Vintage Dresses

Vintage Dresses For All Occasions

Vintage Dresses Through The Years

Whether you scour thrift stores and vintage boutiques for original items, or prefer the clean crisp feel of reproductions, there is something immensely satisfying about wearing a vintage dress. Here is a quick guide to some characteristic styles of the twentieth century.

1920s

Women of the roaring twenties desired straight up and down boyish figures, and dresses of the period were designed to hide curves rather than flaunt them. That does not mean that 1920s styles are unfeminine, however. Pastel colours, feathers, fringes and trims all serve to soften the ruler-straight lines. To find a genuine vintage dress from this far back you will need either a lot of money or a lot of luck, but there are some wonderful reproductions around, as well as modern styles drawing on the ‘flapper’ look.

Clothin Women’s 1920s Vintage Style V-Neck Beaded Sequin Fringe Gatsby Flapper Dress (S,Black-Q7)
  • Pls read the size chart of clothes size(the second picture),do NOT choose acoording to your usual size.Pls compare to your dress size.
  • Deep V neck on both the front and the back,Side Zipper Closure.
  • Back has the same embellished with sequin as the front,two layers fringe hem.
  • Material:100% polyester.Hand Wash Cold/Hang Dry
  • Great roaring 20s dress, good to wear on any occasion like 20s flapper party, gatsby party, evening party, engagement, wedding, dancing, social event, birthday, fancy parties and prom party.

1930s

As well as a return to more form-fitting shapes and lower hemlines, the 1930s also saw the birth of manmade fabrics like nylon, viscose and rayon, plus the zipper. Shoulders were padded and broadened, and flowing butterfly sleeves also accentuated the upper body.

HOMEYEE Women's Elegant V-Neck Big Button Hem Split Slim Bodycon Casual Vintage Dress B335 (UK 8 = Size S, Black)
  • Style: Elegant Formal Party Business Casual Bodycon
  • Vintage Chic 1950s Rockabilly Retro Ceremony Wear to Work Dress
  • Features: Sleeve & Knee-Length & V-neck
  • Occasions: Suitable for many occasions like wedding, party, prom, banquet, cocktail ,business and so on
  • Please check our size information in the below product description or the size photo in the left of our item photo before you decide to buy it!(Note:The Generic Amazon Size Chart is not our size)

1940s

In Europe, wartime austerity and clothes rationing meant that minimising the amount of fabric used was a major concern and ‘make do and mend’ was the watchword. That didn’t mean that women stopped caring about fashion, of course. The shirt dress is a classic 1940s design: practical, comfortable, and stylish. For dressier occasions, the peplum is another characteristic feature of vintage dresses from the 1940s: and bang on trend for the early and mid-2010s as well!

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Wellwits Women's Split Neck Floral Button 1940s Day Vintage Tea Dress Blue L
  • NOT STANDARD SIZING,please check our chart image left for correct size
  • If you would like to make it a full skirt look, you need a petticoat to make it full
  • Sexy split v neck;button down
  • High waist,pleated detail
  • Hand wash;wash separately

1950s

The 1950s saw the rise of rockabilly music, and with it, rockabilly fashion. From show-stopping circle dresses, filled out with layered net petticoats; to sexy wiggle dresses that accentuate every curve, it’s no wonder that the 1950s are a favourite with fans of vintage clothing.

1950S Audrey Retro Vintage Dresses for Women Polka Dot Cocktail Cap Sleeve, Navy-black, 2XL (16 UK)
  • Soft, durable and comfortable cotton fabric
  • Concealed zipper closure at back
  • A Line Silhouette, Square Neckline, Pleated Swing, Classic retro polka dot pattern with button accents
  • This audrey hepburn style vintage dress is available wearing for all seasons, spring, summer, autumn and spring. Everyone needs the one piece elegant dress for her wardrobe
  • The fit & flare Swing Retro dress is perfect wearing as Sundress, Wedding Party Guest Dress, Church Dress, Evening Cocktail Dress, Club Ball Gown, Prom Dress and Formal dress for all occasions.

1960s

The decade of peace and love was a decade of soaring hemlines, blocks of vibrant colour and geometric patterns. More on the 1960s here.

