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Onesize vs. made to measure

Everything has its advantages and disadvantages and taste is always in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, let us be clear: only those who feel comfortable in one of their clothes will look good in it!

Our custom-made circle skirts correspond to the cut of a classic circle skirt, as it was worn in the 50's. They are also very similar to the version with the Flexifix system, which fits every woman from clothing size S (36) to XL (48+). Only the waistband has a different design. In the onesize version it is slightly wider and made of a different material than the skirt. Waistband fabrics like today did not exist in the 50s. But especially with plain skirts, the difference between skirt and waistband is hardly noticeable.

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The circle skirt: read more

Hardly any other garment is so closely associated with rockabilly as the wide swinging fabric panels. Especially the swinging shape of the circle skirt makes it very popular with rock'n'roll, square dance and boogie dancers. So girls - 'Rock' around the clock ;-).

The female figure and the circle skirt

The circle skirt is a very feminine garment. It accentuates the waist and also puts something on. However, the flowing fabric and the soft drape are ideal for concealing small pads on hips and thighs. Women with a small bottom are also well advised to wear a circle skirt, because it conjures up wonderful curves and makes for a great silhouette.


The circle skirt as a fashion classic of the 1950s and 1940s

The circle skirt owes its name to its shape. Spread out on the floor, it gives a circular shape. Even if the wearer turns quickly, the skirt stands off the body like a round platform. The circle skirt is considered a fashion classic of the 1940s and 1950s. While the skirt can quickly reach a circumference of 4 meters and more at the bottom of the hem, it is tightly cut at the top and is worn at the waist. The classic length is called midi, so the skirt ends between knee and calf.


Created by Christian Dior - worn by Grace Kelly and Co

Floor-length circle skirts already existed around 1890. In the post-war years, however, the focus was more on clothes that were less wasteful of fabric. The circle skirt was married by the fashion designer Christian Dior, who dedicated an entire collection to this garment in 1947, thus revolutionizing the fashion world. Soon Audrey Hepburn (in "A Heart and a Crown"), Grace Kelly or Sophia Loren also appeared in the circle skirt.


Circle skirt classic: Polka Dots

The later emerging miniskirt replaced the circle skirt. In the 1980s we experienced a new wave of rockabilly, which brought the circle skirt back into focus in the midi version but also as a miniskirt with wide belts. Mostly from this time, by the way, comes the famous polka dot pattern, which many people associate with a circle skirt and classic vintage fashion.


Circle skirt and und Petticoat

In everyday life petticoats were worn rather less often, because they were not only expensive, but also very stiff and impractical with their solid tulle fabrics or even metal ripening. For the tea dance, on the other hand, it was allowed to be one layer more. Today's petticoats are comfortable to wear, but a circle skirt can also be worn without a petticoat. The skirt keeps its swinging shape even without further tulle layers.


Discussion: with or without Petticoat

May or should one see the petticoat? Well, if you look at it from the "true vintage" side, the clear and decisive answer is: No! Because the petticoat was considered to be underwear and to display it publicly was considered indecent. Ideally the petticoat should end a few centimetres below the top skirt. But the petticoat must not be too short either. Otherwise it can happen that the fabric of the circle skirt breaks under the petticoat and an unattractive edge is created. As already mentioned, the rockabilly style was taken up and reinterpreted in the fashion world of the 1980s. Madonna, for example, wore short circle skirts made solely of tulle. This made the actual petticoat the main piece of clothing.

The fashion industry has long since discovered petticoats as a visible accessory and so there are petticoats with coloured or elaborately contrasting lace, which are made to be shown off. And so the sight of petticoats sticking out of a circle skirt like a cloud has long been part of the vintage scene. Fashion never stands still, continues to develop and reinvents itself

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