With thousands of different options available, when you want to buy dresses online you may feel a little bit overwhelmed. For this reason, we at Vintage Shape try to filter as best as we can all the different options out there.
We also incorporate some comments, suggestions, and other customers’ opinions so that you know as much as you can about the product.
Our lists don’t follow a particular order and we try to make them as diverse as possible, both in trends and prices.
Be sure to check out our first vintage dresses review and stay tuned for more of these in the future!
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1950S Floral Patchwork Dress
Place to buy: Retro-Stage
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hip) – X-Small: 33.10 x 26.00 x 35.80, Small: 34.60 x 27.60 x 37.40, Medium: 36.20 x 29.10 x 39.00, Large: 37.80 x 30.70 x 40.60, X-Large: 39.80 x 32.70 x 42.50.
Retro Stage is one of the best websites out there for purchasing dresses. Their catalogue is so vast that it’s hard to pick a choice; this vintage floral dress stands out among other similar options. It has a stunning combination of black fabric and a vivid floral pattern. Dark and light alternatives are available for the latter.
It comes in sizes ranging from XS to XL, so it fits almost any body type (keep in mind there may be a slight difference in the measurements above). It reaches knee-level and it’s easy to wash and clean.
The fabric is thick but weightless. The dress also adjusts really well, with the side zipper having much to do with it. Due to the high quality of the dress, it is really surprising how inexpensive it is.
Only minor issues like fitting or getting used to it, are the problems you could face when purchasing it. An overall excellent for a vintage dress.
Wedtrend 1950s Audrey Hepburn Style Swing Dress
Price: $23.99 – $29.99
Place to buy: Amazon
Materials: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Length) – Small: 33.00 x 26.80 x 39.40, Medium: 36.20 x 29.10 x 40.20, Large: 39.00 x 31.50 x 40.90. Sizes range from XS up to 3XL – See chart provided in Amazon for full details.
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress known as one of the top vintage fashion icons. She was so iconic that she served as an inspiration for dresses like this. An Audrey Hepburn dress is a must-have for every lady out there whose into 50s fashion and likes party dresses.
The Wedtrend dress is available in 10 different colours and sizes ranging from XS up to 3XL. Almost guaranteed there are a colour and size according to your needs.
The dress feature a wide knee-level pleated hem, the bust is decorated with 5 white buttons, it has short sleeves, a zipper on the back to secure it, and a very elegant and characteristic peter pan collar.
The fabric is firm and resistant but also feels great. The hem allows for freedom of leg movement and the dress adjusts tightly to the waist. It is easy to wear and very comfortable; just make sure the armpit is not restricted and you can move your arms freely.
This Wedtrend dress just hit Amazon and has great potential. It will surely run out of stock pretty soon, so be sure to check it out!
Downton Abbey Tea Party Gown In Quartz By Nataya
Type: 1920s Flapper
Place to buy: WardrobeShop
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hip) – Small: 35.00 x 31.00 x 38.00, Medium: 38.00 x 34.00 x 41.00, Large: 40.00 x 36.00 x 43.00 + MORE. Check out the size chart provided for more details.
Traditional retro dresses are quite a rare sight nowadays. Luckily, sites like WardrobeShop have incredible designs that will make you feel like a royal princess from previous eras.
This 1920s Flapper Dress is one of the best; its design is very detailed, with features like the beautiful embroidery, the 3/4 sleeves, the scoop neck, the tea length, and the empire waist (which is one of the most flattering waistlines) instantly amaze everyone around you.
But not only that, the dress is available in 12 different colours, each of them slightly different from one another (mainly in embroidery design and contrast) plus each of them comes in 7 different sizes, starting from S and going up to 3X. Almost guaranteed to have one that fits you.
Finally, the dress is highly praised for being true to colour and size, and for how comfortable it is. Still, check out the return policy to keep in mind the rules in case there is an issue with your order.
The Downtown Abbey is an amazing choice for women looking for an elegant, stunning, and traditional looking dress!
Modcloth’s Making An Appearance Tiered Dress
Price: $119.00 ($89.99 on offer)
Place to buy: Modcloth
Materials: 100% Polyester
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hips) – Small: 34.00-35.00 x 26.00-27.00 x 36.50-37.50, Medium: 36.00-37.00 x 28.00-29.00 x 38.50-39.50, Large: 38.50-40.00 x 30.50-32.00 x 41.00-42.50 + MORE
Modcloth is another great website for purchasing dresses. Their dresses are amazing; they take vintage designs and give them a fashionable twist that gives them a fresh and feminine look.
Making An Appearance Tiered Dress is a hidden gem. The combination of a tiered skirt and the veiled top is dazzling and unique, no to mention, elegant too.
Tightly hugging the breasts and the high waist, the dress radiates a fashionable and feminine aura.
The Appearance tiered dress features an empress waistline, a two-tiered knee-length skirt that gives the illusion that you are wearing a long and a short skirt, a sheer overlay that defines your silhouette like a ballerina, 2 V-necks (One on the front and one on the back, the latter one looking especially sexy) that contrast each other amazingly, and a veil that covers all the dress.
