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Every decade has its own focus. When we talk about 1930’s, we have to think about a transition era, where fashion started thinking about the clothes being more fitted and we thought about showing a more curvy figure, think about the hour-glass shape that we have in mind these days.
However, the 30’s had still a lot from the previous decade, and as a result, we found ourselves seeing both boxy silhouettes and more fitted ones. Fashion started giving importance to the waist, and the clothes started reflecting that by highlighting this part with belts and more structure fabrics. The great thing about this is that if you want to channel the 30’s you would probably look like you’re dressing for this age, but with a great retro vibe, due to the elements that make these clothes look very current.
One thing about the clothes from this decade is that we basically got rid of the fringes, and replace them with layers or fabrics that would add a lot of movement to the dress. And even with a photo, you can see that this dress is light as air, and the skirt moves beautifully. That’s because it’s made out of 70% polyester and 30% silk. The opulence of the previous era is present in the side beading, which looks amazing on the black fabric. Being made of such a light material, don’t expect it to stretch at all because if it would, you wouldn’t be able to move so freely. The fabric is also semi-sheer, but you don’t have to worry about see-through because the skirt is completely lined.
Remember that gorgeous dress Emma Stone wore at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards? I do! It was a beautiful blush Valentino with a lot of beaded stars on it, and that remind me a lot of this dress. This model is exactly what we’re talking about the 30’s: a transition silhouette, where the dress is not too boxy but also not too fitted. It’s made out of 100% polyester with a 100% polyamide lining, which guarantees nothing can be seen through the fabric. This dress has a lined hand beading with stars all over it, starting from the V-neckline and going through all over the dress. Be careful when the washing time comes, with this kind of dresses a little hand wash is more than enough.
Art Deco was one of the biggest artistic influences during the 1920’s and 30’s. It was so much of an influence that even got to permeate our clothes. The superposition of geometric figures was it the biggest feature and we saw it on movie posters, books, paintings, buildings… and now we can see it on this gorgeous black velvet-looking dress. It’s made out of 67% polyester, 23% polyamide and 10% spandex, with a lining made out of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. As you can see, it’s made to hug your curves in a very delicate way. The neckline is a hybrid between V-neck and drop neckline, and the ‘midi’ length is perfect for many occasions. The silver brooch is included.
Do you notice how we start with a loose silhouette and now we got to something completely fitted? That’s the beauty of the 1930’s! This red dress embodies every fashion concept of that decade, from the fitting to the length and the details. It’s made out of poly-viscose, a hybrid between polyester and viscose that results in a material with a little bit more structure. As the intention of the piece is that it will get very fitted, the measurements are really specific, so feel free to check them before you click on ‘Buy’. A dress like this will accentuate your waist and it will give you a cute detail because of the lace neckline. However, this type of dress can also highlight all your flaws, so be really careful.
Color is also a great part of the dresses that get their inspiration from this era, in contrast with the 20’s where everything was pretty much black and white, Golden or silver. This purple dress also features a very fitted silhouette and a ‘midi’ length but is a little bit lighter due to the fact that is unlined. Made out of 62% polyester, 32% rayon and 6% spandex it will give the right fit but with a bit of freedom to move. The zipper on this dress is on the back, for a bigger of a retro vibe, and the cute button details are everything you expect.
See? Color and prints are huge in 1030’s dresses and the combination of that with a small waist gave us the first shirt-dresses we ever knew of. This Unique Vintage dress has everything that’s good from a shirt, but long enough to not wear anything underneath. You don’t even have to worry about the see-through possibility because the bodice is completely lined. The skirt, with a nice A-shape, has a pocket for more comfort and proactivity and the belt is included. If you’re a fan of the buttoned shirts, this is definitely a dress for you.
The pencil skirt started to be a big deal back in the 30’s, and of course, we still love them know! This dress has a big retro look with the modern touch we need to avoid looking like we step out of the time machine. Available in 3 different colors (red, black and navy blue), it features a beautiful V-neck styled up with 3 buttons down and a ‘fake’ belt. The short sleeves are great for any casual occasions and the finished ruffle on the bottom is a very discrete fashion statement, but it will catch some eyes. This is a great choice if you want to look elegant but effortless.
Speaking of sophistication, here comes the ultimately fitted vintage dress. This one is by ReVamp, an American brand that specializes in creating vintage-looking clothes based on true classic silhouettes and forms. And what’ more classic than this hour-glass shaped dress? This beauty is 100% made in the United States, handmade in Los Angeles, to be more specific. It’s great for curvy figures because it accentuates the waist without so much of an effort. On top of that, it features some interesting sleeves, with ruffles and a contrast lining. And for the contrast, we also have the bottom part with a little pleated. This one is hard to top.
