1940s DRESS

Insight & Inspiration

This is a classic and flattering 1940s inspired dress, a style particularly good on curvy ladies endowed with an ample bust and/or broad hips.

The top of the dress features gathering at the shoulders, upper bust and upper back. Identical front and back V neckline finishes high enough to hide your bra and not compromise your modesty (try a few different styles of bra beneath this dress to find the most flattering and comfortable combination).

This vintage style dress is a 1940s classic. Alternatively, take a look at our 1940s blouse and skirt ensemble.

Detailed Description

The fabric is a lightweight 1940s inspired rayon that flows freely from the underbust to create a flattering A line shape skirt that finishes below the knee. The colour is a beautiful base for the creamy polka dots. This print is a simple yet unique and appealing alternative for those of us with a wardrobe full of black and navy!

We love the tailoring and the classic feminine style of this 1940s inspired dress. It's a casual day dress that can easily be worn with flats and a cardigan but is smart and elegant enough to dress up for a special occasion (pictured here is The Lillie Shoe). A very versatile option that will earn you many a compliment.

Fitted through the midsection, the underbust is sewn in sections for a flattering fit that will accentuate a waist.

Rayon, Waist Lined in Rayon

The dress zips up the back with an additional hook at the top.

Size & Fit Expertise

This is a dress that shows off your smallest part - your empire line, under bust. This is great for girls with bigger hips as the dress just floats over the tummy and hips. The bust area is heavily ruched so will flatter an ample or a smaller bosom - the fit through this part is fairly fluid and can easily be made perfect with a little stitch in the right place.

If you are someone that sizes up to accommodate your curves, in this dress you want to make the most of your smallest part, size as small as you feel comfortable in the midsections. This will give this 40s inspired dress its overall shape and style.

If using the size chart -  it is your empire line / under bust / high waist measurement that you should use as your gauge to find the right 'waist' size. There is no elastic in the mid section.  

Approx 37" TO 26.5" 41.5" UK 6
Approx 38" TO 28" 42" UK 8
Approx 39" TO 29.5" 42.5" UK 10
Approx 40" TO 31" 43" UK 12
Approx 41" TO 32.5" 43.5" UK 14
Approx 42" TO 34" 44" UK 16
Approx 43" TO 35.5" 44.5"

UK 18

Approx 44" TO 37" 45" UK 20
Approx 45" TO 38.5" 45.5" UK 22
Approx 44" TO 40" 46" UK 24

 These measurements provided by Trashy Diva are of the dress laid flat, its not an exact science but it might help. See above for our recommendations.

Our model Nina normally sizes up to UK 12 to accommodate her bust but in this dress wears UK 10 to show off her small waist.

Delivery & Returns

FREE UK DELIVERY on orders over £50. Delivery within 7 days.

If you would like your item sooner please note our same day despatch deadline is 3pm and select your preferred Royal Mail service accordingly. 

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