Our Pick Of The Most Sophisticated Vintage Dress Styles
Step aside, trousers, move along, separates - it's time to talk vintage dresses. Team Rokit love a good frock, but there are just so many patterns, cuts and styles around that choosing a vintage dress can make your head swim! Scared of veering into frocky horror territory? Looking for some inspiration? We come across stunning vintage dresses from across the decades every day at Rokit (it's a hard job, but someone's gotta do it), so look no further than our expert rundown of the most classic styles without which no wardrobe is complete...
Our Top Five Vintage Dresses:
1. The Bias Cut:
Way back before the breakout of the Second World War, French
fashion icon Madeleine Vionnet took inspiration from the draped
goddesses of the Ancient world to create gowns featuring flowing,
dynamic lines. By cutting the cloth of her designs with a 45˚angle
against the grain, Vionnet invented the Bias cut. As such, her
slinky silks and chiffons hugged the natural curves of the female
The cut's real heyday happened during the 30s, when Hollywood starlets such as the timeless Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow dazzled when draped in these gorgeous gowns. To get the look, break out those curlers for the glamorous hair dos of a Hollywood now long gone and deck yourself in silky smooth bias cut dress. Complete the look with a faux fur cover up and some sparkling dress clips.
2. The Shirtwaister:
For a cuter, kitschy feel why not embrace your inner 50s housewife
with a shirtwaister dress? So named because the bodice looked a lot
like a button down shirt, their nipped in waists and full skirts
are gorgeously feminine. Keep an eye out for rare prints from the
likes of Horrockses or embrace the relics of bygone domesticity
with a Swirl apron dress.
3. The LBD:
Ever since Coco Chanel first thrust the spotlight on little black
numbers in the 1920s, they have become the epitome of timeless
chic. The simple beauty of the design - it's little, it's black,
and it's a dress - has left it well open to interpretation over the
years. So if you feel like you're a 20s flapper, a 60s mod or a
grunge girl you can find an LBD to suit your individual style.
There are almost no rules - you can have any colour you want (as
long as it's black) so go nuts!
4. The Scooter Dress:
Synonymous with 60s mod style, in its heyday the scooter dress and
its cousin the mini skirt represented a scandalous departure from
the previous decades hemlines. Political symbolism aside, the A
line mini dress was also eminently practical for hopping on the
back of a scooter (hence the name). Take your inspiration from
gamine 60s style icons like Mia Farrow, Twiggy and Francoise Hardy
and keep things short but sweet with coloured tights and preppy
5. The Maxi:
Perfectly illustrating that fashion is a fickle beast, a mere
decade after the bum-skimming hemlines of the 60s came the
floor-skimming hemlines of the maxi dress. Here at Rokit we love
Ossie Clark style designs - think layers of folky chiffon, dramatic
long skirts and decadent prints. Think the maxi is just for warmer
weather? Sure, it suits frolicking in a breezy summer meadow but
layer it with a sheepskin gilet and tights and it will work hard
for you year round. Wardrobe perfection!
We like to think of ourselves as the ultimate one stop shop for all things vintage at Rokit, with an abundance of beautiful vintage gowns, retro prom dresses, and everything in between - so come and have a browse in our stores today.#