With dresses, as with clothing in general, you are presented with countless different options across the internet. Even in vintage, there are endless options for every style, and sometimes it can be quite a challenge to find something that suits your needs. This is why in this dresses in sale post, we give you our picks as a guide for purchasing vintage dresses.
This list not for comparison and does not follow a particular order. Also, we don’t restrict to a particular era or style, it is just our own taste on vintage/retro dress options available online.
We hope that with the information provided here you can recognize which types or brands go with you. This list is the first installment of the dresses reviews so be on the lookout for more.
Remember to go through each one and be open to lots of different options!
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MSBASIC Women’s Midi Dress
Price: $22.99 – $24.99
Place to buy: Amazon
Materials: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex OR 95%Polyester 5%Spandex
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Length) – Small: 34.00 x 27.50 x 36.50, Medium: 36.50 x 30.00 x 37.25, Large: 39.00 x 32.50 x 38.00, X-Large: 41.50 x 35.00 x 38.25,
The popular MSBASIC Midi Dress starts off our list. It is designed to be a simple, comfortable, and versatile dress, ideal for casual wearing under all types of conditions and slightly formal events such as prom or a family dinner.
It is short-sleeved with a prominent V-neck and comes in DOZENS of different colours and floral versions.
So why is a dress such as simple as this so attractive?
Well, the fabric on both the plain and the floral versions is top-notch and feels amazing. The fit is also very good due to its size versatility and also adjusts to the body in a very flattering way in areas like the belly and the breast, not to mention the ideal length (not too short, not too long).
Compared to other quality dresses the MSBASIC Midi Dress comes at a bargain price
People tend to complain about the cleavage being too low, the breast area too big, and the fabric being delicate and prone to wear and tear.
In the end it all depends on your taste; if you are looking for comfort in a simple unflashy dress and don’t mind accentuating the breast and neck areas, you will surely like MSBASIC Midi.
2PCS NAVY 1950S POLKA DOT SWING DRESS
Place to buy: Retro-Stage
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hip) – Small: 33.10 x 26.00 x 35.80, Medium: 34.60 x 27.60 x 37.40, Large: 36.20 x 29.10 x 39.00, X-Large: 37.80 x 30.70 x 40.60, XX-Large: 39.80 x 32.70 x 42.50
An excellent tribute to the polka dot dress of the 1950s, the 2PCS NAVY is a sleeveless dress made of modern polyester, providing a small stretch and extending up to the knees. It also comes with the classic coat as a complement.
You can choose between not wearing the coat and going for a more casual look that highlights your arms, or a more reserved and elegant style with the coat.
It comes in a variety of sizes so adjusting shouldn’t be a problem. The website even has indications to help you choose the appropriate size. Also, the fabric is premium; it feels comfortable and resists washing (by hand!).
The main downside, however, is its lack of variety since it only comes in the above colour.
If you are into traditional 50s dresses, the 2PCS Navy can easily meet your expectations. On the other hand, if you’ve never tried one, give it a shot, it is cute, elegant, and will surely make you stand out almost everywhere you go.
AISIZE 1940s Elegant Pencil Dress
Place to buy: Amazon
Materials: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Length) – Small: 32.70 x 26.00 x 38.60, Medium: 34.60 x 28.00 x 39.00, Large: 37.40 x 30.70 x 39.40, X-Large: 40.20 x 33.50 x 39.80, XX-Large: 42.50 x 35.80 x 40.20
This AISIZE 1940s Pencil Dress is definitely a nice option when considering buying a vintage pencil dress.
It is a comfortable dress that comes with a bowknot and batwing cape that accentuates its elegance. It adjusts tightly to the hips and butt making them stand out while going all the way down to knee level. A no brainer when it comes to formal events such as weddings.
AISIZE also provides a detailed size description so you can pick the dress that best adjusts to your type of body.
Other great perks of this pencil dress are its relatively low price, 6 different (and very nice) colours to pick from, and the elasticity and firmness of its design.
Aside from the occasional lack of breathability through the body and possibly not fitting well (which is always a risk when trying new clothing), there are not notorious downsides to this model. It will be hard for you to find a vintage dress with so positive reviews overall.
