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Vintage Dresses: Classic Clothing Styles

Women's vintage clothing has come in different shapes and sizes over the years. However, most fall into a certain group based on their look and style. Listed below are 4 of the most common vintage vintage dress styles.



The vintage bias cut dress

Popular in the 1930s, flowing drapes are achieved by cutting pieces of dress fabric parallel to the thread or warp. These dresses reappear from time to time for evening gowns, bridal wear and lingerie. When the dress is cinched at the hips with a pronounced flare at the hem or train, it is often referred to as a fishtail or mermaid dress.

The low-waisted dress

A low-waisted dress that was widely used in the 1920s and early 1930s, consisting of an elongated bodice with a shorter skirt, usually gathered, pleated or godet. The pleated portion of the low-waisted skirt may have soft or sharp pleats. Low waist skirts can be long or short.

The vintage empire cut dress

Popular in the early 20th century, these are opposite dresses to the low-waisted, as they have a straight or V-shaped seam just below the bust. This type of dress was characterized because they were more comfortable than the previous ones and above all they were an alternative that women could use instead of the low-cut styles.

The tight-fitting, flared dress

It dates back to the 40's and 50's where the very popular dances in women. This dress usually has a simple bodice from the waist to the bust area. Necklines vary: round, square and sweetheart to name a few. An important aspect of the fitted dress is that it fits the vast majority of figures without any problem.

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