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Vintage Midi Dresses

Of all the skirted items in our wardrobes, a midi dress is probably the most worn and enjoyed.  It is a great choice for night and day, work and play and its length makes it the most versatile of all gowns as designers throughout the 20th century have proved.  In shape, fabric, colour and style the choices to be found in vintage midi dresses is boundless.  We defy any woman to find a dress in the shops today without seeing the ghost of its vintage dress grandmother still present. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, as skirts lifted off the ground, women realised what they’d been missing. During the First World War, while the men were away, women entered roles never previously considered, and this new workforce needed their everyday clothes to become practical to suit their new working lives.  Today, this remains too true with midi dresses often worn as a great option for work when you want to wear one.  Once the skirts had lifted, there was really no bringing them back down to the ground, unless to a ball, and the 1920's and designers such as Coco Chanel and Jean Patou created a new athletic aesthetic of young athletic bodies in columnar simple dresses.  The below the knee and mid-calf length dresses of the 1920’s and the following 1930’s and 1940’s demonstrated how truly elegant this length of dress can be with shift dresses, layered dresses, tea dresses, coat dresses and shirt dresses in beautiful fabrics from sheer layered chiffons to shining lamé and printed cottons to shimmering satins.

In contrast, midi dresses of the 1950’s offer an entirely different aesthetic.  Christian Dior and his ‘New Look’ of 1947 took full effect in the 1950’s with expanding skirts and nipped in waists. Dior had wanted to emulate the femininity of the 1930’s before War put practicality first.  Now, ration books went out the window as yards of fabric were cut to create this new fabulous silhouette.  Yet, as the decade progressed and moved into the 1960’s femininity could be expressed in an entirely opposing way with skirts with hemlines narrower than the hips, creating the iconic ‘wiggle’ effect on curvaceous figure like Marilyn Monroe as they walked.  For those without the prefect hip to bottom ratio, the 1970’s offered a new and refreshing alternative with Diane von Furstenburg’s wrap dresses in bold simple prints. Introduced in 1974, this is a style of dress which has proved such a hit that its popularity is really yet to fade.  Whatever your favourite midi dress shape or style, find a perfect example from every decade on the Open for Vintage rails.

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Super Rare 2007 Comme des Garcons Runway Documented Rising Sun Dress Unused

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Comme Des Garcons Womens Fashion Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Bust Waist  Hips  Length  Across Shoulder   92cm/ 36" 79cm/ 31"  97cm/ 38"  114cm/ 45"  36cm/ 14"
$5,275.87

50s Navy Day Dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1950s navy day dress. Front button closure, as well as metal side zipper. Floral burnout organza skirt. Two box pleats on both front and back of skirt. Acetate lining. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1950s navy day dress. Front button closure, as well as metal side zipper. Floral burnout organza skirt. Two box pleats on both front and back of skirt. Acetate lining. Length (inches) : 44 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Decade : 1950-1959
$553.87

50s Black Ruffle Day Dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 50s Black Ruffle Day Dress. Unlined, side zip closure, Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 50s Black Ruffle Day Dress. Unlined, side zip closure, Length (inches) : 54.5 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1940-1949
$630.99

Murray Arbeid 1980s Red Flocked Velvet Vintage Gown

Murray Arbeid Red and Black Flocked Velvet and Taffeta Evening Dress, 1980s
$291.59

Chloe 1970s Green Silk Vintage Boho Ruffle Dress

Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld 1970s Vintage Green Ruffled Silk & Embroidered Lace Dress
$1,184.56

Leonard Paris 1980s Monochrome Vintage Sweater Dress

Leonard Paris Monochrome Vintage Wool Blend Knitted Jumper Dress, 1980s
$328.03

20s White Cotton Day Dress w/ Pintucks & Lace

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 20s White Cotton Day Dress w/ Pintucks. Embroidered and crocheted lace. Decorative side crocheted baubles. No closures. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 20s White Cotton Day Dress w/ Pintucks. Embroidered and crocheted lace. Decorative side crocheted baubles. No closures. Length (inches) : 43 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Decade : 1920-1929
$1,892.97

90s Jean Paul Gaultier Black Mesh Sun Dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Jean Paul Gaultier Womens Fashion Length (inches) : 37 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1990-1999