We would love to say that there was all glamour back then for women. But no, they also had to work both in an office or at their houses, and for those tasks they needed something less beaded and more comfortable. And that’s how we got our first cotton dresses. This model by ReVamp has an interesting square print, on a very nice and practical color, such as blue. Like most of its dresses, this one is handmade in Los Angeles, but also makes its pride about being made out of all natural fibers. The silhouette of this dress is also fitted, but it has an interesting shape at the bottom. The collared neckline makes it even cuter and the buttons help you determine your level of cleavage (and it’s always nice to have that option).
Let’s close the list with a party gown, shall we? There’s nothing cuter than a well pull together nude dress because it will give the impression of a dress that has been made exclusively for you. If you have a very light skin tone, you might want to try this Frock and Frill long dress. The greatest part of its see-through game is that it covers everything you need, and becomes transparent in cool areas, like your arms. The rest of the dressed is covered with a very delicate and intricate beading that will totally make you stand out from the crowd. The fabric of the shell is 100% polyamide and the lining, 100% polyester. The lining has a stretching quality, so you can have a nice silhouette underneath the sheerness. For more safety, you have a zipper and hook closure.
The 1940’s were all about the waist and the hour-glass figure. Leaving behind the opulence and the sparkle of the 20’s and early 30’s, this era revolved around comfortable fabrics, high waist tops that accentuated the waist and of course, A-line skirt. We’re not trying to say that this was the only silhouette existing during the 40’s because the pencil skirt also had a big role in women’s fashion around these time. However, the flare for the big skirts was starting and everyone wanted to get them.
The interesting about the 40’s is that you probably didn’t know that most of the retro clothes we can find on the market are from this decade (and also the 50’s). Just think about it: when you mention retro or vintage, you can find yourself thinking about an A-line skirt with a cardigan or about any of the dresses that we are about to show you. You know what’s the best part is? They’re on trend right now!
This is what I’m talking about: can you think of any other dress that looks more retro? Because I don’t! It’s almost like the pin-up style was condensed on a dress and delivered to us. This red beauty is 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex and it has everything from the 400’s. The waist, the skirt, the color, the polka dots. One great thing about this piece is its sleeveless quality and the beautiful halter silhouette on the top. This is a dress you can wear with heels or flats and feel instantly fabulous. It’s so pretty we wish it would come in more colors, but life can’t be always perfect.
Big A-line skirts, that’s what 940’s were all about. The fuzz was so big that in 1947, Christian Dior created something we got to know the ‘New Look’, a concept of dressing that will totally accentuate the waist and give women the ultimate hourglass silhouette, along with a ton of elegance. This model embodies everything of the New Look’s essence, in the classiest color of them all. Made out of 100% polyester for a solid consistency (especially from the skirt), it features a scoop neck and a four button line at the top. A dress like this will give you a chic status you would’ve never dreamed of.
Unique Vintage is a brand that is doing a great job when it comes to vintage clothes, and it’s a great option because of its wide variety, making pieces like this beautiful printed dress that, once again, sums up everything the 1940’s were about, but tones it down for those ladies out there who enjoy the movement of a skirt. For those women over there thinking that black is way too boring for their clothes, there’s a chance to wear ‘little ladies’ instead. This cute print takes over the dress, which features a beautiful A-line skirt, collared neck with a bow and short sleeves. Made out of a 100% polyester, is one of those pieces that speak for themselves.
Of course, there were women that didn’t really love the idea of a big puffy skirt (with which you probably had to wear something underneath to keep it up), so fashion came up with a different strategy. And that’s how we have the shirt dress, an item that has changed over the years but it keeps its essence: it looks like a long shirt, but more stylish. This piece by J Peterman is 100% made out of cotton, which makes it an excellent piece, very breathable and light. It features a very beautiful button down front, kind of like a long rope with a very chic vibe to it. The good news is that you can get this dress from a very wide range of sizes (from 2 to 20 plus), but you have to be careful because the length varies from 44” to 47” depending on the size. Dry cleaning is recommended for this item.
There isn’t a better piece of clothing for women than the pencil skirt. Why? Very simple: it fits and flatters any body type out there and, depending on the fabric, you can wear to almost every activity you have to deal with. This navy blue dress has been made in the USA, and the fabrics are a combination of 62% Polyester, 32% Rayon, and 6% Spandex, again, so everything stays in place, a quality that is very important on pencil skirts. This dress is so retro that is one of the few that features a big part of the 40’s: padded shoulders. If you were wondering about the fur collar yes, it is included. And it’s because of this detail that dry cleaning is the most recommended option here.
