Short Sleeve Vintage Dresses

Short sleeve and sleeveless vintage dresses from the 1920s to the 1990s. They’re perfect for the warmer months during spring and summer.

The perfect vintage St. Patrick’s Day 1960s Shift Dress – comfortable, intense Kelly green linen

The perfect vintage St. Patrick’s Day 1960s Shift Dress – comfortable, intense Kelly green linen

Timewarp back to better times in this comfortable Kelly Green linen shift dress brought to you by the middle of the 1960s. Securely sewn on is a green and white beaded collar.

The label is most interesting, with order number, style, size, and remarks – I wonder if this was a sample piece? Affixed next to the ILGWU union label (dating this dress firmly between 1964-1973).

This dress is lined, the metal zipper works flawlessly, and it is in very good vintage condition. As you can see, there are two small stains on the front and only one bead is missing from the back. The attached lining is pulling away a little at the rear seams by the zipper. I was amazed at the details and workmanship in this fine dress!

Modern size approximately a size 12, but note the measurements:

40″ long
36 inch bust, waist, and hips (a true “shift” dress).

Rare Plus Size Large Vintage Paisley Print Dress from 1970s-80s

Rare Plus Size Large Vintage Paisley Print Dress from 1970s-80s

This plus sized vintage 1970s paisley print dress is in great condition! Check out the groovy wooden buttons down the front. Not lined (so needs a slip worn underneath probably). No label but I think this is made of acetate – polyester because the fabric is a little stiff and slightly shiny.

I think that this is a size 18, but pay attention to the measurements below to make sure that they fit you:

Cute classic nautical inspired navy blue and white polka dot vintage sheath dress

Cute classic nautical inspired navy blue and white polka dot vintage sheath dress

This is such a darling classic navy blue dress with small white polka dots! The collar is nautical inspired and is sewn in a double bow at the front of the scoop neck.

The print appears to be sheer polyester viole, and the whole dress is lined in dark navy blue acetate. The seams are pinked and reinforced with zig zag stitching, and the zipper is metal. I believe this vintage dress is from the 1960s.

Measurements:
34 inches long
16 inch shoulders
40 inch bust (doubled)
32 inch waist (doubled)
40 inch hips

Little Black Dress – vintage 1950s Ruth Roaman NYC

Little Black Dress – vintage 1950s Ruth Roaman NYC

This sexy vintage little black wiggle dress’s label is NOT to be confused with the famous actress of the time, Ruth Roman! The label on this 1950s sheath reads: “Ruth Roaman Gowns – 555 Madison Ave – Trademark for the Fashionwise”

This is a well made vintage 1950s sheath dress made of a double layer of fine crepe over satin that you can barely tell is 2 layers. Metal zipper up back with hook & eye. It was sold on Madison Avenue, probably many years before the 32 storey skyscraper was bought by the Coates Brothers (researching this dress I got on a LONG side-trail of trying to figure out what businesses were at 555 Madison Avenue in the 1950s, and came up with only this article from 1963 about the Coates Brothers buying the building from shipping magnate Manuel Kulukundis).

Measures (flat):
42″ long
16″ bust (32″)
12″ waist (24″)
16″ hips (32″)

Note on condition: A few tiny holes in front at bottom and back at bottom on crepe – could easily be hemmed shorter above them. Minor pulling on one of the front seams- not noticeable unless closely looking.
Some dust found when packing it – you will want to hand wash in cold water.

80s does the 40s Plus Size Vintage Dress

80s does the 40s Plus Size Vintage Dress

This XL dress has sewn in shoulder pads and a nylon zipper up the side, which means that it was probably made in the early 80s. Roomy and made of a soft shiny cotton brocade, you will comfortably enjoy the warmer weather in classic style. Photos are pinned to show the shape. The bow on front snaps.
Approximate modern size 22 but please pay attention to measurements.
Measures flat:
43″ long
22″ bust (44 around)
19″ waist (38 around)
23″ hips (46).

Large vintage 1950s sheath dress with original belt

Large vintage 1950s sheath dress with original belt

This amazing vintage 1950s pinup dress is made from an iridescent blue/purple brocade. Note the cute little kicker in the rear. It’s lovely for work or a night out, the mannequin does this XL vintage sheath dress no justice.

There is some slight seam stretching as pictured in the rear but otherwise in excellent vintage condition. Zips up the side with a metal zipper.

Approximate modern size 22 but please go by measurements.

 

Cute classic XXS vintage early 60s dress

Cute classic XXS vintage early 60s dress

This classic extra petite vintage dress is from the 1950s or early 1960s I think. Excellent vintage condition. Would be a cute work or school dress. Has a smooth metal zipper up the back, adorable buttons up the front, practical pockets, and is made from a soft cotton blend. It’s unlined and has no tags except what I think is a faded ILGUW. As you can see it does NOT zip up my mannequin all the way.
Measures flat:
36″ Long
16″ bust (32 doubled)
12″ waist (24 doubled)

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