Vintage style: beautiful dresses on a budget

It finally happened, after years of waiting and appearing in public in dubious outfits, ranging from Madonna to Medusa (complete with plastic snakes), someone I know had a 50s themed party.

The best part of this event for me I’m sorry to say was probably the opportunity it presented to both search for and then wear a delightful new dress.  My hunt this time turned up a couple of websites I hadn’t come across before, selling their frocky wares for bargain prices.  I realise you’re paying for different levels of quality and cut, but sometimes if I’m only going to be wearing a dress a few times for a summer or two, I can’t justify a big spend on this publishing salary.  Of course, if I needed a dress for a wedding or work event, that throws an entirely different light on the matter.

So, this is my very own splurge or steal guide to typical vintage dress styles!  It’s worth noting that these are all reproduction/new and therefore more widely available than vintage finds.


40’s shirt dress

STEAL – LAFrock 40’s shirt dress, £54.99


SPLURGE – Tara Starlet utility dress, £75

40’s hawaiian sarong dress

STEAL – Collectif sarong dress hibiscus, £50


SPLURGE – Tara Starlet haiwaiian sarong dress, £75


50’s plain halterneck wiggle dress

STEAL – Sirens & Starlets fitted wiggle dress, £24.99


SPLURGE – 20th Century Foxy 1950s wiggle dress, £110

50’s floral halterneck circle dress

STEAL – Sirens & Starlets Hell Bunny swing dress, £42.50


SPLURGE – Vivien of Holloway 50s halterneck floral dress, £79


50’s satin halterneck wiggle dress

STEAL – Sirens & Starlets 50s pencil party dress, £29.99


SPLURGE – Vintage Allure Marilyn dress, £69

60’s peter pan collar a-line dress

STEAL – Retro Vixens Dolly black dress, £54.97


SPLURGE – Atom Retro Sabrina dolly dress, £69.99


Happy shopping!

PS If you’re wondering what dress I went for, it was the Sirens & Starlets halterneck wiggle dress in polka dot for a bargainous £24.99…


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