Vintage: All Hail The High Slit! Let Your Legs Do The Talking

March 9, 2015 • Magazine, Vintage

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The first hints of spring are upon us and we’re fresh off the heels of Fashion Weeks around the world! So let’s celebrate this month by showing a bit of skin (but not too much!) by highlighting the high slit. This trend is becoming popular again and was all over the runways during the Fall/Winter ’15 RTW Collections and the red carpets this awards season. This is definitely a daring look and not for the faint of fashion heart, but can be successfully achieved with the right accessories, proportions and fit.

The high slit first became popular in fashion in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when we saw the breezy styles of the hippies and the flower children start to take hold. Long flowing maxi skirts and palazzo pants were in the mainstream and the slits started to get higher in the 1970s, when the pomp and circumstance of the wild and free Studio 54 disco crowd had some major pull in the fashion world. In doing a bit of research on who was the first designer to put a high slit on a dress or skirt, I could not find just one. However, some of the key players of the time included Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston, Missoni and Emilio Pucci who all mastered the art of the sexy slit in it their iconic designs. High slits regained some popularity in the 1990s, accompanying the grunge look quite nicely, but somehow not mimicking the sexy appeal of the 1970s versions. Now we are starting to see it back on the racks, runways and red carpets reminiscent of the slits of the seventies: sexy, flowing, feminine and high!

This look can be tricky to pull off. For a casual style you’ll want to go with a very flowy skirt and then pair it with pieces like a simple tee with a denim jacket and flat sandals. The key is to keep it from looking too vampy by sticking with a skirt that fits a little looser or has a bright and fun printed fabric. If you go too serious for an everyday style you can come across looking red carpet, which may be a little too dramatic for your day job! But by all means keep it sexy (a la’ Angelina Jolie) for your upcoming black tie event. Try this look in different ways at home to figure out what works for you and your body type and what you’re comfortable with. Just don’t be afraid to try it! Fashion is all about fun, so let your legs come out to play!

1. Angelica Houston (on the left) during the disco 70s

2. Vintage 70’s/80’s GIVENCHY Logo Wrap Skirt with Sexy Slit, $304.95

3. Silver Metallic skirt/ 70’s Vintage Sparkly High Waist Skirt/ High Slit Maxi Skirt, $46

4. J. Mendel Long Skirt with High Slit, Noir, $1,990

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Lakheri Leaf’ Slit Maxi Skirt, $130

6. Ellen Tracy Vintage 70’s Black Velvet High Waist Maxi Skirt Button Up, $50

7. Just Cavalli Spring 2015 RTW

– Carmen Turner

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