Ah, dresses. The most window-shopped section in women’s clothing stores.
There’s something about dresses that makes a woman feel feminine, beautiful and confident. It is said there is a dress for every occasion (or vice versa) and they can come in various colours, lengths and styles but one thing is for sure: whatever dress you wear and whenever you wear it, there’s no doubt you will feel special in it!
Most of us probably have dresses we love and look at longingly from time to time as they sit in our closets. Unfortunately, all too often we end up keeping them there indefinitely, always waiting for the “right occasion” to wear them. Nevertheless, we can’t help buying more because they’re so pretty! Besides, those other dresses in our closet need company, right?
Then there is the issue of fashion – what a fickle master it is! Just when you buy something that is all the rage, the fashion changes and you’re left with something that is suddenly outdated rather than up-to-date.
This is where vintage dresses come in – ever-green and classic styles that have been around for decades and stood the test of time, appealing to the tastes of women of all ages.
If you’re looking to add to or begin your dress collection, read on! In our list of top 10 vintage evening dresses, all in styles that never go out of fashion, you’ll find something for any kind of occasion, from full-blown galas to classy high teas.
10. Vijiv 1920s Long Prom Dresses Sequins Beaded Art Deco Evening Party
In recent times, the 1920s “flapper” dress has been brought back into fashion by the award-winning and highly popular 2013 movie, The Great Gatsby.
Number 10 on our list is a floor-length, shimmering number in classic black, inspired by the flapper trend. The mermaid cut of this dress is perfect to show off your curves, and the paisley pattern in black sequins all over the front and back of the bodice from neck to knee heightens its glamour.
The bodice itself is made of soft polyester net, sheer over the neck and shoulders, and lined with solid black polyester fabric for the remaining length until the knee. Cap sleeves and a deep V-neck at the back with a zipper ensure a flattering and comfortable fit.
If you want to make a grand entrance at a wedding reception or charity ball (or for our younger readers, at your prom), then this one will do it for you!
9. iLover Women 1950s V-Neck Vintage Rockabilly Swing Evening Party Dress
Remember how as a little girl, you would swing yourself from left to right over and over, just to watch your pretty skirt swish and swirl? Well, grownups liked doing it too, only they did it on the dance floor.
The 50s and 60s were famous for their A-line skirts and dresses with fitted bodices that hugged you till the waist and then flared out wide, perfect for swishing, swirling, kicking and grooving while dancing the famous “Lindy Hop” of the time.
The Rockabilly Swing Evening party dress from iLover is made from 97% cotton and comes in an elegant navy blue with a smart, slim black belt to draw attention to your waist.
This kind of dress is ever-green thanks to its feminine but comfortable design, and can be worn for both formal and casual occasions (and it is just the thing for getting your groove on in those 60s themed parties).
8. GRACE KARIN Vintage Knee-Length Bodycon Dress for Women
Looking for something that’s smart and fashionable but also bright and lively to wear to one of those summer parties?
This vintage knee-length body-con dress from Grace Karin is just right for a semi-formal gathering during the day. Made from high quality cotton, it comes in a charming pink and purple print of roses against a fresh white background. The modified sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves enhance the figure-flattering body-con cut of this dress. Though the cotton doesn’t stretch, the dress comes with a zipper at the back for ease. Don’t hesitate to wear this one to office too, or to a casual social gathering.
The recommended care for this dress is dry cleaning or washing gently by hand without soaking in water for a long time. Bleach should be avoided.
7. Anni Coco Women’s Vintage Floral Lace 1950’s V Back Cocktail Party Dress
When it comes to making an impression, there is no match for the colour red – just like a traffic light that brings cars to a halt (which is also red by the way), you can make people stop in their tracks for a second look with a bright red dress.
This vintage style lace piece from Anni Coco is a great addition to your party wear, and will stay fashionable for a long time. It comes in two layers: red nylon lace on top of a comfortable nylon-spandex inner layer with a just-below-knee-length, flowing skirt that is both feminine and comfortable.
True to its vintage inspiration, it has a high and wide front neck with a V-cut at the back and is sleeveless. A small lace bow at the front of the waist adds a dainty touch to an already charming dress. There is a discreet concealed zipper at the side for ease.
A great pick for date nights, cocktail parties, proms, and a number of other occasions.
