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1920s-1930s-1940s Vintage Dresses

Dresses from the 1920s had a slim, straight silhouette.  Key styles were chemises, often with dropped waistlines and assymetrical or handkerchief hems. Evening wear was often elaborately beaded. More info on 20s fashion.

In the 1930s dresses were designed with more emphasis placed on the waist and fabrics were often bias cut to allow for a figure flattering fit on the body.  Evening wear was very glamorous, inspired by the looks of the Hollywood silver screen sirens of the era, often with plunging backs. More 1930s fashion info.

In the 1940s dresses were designed to fit close to the body until late in the decade when Dior created his "New Look" silhouette that celebrated the curves of the female figure. The look incorporated yards and yards of fabric in the skirt along with a tight fitting bodice. Hemlines were shorter during the war years due to fabric rationing, and ended up mid calf by the late 40's. Evening dress fashions of the 40s were often made in rayon, had lots of draping, swags, beading and other embellishment to add interest and compensate for the textile shortages during WW2.  If you want to learn more about how women dressed in the 1940's, see our article here.

Products

 40s Floral Print Seersucker Hostess Gown Maxi Dress-XL

Authentic vintage
46bust 36waist

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1920s Navy Blue Drop Waist Wrap Dress

Authentic vintage
38b 40hip

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1920s White Voile Dropped Waist Tea Dress

Authentic vintage
Large/XL

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1930s Vintage Cream Crochet Dress

Wedding Gown
Med-36b 28-30w

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1940's Novelty Print A-Line Sundress

Authentic vintage summer frock
in a fabulous floral stripe!
36b/30w

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1940s Black Peplum Cocktail Dress

True vintage
40s Femme Fatale Style
36b/27w

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1940s Sheer Navy Blue Lace Dress

Authentic vintage
34b 26w

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30s Floral Silk Chiffon Garden Party Dress-XL

Authentic vintage
w/Capelet Jacket
40b 34w

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40's Black White Gingham Check Shirtwaist Style Day Dress-M
40s Feminine Floral Lace Trim Dress-S

Betty Barclay Label
34b 26w

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40s Ivory Rose Print Dress

Authentic, one of a kind vintage.
38b 30w

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40s Red Rayon Gabardine Shirtwaist Dress
with black velvet trim
38b 30w
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40's Blue Novelty Print Shirtwaist Dress-XL
40s Black Princess Cut New Look Coat Dress-M

Authentic vintage
36b 29w

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40s Novelty Print Cotton Sundress Day Dress