Vintage 60s 70s Hippy Flower Dress Costume Ivana Gogo Cosplay Party Dress Up - as described, M
  • Material: Polyester Fabric
  • Women's retro 1960s, 1970s flower power Hippie costume, vintage Ivana Go Go costume, 60s disco fancy dress outfit
  • Including a pink floral dress with long flare sleeves and a headband
  • A complete costume set, easily making a groovy dancer look in the night club party, or a peace and love hippy fan among the crowd of music festivals
  • Made from soft and breathable fabric, slightly stretchy, comfortable to wear, so no worry about the quality!

1970s

From the mini, to the maxi; from figure-hugging shift dresses, to comfortable flowing waves of fabric: the 1970s is rather unfairly known as the ‘decade taste forgot’. In fact, there is a lot to be said for the shapes, styles and especially the characteristic print fabrics of the 1970s. Vintage dresses from this period are still widely available, and modern items drawing on the same styles can be found all over the place.

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Joe Browns Women's Something Special Dress, Blue (Navy Multi (Size:14)
  • Vintage floral print
  • Shirred waist to create a more flattering shape
  • Lace panel at the back
  • Button up front
  • Approx Length (cm): 142

1980s

Neon colours, ruffled skirts, puffy sleeves, big shoulder pads. And although harking back to previous eras has been something that’s happened throughout history, some would say that this was the decade where the concept of ‘retro’ really took off, perhaps because the characteristic styles of the decade left something to be desired!

Emmas Wardrobe 1980s Fancy Dress Costume for Women Ladies 80's Icon Womens Outfit 8 10 12 14 (Women: 12, Popstar)
  • FUN RETRO CHIC: Break out your Rubik’s Cube and turn up your Walkman, because we’re heading back to the eighties with our adult pop star costumes for women! Each order includes a black top, black and purple skirt, a headband and orange belt.
  • POP STAR DIVA: Get ready to take the stage because our women’s fancy dress will have you shining like the star you are! Slip on your 80's Diva costume and belt out your favourite songs of the era, or strike a pose and transform into a Material Girl.
  • HIGH QUALITY DESIGN: You’re already a star, isn’t it about time you dressed like one? With durable materials that are as comfortable as they are chic, our 1980s costumes are a must-have! Available in UK sizes 8, 10, 12 and 14, they’ll fit as if they were custom-made.
  • FASHIONABLE VERSATILITY: From hen parties to retro events, our ladies fancy dress is a great choice for any night out! Pair it with some vintage jewellery and tease out your hair to turn our 80s Halloween costumes into show stopping performances everyone is sure to love.
  • SHOP RISK FREE: We love the fun, playful style of the 1980's and we can’t wait for you to try it out for yourself! Our 80's costumes for women come with our risk free guarantee. If you’re not totally satisfied, unopened orders can be returned within 30 days of purchase.

Vintage Evening Dresses

There is that date in your diary and it’s looming. Whether it’s a swanky dinner, work party or wedding, you need a killer dress. You want to look and feel your absolute darnedest. But where to start? A vintage evening dress is a sure-fire bet for super-hot glam. When it comes to glad rags, nothing quite tops retro.

Vintage style includes fashion spanning many decades, styles, cuts and trends. So, there’s an abundance of vintage evening dresses to choose from. So much so, it can be a puzzle where to start. But rest assured, there is your perfect dress out there, wherever your evening takes you. Here’s some ideas.

Channel that decadent decade of dropped waists and make The Great Gatsby the theme of your evening. Twenties fashion is very much in. Flapper dresses in pastel shades, particularly pink, peach and oyster grey, are vogue right now. The look is pretty and boyish, with peals, lace and beading detail to make you sparkle while you mingle. Twenties is the perfect style for capturing a laid back but glitzy evening look. Also, keep an eye out for Art Deco designs and fun fringing; they’re hot for 2012.

For the epitome of fitted feminine, tap into fifties vintage. Evoke that sunny, kitsch, girly vibe with A-line prom designs, perfect for flaunting curves, or empire lines for baby doll cute. Fifties vintage evening dresses might be halter neck or strapless, often brightly coloured and patterned; floral and polka dot giving an instant fifties hit. For ladylike demure, opt for cocktail style fitted dresses, the peplum dress is a this-season must. As are collared designs such as broad and peter pan collars, and bow-fronted designs for that sweet, retro charm. Ribbon details, embroidery and 3D frills are all fifties-fan essentials.

