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New look reload: The hourglass silhouette lets us celebrate our femininity! The calf-length circle skirt of 1958 is right back in the forefront of fashion. Cascading out from the waistband, delicate darts help to shape and direct the fabric volume that makes this look especially remarkable. The cotton jacquard with a palm tree print lends the vintage style an extra dose of modern flair.


1 Anita Ekberg also liked to wear circle skirts. Rome, apx. 1955
2 Here is a look at the original skirt from “burda moden” 7/1958
3 Brigitte Bardot and Dario More-no in “Come dance with me”
4 Cover of “burda moden” 7/1958

In 1947, Christian Dior established the “New Look” that awakened the feminine silhouette anew. Wide swinging skirts and narrow waistlines were evident in nearly every fashion hit of the 1950s. Audrey Hepburn confirmed the charm with her award-winning performance in 1953 for “Roman Holiday” when she wore her calf-length bell skirt. In 1959, Brigitte Bardot turned heads in “Come dance with me!” wearing the wasp waistline and petticoat look. It goes without saying, that “burda” readers, too, were fond of the bell-shaped skirt craze. The “moss green summer skirt with coordinating belt” from “burda moden” of 7/1958, celebrates its 60th birthday this month.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in “Roman Holiday”

As we continue to appreciate the many ways to celebrate our feminine shape – and the hourglass silhouette still holds exceptional charm – we have brought back the flared midi skirt with fresh details. The cut itself is quite nearly the same. Rather than choosing to sew it in a satin, we freshen it with a modern choice of a fun cotton jacquard with a summery palm tree print.

Back View and Technical

The updated styling for today includes a simple blouse or T-shirt. Rather than white gloves and a matching colour belt, we relax the outfit with bright summer accessories. Style tip: To keep the stretched look for the style, as the midi skirt hits at the calf, high heels are a must. The best choices include a pair of pumps or some wedges.

Here are even more styling options:

Fancy Styling

Prints on prints! We love pairing different prints together and the adorable lemon print of this cold shoulder top is perfection. This look is great for a brunch party or tea with friends, especially when paired with the hottest strapy heels of the season!

Summer Styling

If the summer heat is really getting to you, this circle skirt pairs wonderfully with a flouncy tank like this one. Finish off the summer daytime look with a comfy-but-cute pair of embroidered sandals.

Casual Styling

We love keeping to casual – especially with unexpected pieces like this retro skirt. Wear with a knit top like our knotted shirt and your favorite pair of sneakers!

How would you style this retro skirt?


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