30s Red Chiffon Day Dress w/ Seed Bead Embellishment

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 30s Red Chiffon Day Dress w/ Seed Bead Embellishment. Comes with detachable sash. Metal snap side closure. Wear on fabric consistent with age. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 30s Red Chiffon Day Dress w/ Seed Bead Embellishment. Comes with detachable sash. Metal snap side closure. Wear on fabric consistent with age. Length (inches) : 47 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Decade : 1930-1939
$980.14

50s Two-Tone Orange Day Dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 50s Two-Tone Orange Day Dress. Metal back zip. Original belt included. Lined skirt, faced skirt. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 50s Two-Tone Orange Day Dress. Metal back zip. Original belt included. Lined skirt, faced skirt. Length (inches) : 43 Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, , Decade : 1950-1959

1930s Brown Plaid Day Dress with Matching Belt

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1930s Brown Plaid Day Dress with Matching Belt. Cream and brown plaid day dress with matching belt, original buckle/buttons, and double front kick pleats. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1930s Brown Plaid Day Dress with Matching Belt. Cream and brown plaid day dress with matching belt, original buckle/buttons, and double front kick pleats. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Decade : 1930-1939
$694.10

White Day Dress with Swiss Dots, 1930s

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1930s White Day Dress with Swiss Dots. White day dress of a faille fabric and raised Swiss dots. Oversized original buttons, opened back, and pockets. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1930s White Day Dress with Swiss Dots. White day dress of a faille fabric and raised Swiss dots. Oversized original buttons, opened back, and pockets. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Decade : 1930-1939
$694.10

White Cotton Day Dress with Peach Embroidered Hem, 1920s

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1920s White Cotton with Peach Embroidered Hem. White cotton day dress with multi-toned peach hand embroidered hem and narrow pleating. Sleeves are slightly ruffled. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1920s White Cotton with Peach Embroidered Hem. White cotton day dress with multi-toned peach hand embroidered hem and narrow pleating. Sleeves are slightly ruffled. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Decade : 1920-1929
$834.32

1930s Green Crepe Day Dress with Antique Brass Trim

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1930s Green Crepe Day Dress with Antique Brass Trim. Green crepe day dress with first use of brass zippers both on side placate and sleeve wrists. With beautiful antique brass trim on modified shaw and medieval girdle hip treatment. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1930s Green Crepe Day Dress with Antique Brass Trim. Green crepe day dress with first use of brass zippers both on side placate and sleeve wrists. With beautiful antique brass trim on modified shaw and medieval girdle hip treatment. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Decade : 1930-1939
$694.10

1920 Black Cotton Day Dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Bust (inches) : 1920 Black Cotton Day Dress. Late 20s early 30s black cotton day dress. Enlarged tied collar closed with a mother of pearl buckle. Peplum over skirt at waist. A-line cut. Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Vintage Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 1920 Black Cotton Day Dress. Late 20s early 30s black cotton day dress. Enlarged tied collar closed with a mother of pearl buckle. Peplum over skirt at waist. A-line cut. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1920-1929
$694.10

Costume National Day dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Costume National Womens Fashion Style : Costume Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : 42
$264.25

Roberto Cavalli Fancy day dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Cavalli Womens Fashion Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, , Size : 42
$264.25

Diane von Furstenberg Lovely Blue Day Dress. Size 6

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Diane Von Furstemberg Womens Fashion Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Decade : 2010-
$316.61

Louis Vuitton New never used Day Dress. Retail Price more than 2200$

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Midi Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Midi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Louis Vuitton Womens Fashion Style : Cocktail Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 2010-
$1,575.11

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Multicoloured Vintage Puffball Dress

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Multicolored Pouf Bustle Dress, 1980s
$1,457.93

Jean Varon 1970s Bohemian Vintage Maxi Dress

Jean Varon Vintage 1970s Brown Floral Cotton Balloon Sleeve Voile Dress
$273.36

Thierry Mugler 1980s Black Cut Out Vintage Dress

Thierry Mugler Sculptural One Shoulder Vintage Black Cotton Party Dress, 1980s
$273.36

JC de Castelbajac 1990s Op Art Dollar Print Vintage Dress

JC de Castelbajac Iconic Vintage Dollar Money Print White Jersey Sun Dress, 1990s
$455.60

Bob Mackie 1980s Beaded Vintage Little Black Dress

Bob Mackie Vintage Black Jersey Shift Dress with Trompe Loeil Beaded Dagger
$637.84