It is available in just one colour but 15 (Yes 15!) different sizes; very unusual to have such a wide variety available. The fabric is super high quality, durable, resistant, but does not stretch. It adjusts tightly to the upper body and slightly loose on the lower body.
The dress adjusts with a back zipper and an eye-closure.
Finally, as you can imagine this dress goes great with dark accessories and dark heels. Get it while it’s one offer as despite the price is ideal, with the discount on top is an offer you can not pass!
Returns are available.
HOMEYEE Retro Colorblock Tunic Dress B238
Price: $27.99 – $33.99
Place to buy: Amazon
Materials: 60% Cotton, 35% Polyester, 5% Spandex
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hips) – Small: 32.50 x 26.50 x 34.00, Medium: 34.50 x 28.50 x 36.00, Large: 36.50 x 30.50 x
38.00. Sizes range from S up to 5XL – for full details see the chart provided in the link.
A must-have for church events or corporate environments, this HOMEYEE tunic dress is an excellent choice if you wish to rock a retro dress on an everyday basis.
It comes in 14 different colour and pattern combinations, some of which are long sleeve, and some short sleeve. The size range is incredible with even 5XL models available.
The dress adjusts tightly to the hips and the breasts, and it looks especially flattering if you are curvy. Depending on your body type the hem may fall below or above the knee. The fabric is a little bit thicker than you would expect but it may feel a little rough.
What makes this dress different is the simple but elegant combination of the pencil-shaped lower body and the crew neck with the 2 buttons. Matching belts go great with it too.
Overall it is a great dress that can be worn in lots of environments and comes at a great price.
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Black 1920s Sequined Flapper Dress
Type: Flapper Dress
Price: $80.00 ($53.00 on offer)
Place to buy: Zapaka
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hips) – Small: 34.00-35.00 x 26.00-27.00 x 37.00-38.00, Medium: 36.00-37.00 x 28.00-30.00 x 39.00-40.00, Large: 38.00-39.00 x 31.00-32.00 x 41.00-43.00, X-Large: 40.00-42.00 x 33.00-35.00 x 44.00-46.00
Zapaka is a site loved and praised among vintage lovers and this dress perfectly exemplifies why.
It is one of the highest-rated dresses (perfect score among customers) in their entire catalogue, which by the way, is very extensive when it comes to all types of vintage dresses and accessories.
The dress has a unique short-cropped design with a set of strings on the end that look extremely elegant and give the illusion of a skirt. Beads circulate throughout the dress, adding a lot more detail to it. Zapaka is great and provides a full 360° view of the dress, as well as a short video showcasing it.
As for colours and sizing, sadly it is only available in black but comes in a decent size range (S to XL) covering some of the most common women’s bodies.
Like we said above people love the dress, starting with its great price, which is even better when it’s on offer (don’t lose that chance when you see it!). But not only that, people love the look, comfort, elasticity, and lightweight of the dress. Occasionally the beads or string may fall but it is normal and you don’t have to worry.
Also, most of the time the fitting is perfect. If you have any questions about it, the Zapaka team is super accessible and will answer them for you.
Finally, accessories go great with it, especially those popularized during the 1920s, that is, long gloves, necklaces, and flapper headbands. It is a must-have if you truly want to rock a vintage look to your next formal party.
1950S Lemon Belted Swing Dress
Place to buy: Retro-Stage
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hips) – X-Small: 33.07 x 25.98 x 35.82, Small: 34.64 x 27.55 x 37.40, Medium: 36.22 x 29.13 x 38.97, Large: 37.79 x 30.70 x 40.55, X-Large: 39.76 x 32.67 x 42.51, XX-Large: 41.73 x 34.64 x 44.48.
Our last pick is a pure 1950s classic; a belted swing dress with the floral (lemon) pattern.
The dress is available in sizes XS up to XXL and features short sleeves, a belted bow, and a wide knee-level hem. The stretchy, durable, firm, comfortable yet lightweight thanks to its polyester fabric, this swing dress looks even better in person.
People may think that wearing lemons is not fashionable and will make them look dumb. Complete lie! The dress is so well designed that most of the time people don’t even notice the lemons and it blends well with other floral dresses. On the other hand, not many girls can say they own a lemon dress 😉
As with other swing dresses, the lemon dress goes great with a matching colour petticoat and a pair of high heels. A head knot and sunglasses combine too. Incredible summer outfits can be arranged around this dress.
Coming under $40, the price-quality ratio is amazing, all the customers seem to love it!
Remember… there are dresses for every taste
We hope that at least one of the dresses presented here was of your liking. Remember that there are endless vintage and retro designs out there, each of them has its strong points, and prices range from a couple of dollars to hundreds of them.
Casual or formal, short or long, we got you cover here at Vintage Shape. Which ones do you like the most? Do you think the prices are good? Is there a particular style you would like to see in the future? We love to hear from you so don’t forget to share your thoughts down below.
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