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The 11 Best 1940’s Vintage Dresses for Women

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.

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Women’s 1940s Vintage Short Sleeve Black Dress

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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.

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Unique Vintage 1940s Ivory & Little Ladies Print Short Sleeve Lucille Swing Dress

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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.

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1940s Cord Dress

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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.

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Stop Staring! 1940s Navy Blue & White Fur Collar Benoit Wiggle Dress

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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.

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ReVamp Faye Dress

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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.

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Stop Staring! Ella Cherry Wiggle Dress

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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.

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Hell Bunny Coleen Coat

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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.

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1940s Vintage Red Round Collar Elegant Dress Pin Up Rockabilly Women

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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.

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Blue Ribbons Seamstress Of Bloomsbury Lisa Shirt Dress

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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.

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Seamstress Of Bloomsbury Lillian Mayflower Sarong Tea Party 40s Wrap Dress

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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.

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