6. GownTown Womens Dresses 1950s Vintage Swing Stretchy Dress
Every woman needs an LBD – a Little Black Dress, that faithful and ever-useful component of your wardrobe that is suitable for any occasion, formal or casual. Number 6 on our list, inspired by the tasteful style of Audrey Hepburn – a British actress who won the hearts of many in the 50s and 60s with her roles in Hollywood hits like My Fair Lady and a major fashion icon – would be an excellent choice for this!
This Vintage 1950s Rockabilly Swing evening dress from GownTown is stretchable thanks to its 92% polyester and 8% spandex mix of fabric, making it a comfortable and flattering fit.
A sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, a full, beautifully pleated skirt and an invisible zipper at the back make this dress a charming and chic outfit for a number of occasions.
5. Miusol Women’s Vintage Floral Lace Contrast Bow Cocktail Evening Dress
Lace has been a major component of women’s clothing for centuries. Not only is it delicate and feminine in itself, it can be layered with other fabrics, resulting in a harmony of colours and textures.
Number 5 on our list is a perfect example of this harmony – dark red and deep purple-blue lace in a floral pattern is layered against solid black fabric to make a pleasing combination. The finishing touch is a navy blue satin belt that can be tied in an alluring bow to adjust the fit at the waist, adding an element of contrast.
This knee-length dress comes with cap sleeves, broad curved neckline at the front and a V-neck at the back and is perfect for a casual or formal outdoor party.
It is made from 70% nylon and 30% cotton, must be hand-washed and should not be ironed for optimum care.
4. Miusol Women’s Cut Out V-Neck Vintage Casual Retro Dress
Number 4 on our list is another LBD (which as we saw earlier can be your go-to outfit for any occasion, formal or otherwise).
The Miusol Vintage casual retro dress is the perfect LBD. It comes in a highly flattering design that was popular in the 50s and 60s: sleeveless with a cut-out deep V-neck in the front, a tight-fitting bodice and a generously flared, full-bodied skirt. You will be sure to draw some whistles and admiring gazes in this number!
The fabric is a blend of 64% Cotton,32% Nylon,4%Spandex which makes it slightly stretchable and ensures a comfortable fit. Keep it beautiful by only hand-washing it at low temperatures.
3. Missmay Women’s Vintage 1950s Style 3/4 Sleeve Black Lace Flare A-line Dress
Business events and formal parties can sometimes put you in a wardrobe dilemma – How do you find an outfit that is the right balance between femininity and formality?
Look no further. This navy blue vintage 1950s style dress from Missmay is a wonderful choice for such events. Keeping to the lace trend that is back in fashion and here to stay, it has a delicate lace bodice with a solid navy blue collar with invisible button-down strip, lace sleeves up to 3/4th of the arm length, and a full, elegant, solid navy blue skirt. Half of the back, arms and yoke of the dress are semi-sheer, bringing out the beauty of the navy blue lace against the skin of the wearer.
There is a decorative waistband with a tasteful buckle which adds a touch of class to an already elegant dress.
The dress is made from 64% Cotton,32% Chinlon,4% Spandex and needs to be washed by hand in low temperature water.
2. Anni Coco Women’s Classy Audrey Hepburn 1950s Vintage Rockabilly Swing Dress
Number 2 on our list pays another tribute to the taste and elegance of Audrey Hepburn.
This 1950s vintage rockabilly swing dress from Anni Coco is classy and a great choice for any party. It has the classic A-line cut, a high boat neck and is sleeveless. The 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend fabric makes it a little stretchy and comfortable to wear, with a discreet zipper running down the length of the back till the waist. Breakfast at Tiffany’s anyone?
For the best care of this dress, wash it by hand in low temperature water, line-dry it and avoid ironing it at high temperatures.
1. GRACE KARIN BoatNeck Sleeveless Vintage Tea Dress with Belt
So you’re meeting your girlfriends for high tea on the posh side of town. You don’t want to overdress, nor do you want to turn up in jeans. You’re looking for something smart but summery and not too serious.
Delicate black floral print on a breezy white background and a 96% cotton and 4% spandex blend make this vintage dress from Grace Karin the perfect choice to wear to tea with the ladies on a summer afternoon.
The dress is designed in classic vintage 50s style, with an A-line cut, no sleeves and a wide boat neck. There is a concealed zipper at the back, and a slim, tasteful black belt at the waist to give you a flattering fit.
A great choice for parties, semi-casual outdoor events or just a regular day when you’re feeling a little dressy.
Now that you have a wide variety of options to choose from, pick the one that’s right for you, get out there and wow the world! And of course, don’t forget to accessorize tastefully for that extra oomph.