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1970s Mollie Parnis Yellow Striped Crop Top Bralette Maxi Skirt Set


Gaining commercial success in the 1940s, Mollie Parnis was an early American designer who was greatly revered for her chic yet conservative looks as well as one of the earliest American designers to sell her garments under her own label. Crack open a 1970s - era Vogue or Harper’s and you’ll surely see a fashion spread featuring garments by Mollie Parnis.

From that period, this exquisitely tailored crop top, bralette, and maxi skirt set is done in an unlisted fabric that feels like a cotton voile blend. The material is soft, light, and airy, with a bit of crispness to hold its shape. The top and skirt feature a striking print of red, mint, brown, purple, emerald green, light blue and navy stripes on a mustard yellow ground, evoking the retro glam of the seventies.

The crop top begins with a flattering bateau neckline and short dolman sleeves. The high-low hem grazes the rib cage at the front of the bodice for a crisp, modern look, creating a revealing space between the top and the skirt. The back of the bodice features a full length slit at center back that closes with three fabric covered buttons that match the color of the stripe they are set in.

The matching mustard yellow bralette is simple and chic. Two slender straps set at a slight angle secure the bralette from the shoulder while a center gather at the plunging v neckline draws the eye. Finished with darts at the bust and clever ruching along the back closure, this bralette may be worn with or in lieu of the crop top, adding versatility to this ensemble.

Size estimate: Small

Top: Bust: 32 inches

Length: 12.5 inches

Bra top: 32/B


Waist: 26 inches

Hips: Full

Length: 42 inches

The high-waisted skirt comes with an attached belt that may be tied to gather and further accentuate the waist. The skirt falls in pleats to a maxi length at the ankles from small gathers at the hips, bringing a fullness to the otherwise columnar silhouette. The navy stripe at the hem of the skirt frames the ensemble beautifully, adding an unexpected but grounding pop of color.

A chic addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this effortless and light ensemble is the perfect choice for a garden party or special occasion. In excellent condition, this ensemble has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. The top is lined, and the skirt is unlined with side pockets and closes with a concealed back zip. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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