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.
The perfect dress for your next date night.
We are loving this preppy all-white dress from Unique21.
A dress that is sure to draw eyes.
Pair with cool combat boots to dress down the look.
Show this dress off when running your weekend errands.
Pair with black chunky heels for a cool summer look.
The added tulle gives this dress such a pretty, romantic touch.
Try out this floral number from Violeta.
This preppy yet sophisticated dress screams business casual.
Velvet is everywhere this season. Stay on-trend with this adorable tube dress.
The coolest work-appropriate dress.
Add a colorful purse to color-block with this velvet dress.
Take this little number out for a night dancing with girlfriends.
A sleek and conservative look.
So romantic with the ruffled detailing.
The cutest floral dress for spring.
Add a red lip for a cool retro look.
Get your floral fix for spring with this dress from Bershka.
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