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Ten more 1950s style dresses (you know you love ’em) - (archived)

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Oh, you predictable bunch! It comes as no surprise to me that my posts on 1950s style dresses are, by far, the most popular pieces on this blog. And who am I to complain that one of my favourite looks is also one of yours? As far as I’m concerned, any excuse to spend a few hours hunting down yet more fabulous frocks with those trademark nipped-in waists, full skirts and fabulous prints is good enough. Though I am going to bankrupt myself soon enough if I keep buying things as I do ‘research’. This round-up of another ten great Summer dresses includes a few old faithful brands, a couple of new ones, and hopefully some styles to suit all budgets and bodies. I hope you enjoy!

Scene and Believed dress by Bernie Dexter $139 Modcloth – Vintage rockabilly model Bernie Dexter’s range of dresses has some amazing bold prints, and this one is my favourite. The cherry blossoms are really distinctive, and you can see from Modcloth’s customer reviews how well the dress works on a variety of body shapes.

Yellow floral vintage rose dress £45 (was £85) Oasis – I loved the ‘floral frocks’ range from Oasis this season, but the prices were pretty crazy – upwards of £80 for a cotton frock? Luckily, they’re all now being put into the sale, so those of us on a budget can possibly afford to splash out. This yellow would look amazing with dark hair.

Silver grey and pink floral swing dress £40 Lady Vintage – My favourite discovery of 2012, Lady Vintage, has just released a range of Summer prints, including this lovely pink and silver floral. Remember these swing dresses come up big – I easily fit into a 12 in Lady Vintage styles.

Kelly Brook bardot scenic print dress £39.99 New Look – Retro 50s fan Kelly Brook has extended her collaboration with New Look to clothing this season, and there are lots of Summery florals and polka dots on offer. This off-the-shoulder dress is my fave, but there are plenty of others on offer. Amanda has done a great in-depth review of the whole range if you want more info.

So Fabulous printed prom dress £45 – Going up into plus sizes, this 50s floral frock has a bit more coverage across the bust than some of the sweetheart neckline designs, plus the dark print will last into Autumn with tights or seamed stockings.

Blue tapework prom dress with sheer top £90 Warehouse – I love this pretty pastel shade, the dress reminds me of something that one of the hideous but very well-dress Junior League girls in The Help might wear. I’d wear it with silver accessories and a beehive hairdo.

TS Wonderful royal style dress $69.99 Light in The Box – I bought this dress when Light in the Box was having a sale (this happens a lot) and was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it arrived and how nice it was. It’s a bit heavy for Summer but I’ll be stashing it away for Autumn / Winter when no doubt I’ll get plenty of wear out of it. The TS brand sold through the site specialises in vintage-inspired pieces, so keep an eye out for bargains.

Black Red Herring cherry print full-skirted day dress £30 Debenhams – Red Herring’s 1950s style sundresses are really good value and I have a couple of them now. They cut quite small on the waist which works for my figure, but the skirts aren’t stupidly short, which is a problem I find with a lot of high street dresses inspired by the 50s.

Taupe spot fit and flare dress £40 Wallis – I love the combo of taupe and cream in polka dot, partly because, like so many girls, I love the dress in the polo scene of Pretty Woman, but also because it’s such a brilliant colour combo for just about every skintone going. This dress would be fab for work or weddings, or just about anything in between.

Coral spot dress with short sleeves £40 Simply Be – Naomi makes this dress look fab, and I’m sure plenty of my readers would too. Coral’s a fab shade for Summer and the simple shape of this dress is a bit more comfy than the super-fitted, structured bodices of some 50s inspired styles. Also, I know a lot of people don’t like dresses without sleeves, and the fluted shape of these is really fab.

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  • Reply Super Amanda June 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Oh thanks so much for the shout out Gemma :)  will return the favour when I publish my vintage repro guide next week. Oasis has baffled me after last year’s all silk collection of Floral Frocks with the matching bags and scarves and I agree while cute, at 55 to 85 quid this year’s issues are simply too over priced. The pagoda dress was perhaps the most fab but I returned it (the price was just mind boggling) and now it’s almost impossible to find. I’m going to buy 2 or 3 pottery placement dresses when they go to clearance and have them made into a wing bust or something because that toile print rocks.

    I love your latest list and once again I discover new lines and fabulous dresses! Bernie’s dresses are the best out there for the price (made in the states). The fabric is always lovely, you always get a generous amount and best of all the fit and customer service is amazing. She’s made the cherry blossom dress in four styles and thus far I have two; the pearl with the shoulder ties and the first issue with the all turquoise bodice. I still need the scene to be believed dress and the Fifi with the bows. Kelly’s collection is really great too and I’m hoping she’ll do more elaborate dresses next time around. The latest dress driving me nuts though is that Taylor Swift Anthropologie Akebono dress (I actually thought I was high end when I first saw it) and then each time I’ve gone to order they are always sold out. I love the bodice and the whole cut of the dress so I may have to find a seamstress. In other dress desire news, Pin Up Girl Clothing is reissuing the highly coveted Malibu Tiki wrap (with a bolero this time) that Amy Winehouse wore and donating proceeds to her foundation which is very cool. A used Large went on Ebay for 130 quid :0 a couple of weeks ago.

  • Reply Kelly Parks July 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I’ve tried that Bardot neck Kelly Brook dress and I wasn’t a fan. The sizing across the dresses I tried is all random and that’s never fun :(  

    Please have a look at my blog for loads of 50’s style dresses. I found you from FFFB :) 

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