ReVamp is one of the fashionista’s go-to brands when they need especial pieces with a strong vintage feeling. And what’s not strong and vintage about this midi length pencil skirt dress? This dress features a square neckline, fun print, and short sleeves. As much of the pieces of the brand, it’s been handmade in Los Angeles and made out of natural fabric, which ensures its quality and durability (that means you will have your vintage dress for the years to come, and that’s a win… isn’t it?). This dress will fit perfectly for your next meeting or a formal brunch, if you play enough with the accessories you’ll find a place for it every day of your life.
Very fitted dresses are a great option for the thin ladies out there, and also for the curvy ones that are proud to show their figures. But the problem the thing girls have is that, with a piece of clothing so body-hugging, they can actually look too skinny. To help with this matter we have printed fabric, as this beautiful cherry pattern developed by Stop Staring! This dress is made out of 55% polyester, 42% cotton, and 3% spandex, definitely a lot of structure here. The neckline is very retro and vintage-looking, and the balloon shape of the sleeves makes it even cuter. One piece of advice direct from the fabricants: the dress runs small, so it’s better if you pick a size up to ensure a perfect fit.
Whoever says we can’t wear a coat as a dress hasn’t been paying attention to ladies like the Dutchess of Cambridge and the Queen of England herself. Coats are a great, stylish way to cover yourself from the temperature and they look pretty, too. This classically styled coat features a wide flat collar, princess seams in the front, 3 button down closure and side pockets. It’s perfect for your favorite pencil skirt or a simple dress underneath. The outer shell is made out of 90% polyester, 8% viscose and 2% elastane. And the lining is 100% polyester. This dress is on the run small group, so order a size up to be sure it’s a perfect match for you.
You might think this dress was made for a doll, but it has all the pin-up spirit in it… and we love it! Pink is not a very common color among this trend and 1940’s dresses, however, this is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. The collared neckline and the little bow make them sweet, but the texture (some sort of animal print), keeps it cool. The fabric is a combination of 58% Polyester, 2% Spandex, and 40% Cotton, which is always a quality guarantee. Be careful with the sizing, because you can only find it in the traditional Small, Medium or Large.
A great thing about soft material dresses is that they feel lighter than air, and are perfect for the hot days or those occasions when you just want to be simple. And although there’s nothing simple about this striped dress, is certainly cute and great for an everyday situation. This dress features an authentic blue ribbons print, a V-neckline with collar and bakelite style buttons. The fabric is an original Crepe de Chine (a type of rayon), with a belt and short sleeves. The button closure complements perfectly the blue belt, but you can wear it without if you want. It’s a matter of style.
People have been saying this for a long time now, but saying it again won’t hurt anyone: wrap dresses are a girls’ best friends. Why? They hug your curves and they fit almost every body type. This Sarong Tea Party Dress is made out of 100% rayon and features a beautiful floral print with a waterfall ruffle on the front of the skirt. The V-neckline and the sleeves make a perfect team and will make your dress a perfect choice for work or a formal brunch.
The glorious 20’s will forever remind us of The Great Gatsby. It was a time for opulence, glitter, beading, dancing and singing. And it was so cool that we keep recreating it and adding our style to it because fashion keeps coming back to all the resources this decade gave us for clothing.
Of course, when you think about the 1920’s your mind goes straight to the flapper dress. The fringe and the sparkling details catch our eye from the very beginning, and again, fashion has been trying to emulate that same effect every now and then for decades. However, one of the most important things we have to consider when it comes to the 20’s is the silhouette. Nothing fitted, just boxy dresses that were more relaxed and fun. Why? Because in that time the ideal body didn’t have a small waist like we all dream about now, and dresses wanted to highlight another feature. Also, there’s life beyond the fringe, and 1920’s have a lot more to offer.
If you’re thinking about a vintage dress, this is a great decade to look into. You would look fabulous at parties and events without much effort.
This is what we mean when we say there’s life beyond the fringe. The 1920’s had a preference for ‘midi’ length (actually, every decade before the 60’s did) and that calls for more loose fittings. One brand that’s particularly good at dressing you like you live in some other time it’s Unique Vintage, and you’ll confirm that through this post. This model is 100% nylon, and the biggest feature is its intricate hand beaded that will definitely stand out in any situation. One good thing about wearing vintage and retro clothing these days is that the pieces come with a modern edge. This dress, for example, has a little bit of a stretch quality, which makes it fitted. Two important things to have in mind: you can only wash this by hand if you want to last more than one party, and the slip you see in the photo is sold separately.
