Have you seen  #thevintagefashionchallenge happening right now on instagram? Wow! I am inspired to go “window shopping” for vintage dresses. Like this 1950s battenberg lace gown, with a boned bodice and grosgrain waist cinched. The sash crosses the bodice and forms a rosette at the hip that then trails to the hem. Stunning!

Or this glam 50’s gold sequin wiggle dress with ruched chiffon waist and waterfall in back at Butchwaxvintage on Etsy.

gold sequins

Or since summer is just around the corner, this Hawaiian cocktail dress.


This black dress with the illusion netting a stitched appliqué rose is from the 1940s. It has that quintessential sweetheart neckline so popular in the WWII era. The side hip row of gathered poofs is a nice detail. I like how they were able to add pizzaz with these kinds of details even though fabric was rationed.

This pretty gown was well loved. It’s rayon with a taffeta lining. The lovely, drapey attached shawl on the back looks floaty and feminine.

Or how about a pretty day dress like this rayon floral novelty print from the 1940’s. What an unusual pretty print!


Ah ha! And a red dress similar to the one Kate Winslet wears as “Tilly” in “The Dressmaker”.


If only I were a thin slip of a girl, I could make my dreams of a tight red wiggle dress come true. Sigh.