There is no quintessential vintage evening dress. Or rather, there are many! But if you struggle to pick from a decade, how about opting for timeless classic. Strapless dresses are an eveningwear and vintage staples. Opt for the classic LBD or perhaps a metallic shade or bold stripe patterning. Focus on texture, from satin to lace, sheer layered, frilled and tiered fabrics.

What vintage fashion has above other trends is that ability to transport us back to a time gone by. Vintage is laden not just with style but with association, nostalgia, and a delightful, intangible romance. With vintage, you get to dress up as the lady, movie starlet or dancehall darling you were born too late to be. Whatever era you choose, vintage makes for a magical evening.

Vintage Prom Dresses

Women who want to create a big impression when they turn up to a special event should check out the range of vintage prom dresses that are available. It is possible to choose between classic creations that originated in the 1920s and 1930s or sexy figure hugging numbers from the 1950s and 1960s. Create the style of your favourite classic film characters by donning a vintage dress and showing some film star chic.

Every woman knows that when shopping for prom dresses picking out the perfect dress is an extremely important decision. There is a lot to consider, such as whether you should choose a short or long dress. Of course, the colour of the dress is also important as well as the style. Do you dare to bare your shoulders by opting for a strapless or halter style dress, or is it better to stick to tradition and cover up as much as possible?

While you may want to select a dress in your favourite colour, it is important to make sure that it will go with you skin tone and not stick out like a sore thumb. Skin tones are usually characterised by season, namely spring, summer, autumn or winter.

For example, people who have a winter skin tone will look best in colours such as black, dark blue and red, while people who have a summer complexion look great in pastel colours. Of course, you will also need to consider your body shape when searching for the perfect dress. Full figured people look great in full skirted dresses, while people with an hourglass shape may want to show their curves by wearing a figure-hugging dress.

Of course, a vintage prom dress can be worn to a wide range of different types of events, not just a prom. There is a huge selection of styles of vintage prom dress to choose from, ranging from sexy little black cocktail dresses to full skirted dresses that are sure to capture to attention of everyone at your chosen event. These dresses are ideal for occasions such as themed weddings, cocktails parties, formal events, and fancy-dress parties.

Vintage prom dresses come in all shapes and sizes and can be picked up quite cheaply if you know where to look. Most dresses can be altered so that they fit like a glove, and these classic creations have been well preserved so that they look as new as they did on the day that they were originally created. So let your fun loving side shine out by picking out the perfect prom-style dress.

Vintage Wedding Dresses

For many women, a wedding dress is the most important piece of clothing they will ever wear and own. It is the centre piece of the most important day of their lives – the symbol of all their romantic hopes and dreams. They will love in it, marry in it, laugh in it and cry in it. One day they may pass it down to their own daughter on her wedding day. It’s hardly any wonder that women spend so much time, money and effort in the search to find the perfect wedding dress.

More and more women are turning to vintage wedding dresses to provide the ultimate in glamour for their big day. It’s not difficult to see why: vintage wedding dresses epitomise a kind of effortless, cinematic glamour that is little more than a fantasy to the average 21st century woman, as she negotiates the stresses and strains of modern day living.

A vintage wedding dress provides a moment of true escapism, a chance to slip into something that represents another time – one encapsulated by black and white photographs and soft focus glimpses into a bygone era of mystery, romance and classic glamour. It’s every woman’s chance to feel like Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe or Lauren Bacall – at least for one day.

Vintage Dresses - Lauren Bacall
Photo of Lauren Bacall, 1945 for Swedish press
By Unknown author – eBayPhoto frontPhoto back (showing Swedish press information and date), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75285599

One of the best things about second hand vintage wedding dresses is that even the priciest numbers tend to be kinder to the bridal budget than couture. Many vintage boutiques have a dedicated wedding section, but there are also good bargains to be had online and in the classified sections of newspapers. Most women, even those who don’t have a tendency to hoard, keep their wedding dresses. Ask around the members of your family – you never know what treasures are lurking in the trunk at the back of the attic.

