The charm of vintage pieces are not just it’s looks or the decades-old designers that made them. There’s a unique soul to each piece that captivates even the most picky dresser, and no one can deny the topnotch quality of heirloom pieces that already stood the test of time.
Vintage clothing collectors know the great value of each piece they stumble upon, especially those from luxury designers of known expertise in the fashion industry. If you’re one who love to go down the memory lane of fashion icons and stars of each decade through the known clothing design; or if you’re fond of what fashion eras are known for; or even more if you are collecting vintage or vintage-inspired fashion pieces, this list will be a sure treat for you. Here are 23 of the most classy vintage designer dresses to mesmerize you:
GUCCI Grosgrain-trimmed jersey mini dress
Gucci‘s stamp of its iconic glamour and detailing are all over this mini dress. Grosgrain trims in red, blue and white adorn the waist and collar of this dress, a signature mark we have all come to love about the label. The military pockets in ’40s style perfectly add sophistication, while the front zipper allows you to wear it as a jacket, too.
CHRISTIAN DIOR VINTAGE lace detail slip dress
From the post-war era, this Christian Dior vintage slip dress brings with it a loaded history of fashion’s feminine restoration in its designs and pieces. This piece reflects that through the lace detailing, body-hugging silhouette, lace details, a sweetheart neckline and short length. The mishmash of all these elements resulted to the perfect feminine Dior piece.
CHLOÉ Asymmetric lace-trimmed silk-blend midi dress
Chloé features in its Spring ’18 runway this beautiful asymmetric midi dress that might be manufactured in the contemporary times, but well-inspired by the love for ruffles by the past decades. The butterfly sleeves on this pieces creates a greater impact for each movement, complemented by the frothy unbalanced hem that flows with the wind. The backless feature and a back tie serve as the cherry on top.
VERSUS VINTAGE jacquard baby-doll dress
Gorgeous colors in an interesting print for a lovely dress aren’t details that come together easily. But Versus Vintage seems to hit the bull’s eye on this one, a baby-doll dress that celebrates vibrant hues, artistic prints, and the body-tight fit of baby-doll dresses that highlights the heart-shaped neckline and semi-balloon skirt.
GUCCI Grosgrain-trimmed floral-print silk crepe de chine midi dress
Another Gucci piece brings us back in time with this vintage-inspired dress that’s part of Alessandro Michele‘s Fall ’17 collection. Beautiful floral print in vibrant colors plus the cream cuffs and collar create a wonderful contrast against the black fabric used for this piece. Overall, a fantastic masterpiece.
HERMÈS VINTAGE printed dress
You might be always on the lookout for Hermès bags, but the label’s vintage pieces are to die for, as well. This printed dress, for instance, endears us with its artistic print on a glamorous silk material. Added combination of low sweetheart neckline, thin spaghetti straps and tiny camouflaged buttons truly makes this a standout piece for its era.
GÜL HÜRGEL Linen and cotton-blend dress
Immediately giving us a sailor dress vibe is Gül Hürgel‘s linen and cotton blend dress. it is definitely one of the great choices out there for a summer trip down to a lovely beach, with its layered neckline that will gracefully flutter with the beach side wind and long skirt that will keep you looking refined. We love the waist highlight that the circular belt gives, perfect to frame your lovely curves.
PIERRE CARDIN VINTAGE PIERRE CARDIN belted dress
All the way back from the 1960s, Pierre Cardin‘s vintage dress will instantly captivate you with its rich brown suede perfectly tailored to cover you during windy days. The lovely collar is parted by a zipper that runs down until the waistline, meeting the thick suede belt with a geometric metallic buckle for a bit of shine. Wear it with pants or leggings to counter the short length.
VERSACE Printed silk-twill midi dress
Donatella pays tribute to her brother’s designs back when he was alive through the pieces in Versace‘s Spring 2018 collection. This midi dress exudes such nod to the unique design by Gianni, with this bold and iconic print, plus the gold cufflinks detailed with another signature detail of the label, the Medusa head. Take it one step further by pairing it with the matching bra, leaving a few buttons undone to show off the same design.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER VINTAGE optical printed long dress
A sleek, long, and finely detailed dress from Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage fabulously joins this list. Giving off a look that takes the viewer into a galactic trance, we see constellation-like prints all over the dress. An image of a man plus a branding detail locks in the signature style of the brand.
CARVEN Lace-up cotton-poplin midi dress
From the first collection of Creative Director Serge Ruffieux for Carven, this midi dress draws inspiration from archives of the label and even the founder’s life. Such is evident in the lace-up detail at the front and the gathered fabric at the back, great features that complements the A-line skirt of the piece.
