Saturday, February 16, 2013

Vintage or Retro: 1950's Sun Dress

Isn't is amazing how REAL vintage is often better priced than the copies? This example compares a light blue denim 1950's sun dress with a super cute buttoned back against a new retro style copy in orange. As you look closely, notice that the vintage has many more details, like the great pockets. Both have eye catching full skirt panels in multi-color tones, both are sleeveless with scoop necklines.

When is comes to comfort, the orignal denim model is all cotton, while the copy has more polyester than cotton in the fabric. Both have back details, the 50's style actually buttons closed, so it can be made to fit just by moving a few buttons over. The new version has fake buttons and a side zipper.

What really boggles the mind is that the copy is nearly $100, but the original dress is less than $90. Kinda makes you stop and think, doesn't it!

Original Dress is for sale HERE in our PintuckStyle shop on Etsy.

Copy dress is available at ModCloth, which lists "vintage clothing" in the tag (shame on them!)


Lizzie said...

I like the original much more than the copy. The back is just super cute with the buttons on the side and the V shape.

Sarah Edgecumbe said...

LOVE the buttons on the back!

nz designers clothing said...

I love Orange color Sun dress.Specially it's back,it is awesome.I want that badly,Can I get this,Are they on sale?

Catherine @ Vintage Frills said...

You can't beat the real thing! The problem is real vintage is getting harder to find, which I think pushes up the prices of reproductions.

Anonymous said...

2 more reasons i like the original better: knife pleats aren't quite as . . . thickening . . . as gathers for those of us who are suffering middle-aged-secretarial-spread, and the back neckline is cut higher and narrower, which means you have a wider choice of bras to wear underneath!

Jen O said...

I agree those of you who noted the double buttoned back details. I can't help but think that this was only possible in the days when someone might get help with buttoning up the back of a dress or blouse.