The Vintage Pleated Skirt and 19 Crimes


Hi Everyone, I hope you’re staying warm during this chilly late fall season with winter almost upon us. My post today focuses on the pleated skirt, in particular, the vintage pleated skirt of the 1920’s which ties in nicely with the post I did on The Age of the Flapper. The pleated skirt lasted the duration of that entire decade and remains a timeless wardrobe piece even to this day. My skirt above is an example of the early high-waisted A-Line midi skirt that was popular in that decade. Here is my inspiration piece:
1920s vintage gray skirtAccording to 1920’s Skirt History women wore pleated skirts “around the house, to visit friends, traveling, and running into town in casual, comfortable attire.” They were not considered dressy enough for evening wear and they became part of the “sporty” look movement. The pleated skirt was incorporated into many sport uniforms that included golf, tennis, field hockey and bowling. It was the go to outfit for everyday leisure activities. Notice they all are “sporting” short hair styles, too?

tennis pleated skirt

According to Vintage Dancer, when the economy improved, women started wearing one piece dresses that resembled two separate pieces but was actually a skirt attached to a dress resulting in a skirt and blouse effect.


Here is a black pleated skirt that I recently got at TJ Maxx which goes to show that this skirt is still in vogue and is the perfect piece for this post. However, I personally do not care if something is in style–if I like it, it’s mine and I will put my “mark” on it forever.


Recently my brother shared this delightful Australian wine with me. It’s 19 Crimes Cabernet Saugivnon, 2017. Here is the link to their website https://www.19crimes which lists the so-called 19 crimes. Their wine celebrates the “rules broken and culture built by British rogues” whose punishment was banishment to Australia. It’s very smooth, slightly earthy with a vanilla undertone, and medium bodied. It’s downright, down-under delicious.
Women of the 1920’s greatly enjoyed defying society’s rules and prided themselves in their independent and rebellious attitude. So I am incorporating the 19 Crimes wine in my post to depict their defiant spirit with “spirits.” four-flappers-drinking

clara bow pleated skirt

I love the poem below which sums up the style and attitude of the women of this amazing decade:
“With silken legs and scarlet lips
We’re young and hungry, wild and free,

Our waists are round about the hips
Our skirts are well above the knee
We’ve boyish busts and Eton crops,
We quiver to the saxophone
Come, dance before the music stops
for who can bear to be alone?”
James Laver – The Women of 1926
As you can tell, I love the fashion and history of the 1920’s and I may have another post on this subject soon. Thank you for checking out my blog.


Here’s to 19 Crimes and not counting…
A special thanks to My Photographer




5 thoughts on “The Vintage Pleated Skirt and 19 Crimes

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  1. You look great dressed from that period – it suits you! I really like a pleated skirt – now, though I didn’t always. My mother liked to dress me in pleated skirts when I was young so I guess I rebelled by wearing NO MORE PLEATED SKIRTS, ha.

    I think I’ve seen that 19 Crimes wine around. I’m not much of a wine drinker, though I always enjoy their descriptions, like “flamboyant and oaky with undertones of cherry and vanilla.” Then I taste it and get none of that! I guess I don’t have a very discerning palate 🙂 Oh well, more for everybody else!



    1. Hi Bettye, I actually haven’t worn a pleated skirt in years either and can totally appreciate your rebellion. It wasn’t until I started exploring the 1920’s fashion that I have revisited the pleated skirt–thank you for your comments. I want to do more posts on the 1920’s decade as I think I was meant to live during that time period and it calls to me. Also, I am more of a white wine person and see that 19 Crimes makes Chardonnay, too, so I may include that in my next post. Thanks again!

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