CHANEL VINTAGE short sleeve one piece dress
The sleek first-impression of this one piece dress from Chanel Vintage emanates from the simplicity of its silhouette and design. Starting from a classic pointed collar, this piece also features short sleeves, a long skirt that falls down up to mid leg length and buttons at the front. The ramie fabric exudes a muted electric vibe, balanced by the small but numerous branding all over the dress, so small that you can only read the “CHANEL” words when you take a good closer look.
SONIA RYKIEL Sequin-embellished cotton-blend tweed mini dress
While made during contemporary times, Sonia Rykel‘s tweed mini dress totally exudes a ’60s vibe with its patch pockets and cotton-blend tweed that incorporates different hues. We are loving the body-hugging fit of this piece, definitely a good accent to the wearer’s curves and the short length of the hem. Fine fringes both on the cuffs and hem completes the fun party look of this dress.
CHRISTIAN DIOR VINTAGE printed one shoulder dress
Christian Dior Vintage‘s dress is one that will make people remember you—its features are so mesmerizing that it’s an outfit that will mark on memory. Designed with a one-shoulder feature, this dress shows off your shoulders in a flattering manner, while the bias cut well-complements the grey print on the silk.
Bottega Veneta Sleeveless Vintage Lamb Dress
Bottega Veneta proves its creative flare with this vintage dress made from white lamb leather. The sleeveless design and fitted silhouette are aptly decorated with fringes on the sides and the skirt. Metal eyelets embroidered on the dress add a bit of shine to the piece, breaking the monotony of the white hue.
CHRISTIAN DIOR VINTAGE frill bias cut dress
Stand out among a party crowd with this dress from Christian Dior Vintage. Just like the look of the elite class back when grand balls were common, you’ll definitely have the air of sophistication with the frill on the bias cut hem and the short sleeves. We love the deep V at the front, but more so at the back, where there is a sheer layer effect that looks utterly lovely.
Kate Spade New York vintage bloom shane dress w/ cold shoulder
Lace trims add the gorgeous vintage feel to this cold shoulder dress with bold floral prints. Exposing just the right amount of skin on the shoulders, this dress falls gracefully down below the knee, a modest feature that will match both formal and social events.
YVES SAINT LAURENT VINTAGE off-shoulder bustier dress
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage released this bustier dress back in the 80s, a lovely piece that exudes sultriness and sexiness of whoever wears it. The lace detail elevates the look of the bodice, while sheer sleeves are reminiscent of gypsy fashion. Finally, a simple skirt completes the piece, ensuring that the design won’t look too over-the-top.
Theia Vintage Beaded Sleeveless V-Neck Gown
Be the star of an evening gala or prom by wearing this fabulous gown by Theia Vintage. Detailed with beads designed in a glamorous manner, this piece has a true unique goddess vibe, especially with its long train at the back. Wow the crowd too, with the plunging neckline that will accentuate your beautiful decolletage.
CHRISTIAN DIOR VINTAGE haute couture gown
Another piece from Christian Dior Vintage is this haute couture gown that has a lovely sheen on it. Thanks to the gunmetal grey silk material, the design of this piece has bee brought to another level. We definitely adore the sweetheart neckline that is well-balance by the long sleeves, while the skirt design has a queenly effect that adds glamour to the gown.
EMILIA WICKSTEAD Hilary printed cotton-poplin dress
A more laid back vintage dress comes from Emilia Wickstead, taking inspiration from the 1930s Cotton Club. Aside from the serene and artistic prints on this piece, pleats decorate the skirt while a belt cinches the waist for more flattering effect. Complement the outline of the belt by wearing black sandals for a more cohesive look.
CHANEL VINTAGE frill detail dress
This frill detail dress from Chanel vintage is truly a showstopper. From its royal blue silk material, the frill design on the bodice, the thin sleek straps, to the above-the-knee length, this piece shouts fab and glamour consistently. You won’t be feeling lonely in any party to wear this too, as we are sure you’ll magnet men and women alike in this number.
SIMONE ROCHA Bow-embellished silk-satin dress
Part of Simone Rocha‘s Spring 2018 collection, this black dress is a nod to the designer’s favorite toy as a little girl: China dolls in dressed in Victorian style. Such inspiration channeled a true feel of the Victorian era, manifesting in this dress through the peter pan collar and bow ties all over the shoulders, the sleeves and the waist. A true fab piece that also exudes sophistication.
We hope we have proven our point in letting you see all these vintage and vintage-inspired pieces that are truly magnificent and lovable. These classy dresses will not only take you back to their wonderful era, but will catapult you upward into the higher level of sophistication and creative appreciation for true masterpieces in the past decades and years.