Vicky Tiel 1980s Metallic Silver Vintage Party Dress

An incredibly sexy and elegant vintage Vicky Tiel dress from the 1980s in a silver lame fabric.
$719.85

Vintage 1970s Boho Kimono Cotton Dress

Capriccio Vintage Cotton Kimono Sleeve Vibrant Multicoloured Dress, 1970s
$455.60

Louis Feraud 1980s Puff Sleeve Vintage Cocktail Party Dress

Louis Féraud Documented Vintage 1980s Off the Shoulder Cocktail Party Dress
$455.60

Louis Feraud 1980s Tiered Skirt Vintage Ruffle Dress

Louis Féraud Documented Vintage 1980s Strapless Satin Cocktail Party Dress
$328.03

Sophie Sitbon 1990s Mesh Cut Out Vintage Little Black Dress

Sophie Sitbon Black Crepe Off the Shoulder Cage Sleeve Little Black Dress, 1990s
$455.60

Bruce Oldfield 1980s Silk Chiffon Vintage Strapless Dress

Bruce Oldfield Vintage 1980s Cream Silk Chiffon Striped Strapless Party Dress
$273.36

Arnold Scaasi 1980s Nude Strapless Vintage Dress

Arnold Scaasi Vintage 1990s Nude & Black Floral Lace Mini Cocktail Party Dress
$364.48

Mignon 1980s Black Asymmetrical Vintage Party Dress

Mignon Vintage Black Sequin Silk Asymmetrical Origami One Shoulder Cocktail Party Dress, 1980s
$510.27

Louis Feraud 1980s Black Wool Vintage Office Dress

Louis Feraud Vintage 1980s Black Wool & Silk Sophisticated Tiered Day Dress
$364.48

Valentino 1980s Feather Trimmed Vintage Evening Dress

An incredibly sexy vintage evening dress from the 1980s by legendary fashion house, Valentino
$820.08

Jean Patou 1960s Vintage Mod Shift Dress

Jean Patou Vintage 1960s Black Wool Sleeveless Mod Cocktail Shift Dress
$637.84

Zandra Rhodes 1980s Vintage Pink Cocktail Dress

Zandra Rhodes Ribbonwork on Lace & Printed Silk Taffeta Cocktail Dress, 1980s
$510.27

Valentino 1980s Vintage Velvet & Wool Party Dress

Valentino Vintage 1980's Black Velvet & Wool Long Sleeve Evening Party Dress
$328.03

Moschino 1980s Vintage Novelty Appliqued Dress

Unworn Moschino Vintage 1980s Surrealist House Cream & Red Wool Blend Knit Dress
$820.08

LEONARD 1960s 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Dress Size S

This vintage Leonard dress from the late 1960s or early 1970s is made of a fine silk jersey with a detailed signature print in the most beautiful colours.
$555.83

Oscar De La Renta 1980s Black Party Vintage Dress

Oscar De La Renta Vintage Black Velvet & Lace Embroidered Party Dress, 1980s
$637.84

Odicini Couture 1990s Red Cocktail Party Dress

Odicini Couture Woven Red White & Black Ribbon Bardot Party Dress, 1990s
$273.36

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Vintage Evening Dress Crystal Buttons Size S

A rare Yves Saint Laurent evening dress from the 1970s with crystal rhinestone buttons.
$792.75

David Emanuel 1980s Pink Puff Sleeve Folk Dress

David & Elizabeth Emanuel Vintage Pink Cotton & Broderie Anglaise Dress, 1980s
$637.84

Nina Ricci 1980s Green Velvet Vintage Party Dress

Nina Ricci Vintage Dark Green Velvet Swag Detail Evening Dress, 1980s
$637.84

Louis Feraud 1980s Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Evening Dress

A 1980s black & blue polka dot evening dress by Louis Feraud
$510.27

Halston 1970s Ultrasuede Peach Day Dress

A 1970s faux suede peach day dress by Halston
$364.48

Maggy Rouff 1960s Haute Couture Pink Mod Dress

Maggy Rouff Haute Couture Pink Wool Vintage Shift Dress, 1960s
$947.65

EMILIO PUCCI 1960s Vintage Signature Print Silk Dress Size XS-S

An exceptionally beautiful Emilio Pucci silk jersey dress featuring a graphic floral print with the iconic "Emilio" signature scattered throughout.
$911.20

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