Rosegal’s Half Button Belted Flare Dress
Price: $40.28 ($25.99 on offer)
Place to buy: RoseGal
Materials: Polyester and Polyurethene
Sizes (inches): (Shoulder, Waist, Length) – Medium: 15.40 x 29.50 x 41.90, Large: 15.80 x 31.50 x 42.30, X-Large: 16.30 x 33.50 x 42.70, 2X-Large: 16.80 x 35.40 x 43.10, 3X-Large: 17.20 x 37.40 x 43.50.
A great and a little bit different from the usual dresses, the RoseGal’s belted flare dress looks stunning during a casual spring day and can also be worn for semi-formal events
It features a calf-level A-line hem, a nice-looking belt, a sweetheart neckline which looks very elegant and the sleeves are long and slightly rugged.
The downside is that it is only available in one colour (black) and no small sizes are available either. Still, it has a wide size range starting with medium and up to 3XL.
Overall the dress is comfortable and should adjust tightly to the shoulders (shouldn’t bother the armpit) and waist. The belt might feel a little weird if you are not used to it but it gets better. The cleavage is not too high and not too low; a nice small necklace goes well with it.
The fabric is almost weightless, and if you like polyester dresses you will like how it feels. Either way, it has a 30-day return warranty, so definitely check it out
DRESSTELLS 50’s Vintage Audrey Dress
Place to buy: Amazon
Materials: 98% cotton, 2% elastane
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 5XL – for full details click the amazon link.
Next up we have a short dress. The Drestells Vintage Audrey Dress excels among vintage dresses thanks to its flashy halter neckline, its empire waist, and the variety of styles to choose from. It comes in 45 (Yes, 45!) different colours and 9 different sizes!. It almost guaranteed you will find a perfect match for your body.
The dress also happens to adjust really well to almost any type of body especially on the hips, not to mention it is comfortable and easy to put on even the tying of the back
Despite all the positives, some people avoid it because of the material not being top-notch or other aesthetic arguments, for example, the volume of the skirt being too small.
Overall it is a great alternative for semi-formal events such as weddings, parties, proms, or formal dinner. A great option for its price range.
Rosegal’s V Neck Bowknot Colorblock Party Dress
Price: $48.34 (30.99 on offer)
Place to buy: RoseGal
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Length) – Small: 33.50 x 26.80 x 40.90, Medium: 35.40 x 28.70 x 41.30, Large: 37.40 x 30.70 x 41.70, X-Large: 39.40 x 32.70 x 42.10, 2X-Large: 40.60 x 34.60 x 42.50.
An amazing option for formal events such as proms. It features lots of little perks that make it stand out among other similar alternatives.
The stunning V-neckline with the short sleeves and the slight shoulder cover-up is really elegant and feminine. It comes with 2 bowknots on the side as decoration, and the hem is wide and extends up the calf.
It only comes in the colour shown above but the size range is ideal; almost any body type fits well but hurry up as it runs out of stock quickly.
The polyester fabric stretches a little bit and makes up for a comfortable and soft sensation. The wide hem allows for ease of movement.
The price is excellent and with Rosegal’s offers, you will surely find it at a bargain price.
Overall, a great dress both in terms of price and quality!
1950S COLD SHOULDER SATIN BOW DRESS
Place to buy: Retro-Stage
Sizes (inches): (Bust, Waist, Hip) – 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. See link provided for more details
An adorable 1950s bow dress, this Retro Stage dress will surely make you feel like a fairytale princess.
The cold shoulder and the straps are super feminine, and the thin waist strap and knee-level hem add more to this.
The dress comes in sizes ranging from XS to XXL and it is made out of stretchable and comfortable polyester. The dress fits slightly tight to the hips and provides great upper body freedom. It is available in 4 colours.
It is a very versatile dress as it is a formal dress that could be worn casually too. More importantly, the price is excellent for what you get, just be sure to treat the dress carefully as the material can wear out without proper care.
Overall, a great option for events such as proms or balls, or for going out on a sunny summer/spring day.
As we said before it’s important to remember that this is a personal review and not a strict comparison to decide which dress is the best. Since everyone has different tastes, we believe that it’s better to give you our picks as a reference and let you decide which one you go for.
Remember that there are hundreds of different dresses in the links provided here. If you don’t like the ones that you see, make sure to check out other options available on every website. There are other really good dresses and we are 100% sure that there is at least one that will be a perfect fit for you.
Also, most of these dresses have refund or size changing options so don’t avoid experimenting a little bit because of fitting fears.
This is all for now and, hopefully, the information here was useful for you!
Stay tuned for the next dress review!