Our Pick Of The Most Sophisticated Vintage Dress Styles

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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 body.

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 shoes.

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.#

Genuine Vintage Dresses And More At Rokit

Whatever decade you feel the greatest affinity with, we've got a garment to suit you. Armchair shopper? Our online store is filled with vintage bargains waiting to be bagged while you're still in your PJs. Happen to be in the big smoke? We've got four convenient London locations packed to the rafters with authentic retro clothing and astonishingly good looking and friendly staff (not that we're biased or anything). So pay us a visit in store or online today and find the vintage dress of your dreams!

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