I love Maxi-skirts. They seem so romantic to me. I love pairing them with lace to give them a vintage/romantic look. Since I love history, I have decided to dedicate this post to the history of Maxi skirts and how they have changed over time.
The History of Maxi Skirts:
At the beginning of the 20th Century, long skirts were revolutionised. They were more true to a woman’s natural shape and form. The hobble skirt was introduced by Paul Poiret. However, the hobble skirt was so tight and long that women could only take tiny steps. This soon evolved into the trotteur (aka walking skirt) which was a straight skirt that was slightly off the ground and easier to move in.
The trotteur was the start of an evolution of sorts which moved towards women’s trousers in the 30s and 40s. Palazzo pants have always reminded me of maxi skirts. They were very popular in the 1940s.
Everyone knows that in the 20s the skirts were shorter and hemlines stayed between the knees and ankles until the 60s when mini skirts were popular.
In the late 60s, skirts started to move towards the ground again. Hippies preferred the maxi skirts as they were light, flowy and many came in prints.
Yves Saint Laurent produced some floor length maxis in the 70s:
Maxi skirts went out in the 80s, when there was a focus on ‘power dressing’. More structured suits, jackets and trousers. Lots of shoulder pads too.
Skirt lengths have been up and down since then and I think maxi skirts are always a popular choice these days.