where we endeavor to respond within one working day.