Vintage basic dress

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.

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 SO BERRY PRETTY silk linen dress / size medium

 

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

 

Vintage 1960s BICOASTAL plaid dress / size small

Vintage 1960s BICOASTAL plaid dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s Emerald Isle silk dress / size small

Vintage 1960s EMERALD ISLE silk dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s CITY BEAT wool dress / size medium

Vintage 1960s CITY BEAT wool dress / size medium

 

Vintage GUEST EDITOR 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!

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Christy

Vintage Dress Talon Zephyr

While listing this dress in my shop I realized I had stumbled upon a little bit of history! The tag on the dress reads, “Revolutionary new nylon closure. Talon Zephyr. Virtually snag proof and “self-healing.” If fabric should catch, bend fastener in half and pull apart–zip to bottom and up, Zephyr heals itself.”

So I did some research to learn what this “revolutionary” new technology was they were talking about. Metal zippers were used almost exclusively from the 1940s until 1960 and most often into the ’60s, but in 1960 a company, Talon Inc., introduced the nylon zipper (something we are all very familiar with now!). This dress happens to be one of the early adopters of this “new” technology.

These nylon zippers were not immediately popular, but you will find one from time to time, as I did with this dress. Pretty remarkable to find a dress like this with its tags still attached.

Here are a couple advertisements for the Talon Zephyr:

Talon Zephyr

 

Talon Zephyr

 

What I most love about vintage fashion is that each garment is literally a piece of history. When you own a vintage 1960s dress, for instance, you are holding in your hand a piece of the 60s. The world was a completely different place than it is now, and you get a taste of that. When you wear a 1950s prom dress, you are wearing history. Someone who shopped at very different stores than we shop at, who dated boys in a different way than we do now, danced to music we don’t listen to anymore IN THAT DRESS. It’s like a time casual. I’ll never get over how cool that is.

This dress is available in the shop now.

 

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Thrifty Vintage Kitten