There is also a range of eras and styles from which to choose. Antique lace is a popular choice for brides looking for a dress that makes a statement and offers understated but unforgettable glamour. A 1920s dress – typically slinky silk, dropped waist and beaded detail – is perfect for an art deco themed wedding party, while a delicate 1940s-style lace wedding dress injects effortless chic into proceedings. Mix and match your needs between high or low necks, silk or satin, long or short sleeves, and create a look that is smart, sexy, timeless and – most importantly – individual.

Whether it’s an original vintage wedding dress, or a vintage inspired design, vintage is one of the hottest bridal trends of recent years.

Wanshaqin Women’s Vintage Long Floral Lace Sleeveless Bridal Gown Wedding Dress Open Back Ivory
  • Floral Lace and elegant appliques design.We carefully select high-quality beads fabrics to create every dress,just want to make you be the most beautiful star
  • Great for wedding dress,bridal gown, church wedding dress, garden wedding dress, evening dress, formal wedding dress, prom dress,party dress, beach wedding dress, family wedding or other formal special occasions
  • Every formal dress is 100% handmade.Suggested washing in cold water.The real color of the dress may be slightly different from the pictures because of the brightness of your monitor or light brightness
  • Please refer to our size chart in the pictures and product description.Our sizes are based on the US sizes.Do not refer to "Sizing Chart"
  • Customize size and color is acceptable.If there is no size for you, please contact us before purchasing, we will make the most suitable size for you

Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses

Vintage bridesmaid dresses are big business. With more and more brides forgoing the basic strapless gown for a design that conveys a more romantic and nostalgic vision, it is natural that they will want their bridesmaids to match the look.

Vintage covers a range of modern eras and was traditionally used to describe second-hand clothing. However, the overlap between what is considered vintage and antique is sometimes blurred, and vintage is now often used to refer to new garments in vintage styles.

So which era? Victorian style dresses were elegant, refined and layered, but also somewhat restrictive. Corsets are part of achieving an hourglass look, and crinoline petticoats or bustles worn underneath a dress give a full shape. Laced ankle boots and cameos complete the look. The Late Edwardian 1910’s featured longer corsets, slimmer skirts, higher waistlines and tighter forearm sleeves. A classic element of this time was the bretelle, a band rising from the waist to the shoulder on each side. These were often heavily laced or otherwise decorated.

In the roaring 1920’s women chose to wear dresses that were more fun, feminine and free and less restrictive than their predecessors. Waistlines dropped and bodices were left relatively unshaped to follow the natural curves of the female body. The 1930’s are famed for their glamour and glitz, with Hollywood proving a rising influence.

However, this was also a time of austerity and long skirts, narrow waists and bias-cut dresses featured. 1940’s dresses were a continuation of more modest times, and a vintage bridesmaid dress of this time is likely to display neutral colours, an understated style and long or short-sleeved sleeves.

Then came the 1950s, and dresses of this decade are all about full, twirly skirts and chiffon, taffeta and tulle lace. Strapless dresses feature in this decade in a way they haven’t before. 1960’s dresses were about chic simplicity, and those of the 1970’s carried romantic and ethereal tones, with soft gauze, embroidery and high waistbands ribboned with silk or lace. The 1980s are now considered vintage, and popular styles of this era featured high necklines, mandarin collars, puffed sleeves and richly decorated bodices.

The bride choosing her vintage bridesmaid dress has a rich variety of styles and eras from which to select the perfect outfits. Vintage bridesmaid dresses are available at specialist bridal shops or online, with both new and individually sourced second-hand gowns available. Vintage dresses are professionally cleaned and restored to their former glory and can be altered to fit just like new dresses.

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BIUBIU Women's 50s Plus Size Vintage Swing Dress Bridesmaid Cocktail White UK 16
  • Bust measures 107cm to 132cm depending on size, whilst Waist measures 88cm to 117cm
  • Women 1950s Inspired Rockabilly Vintage Swing Dress
  • Pleated bodice adds element of surprise in the bust area, slightly off-shoulder cap sleeves, A-line shape skirt
  • Back center zipper, unlined
  • Show your delicate and feminine vibe in the next formal ocassion.Perfect for Evening, Wedding, Cocktail, Wedding, Party, Club and Other Special Ocassion

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