Something that hasn’t really come back around, in recent memory, is the skirt suit as eveningwear. I think this comes down to a desire to put as much individuality and creativity in our outfits as possible. To don a simple dress or a matching suit doesn’t display the same kind of flair as to don an assortment of mis-matching pieces and manage to bring them together in a stylish and unique way. Part the influence of the street style phenomenon, and driven by the internet in general, the desire to pick-and-mix our outfits – high end mixed with low end, vintage mixed with new, casual mixed with formal – is a relatively new and certainly an ongoing one. Does that preclude the skirt suit from making a comeback? Not really – what goes around, comes around, after all.
These vintage photographs are part of a series by Gordon Parks.
Images copyright LIFE.