The 1960s birthed a dress silhouette called the “fitted dress.” It’s also known as the “basic dress.” It was a far cry from the huge skirts Dior made famous in the 1950s with his “New Look.”
1951 Christian Dior. Image from Pinterest.
It’s a simple fitted dress that is usually cut with a jewel neckline, bust darts, fitted, set-in sleeves, natural waistline, and a straight skirt.
I seem to attract this silhouette more than any others when I’m hunting for vintage. Perhaps women in Chicago favored this shape more than others in the 1960s. As they should, because this type of shape translates so well over time. Take any one of the dresses below, toss on a cardigan (for the sleeveless ones), and you have yourself an extremely sharp outfit for the office. Wool is fantastic for winter and silk linen is beautiful and breathable for summer. Look polished, put together, and pretty. The ideal combination, if you ask me.
Here’s a number of fresh listings in the shop that all fall under this 1960s fitted dress category. All images are linked, so shop away!
Vintage 1960s SO BERRY PRETTY silk linen dress / size medium
Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small
Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium
Vintage 1960s BICOASTAL plaid dress / size small
Vintage 1960s EMERALD ISLE silk dress / size small
Vintage 1960s CITY BEAT wool dress / size medium
Vintage GUEST EDITOR wool dress / size medium
P.S. If any of the links take you to my shop homepage and not the dress itself it’s because the dress has sold. Scoop ‘em up before they go!