If you want a guarantee that the dress you’re ordering will be stylish now but also a few months, a year, and even five years from now, your best bet is to opt for a vintage-inspired dress—and here’s why. Retro pieces follow the classic shapes and silhouettes that worked so well in the past that they’re worth bringing back today, and there are some standout styles from each decade worth trying.
In the ’50s, tea dresses were popular, and they’ve returned now with designers like HVN bringing them back in the fold. From the ’60s, cool mod dresses are making a comeback. In the ’70s, pussy-bow styles were very of-the-moment, and they’re back in a major way. Even styles from the ’80s have returned—digging into the archives of Jean-Paul Gaulier, French designer Jacquemus is ushering back iconic styles from the decade. Want to see the best vintage-inspired dresses to try now?
Ahead, we’re breaking down 18 of the coolest pieces to wear now.