The 20’s come with tulle, as well, as we can see on this party dress made by Nataya, another brand specialized in vintage-inspired clothing. As much as we mentioned that the ‘midi’ length was the favorite on this decade, a big evening called for long dresses, and this is a great choice even for our days. Imagine it for a ball or a wedding, with modern accessories… you’ll nail it! This dress biggest attractive are the ½ sleeves, these play with the concept of see-through and look absolutely great. The square necklines make it perfect for pairing both with earrings or a cute pendant, which will add sparkle to your outfit.
Here we go, we got to the fringes. This Unique Vintage dress is everything you think about when you think of the 20’s. First of all, it screams ‘Great Gatsby’ and second, it has all these amazing details that you are going to love. The drop waist is the biggest feature because it pretty much sticks to the original concept of the flapper dress. After you realize that, you can concentrate on the layers of intricate beading and fringe work that has been done here. The sleeveless silhouette makes it a fresh piece that you can pair with a jacket for your next cocktail party. With such an intricately made dress you won’t have to worry about wearing any other showstopper accessory.
Why do we need to include another fringed dress in our selection? Easy, this one has two features that make it stand of the pile. First, it’s basically the only fringe and beaded dress on the list that doesn’t require a separate slip to wear it down to perfection and second, and most important, it’s made exclusively for plus sizes. This baby goes all the way from 2X plus to 4X plus, and it features all the beauty of beading dress, combined with a perfect lining that includes some stretch (isn’t that incredible?), which will help to keep everything in place. And if you’re in the group that gets worried over little details, breathe in peace: this one has a clean-side zipper that will go unnoticeable.
The thing with beading is that it might be too much for some people. Not for me, but for some girls out there. And when you want to have a little sparkle with your 1920 inspired dress you can find it on this solution. Unique Vintage knows that is not always about the beading, but also about the quality of the fabric and a very nice silhouette. This dress, for example, features a drop waist fitting that goes perfectly with its ‘midi’ length. On the top part you can find beaded details that will highlight the straps and the center detail, pair with a see-through fabric. This material is very light, but you have to keep in mind that it doesn’t stretch at all.
From a very light and discrete dress to a piece that will tell everyone you’re coming from a mile distance. This dress is made out polyester and chiffon, a combination that makes it light but strong enough to support the hand embroidery that it comes with. This option is great for a night party, in which you want to catch everyone’s attention. Trust me, you will get it. You have to take into consideration the fact that this dress can be a little heavier than anything in your closet, due to the embroidery weight. Also, consider that it goes from 02 to 26 in sizing, but the length is the same for all the options (90.53 cms or 35 inches).
Sometimes we think about getting a dress that will look expensive but at the same time not having to spend all our money on it, especially if it’s not a dress we’re going to wear on a regular basis. And as much as we love beading, we have to admit that we can’t always afford it. That’s why we have options like this Sakhee dress, with a very beautiful beading that is not excessive but it doesn’t leave you thinking about wanting more. This evening chiffon dress has a great embroidery design and a tunic silhouette, but you will notice that is a little shorter than all the other options, which makes it flirty and fun.
Again, if you want the 20’s style but you’re not committed to the full head to toe beading, you can look for options that are more discrete, but still have those interesting details. This Sakhee dress is perfect for a more casual night out with friends, I which you will still be the queen of the evening. This polyester dress features two major spots for sequins and embroidery: the top part and the bottom area. Also, a boxy silhouette that will give you comfort when you’re trying to look super chic. Remember, when you have this kind of dresses you may want to invest on dry cleaning, so you can keep for a long time.
Sequins? Beading? Why do you have to choose when you can have them both at the same time? Because you can, thanks to this beautiful dress that also has leafs design on its embroidery. The base of this piece is polyester, which perfectly handles the weight of the beading. Faithful to the 1920’s, it has a boxy silhouette that will allow you to move freely and dance all night long. And if you’re thinking this is too much, we have a surprise for you: you can flip it around and get a black dress with embroidery details on the bottom, so you have to pieces in one, every girl’s dream.
Sometimes a cute beaded evening dress is not enough. Sometimes you need the ultimate evening gown, something that will make you feel and look like royalty (real royalty or Hollywood royalty, it doesn’t matter). And what better than this Miley&July pink dress, which has the best and most beautiful beaded work I’ve ever seen. The silhouette is not just fitted, but also super slimming and with all body control. The stretchy fabric helps you have everything in place, from the gorgeous heart-shaped neckline down. It can be a great choice for a gala or a very elegant wedding. With a dress like this, you definitely won’t need anything else to shine.